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Public Event Series Focuses on Climate Resilience and Soil Health

Public Event Series Focuses on Climate Resilience and Soil Health

Events Open to All Who Want to Build a More Livable, Resilient Region & Planet

March 3, 2020 – White River Junction, Vt. – What is good for the soil is good for our communities. That’s the theory behind a six-event discussion series, Climate and Community Resilience: Lessons from the Soil. The events will be held on six dates from late March through mid-May. Details are available at

Attendees will collaborate with presenters and facilitators to explore information about the land and inhabitants of the Upper Valley at different periods throughout time—the past, present and future. Ideas about soil health and how to take action in a time of climate, ecological, social and economic transformation will be shared. This six-event series will unpack the science of whole systems landscape function, explore how land and society change together and offer practical ways to engage with the landscape for community resilience and social justice. 

“Our soil, and the web of life within our soils, keeps our landscapes whole, letting life thrive,” said Cat Buxton, co-founder of Vermont Healthy Soils Coalition. “If humans can mimic this brilliance, we may be able to build upon the social mycelium that holds our communities together.” 

The entire series will take place in White River Junction. The first five events will be held at Bugbee Senior Center; the final event will be held at Sunrise Farm. All of the events are free, open to all and offer childcare. Refreshments will be provided by Hanover Co-op Food Stores and Upper Valley Food Co-op. Registration is encouraged:

  • Sunday, March 22, 2 to 6 p.m.: Earth’s Cycles: Foundations of Energy and Matter

  • Sunday, April 5, 2 to 6 p.m.: Historical Landscape: Learning from the Past

  • Monday, April 13, 5:30-8 p.m.: Here and Now: Human Impacts 

  • Sunday, April 26, 2 to 6 p.m.: Systems Collapse: Climate and Ecological Crisis

  • Monday, May 4 5:30 to 8 p.m.: Revolutionary Resilience: Creating a Different Future

  • Sunday, May 17, 2 to 6 p.m.: Fertile Ground: Reclaiming Power and Possibility. This culminating event will bring us together at Sunrise Farm to reflect on the power of natural systems and community collaboration. 

The Climate and Community Resilience: Lessons from the Soil event series is a collaboration of Vital Communities, Vermont Healthy Soils Coalition, Hanover Co-op Food Stores, Upper Valley Food Co-op, BALE, XRVT and Grow More Waste Less. More information is available at




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