Climate Adaptation and Forest Management at Catamount Community Forest discussion tomorrow night (Tuesday, May 5 7-8:30pm)

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Climate change, shifts in disturbance regimes, and an increasing prevalence of non-native invasive insects, diseases, and plants have created considerable uncertainty around how to best care for our forests into the future. In response to this challenge, a series of forest adaptation studies are being established across Vermont, including on the Catamount Community Forest, to learn more about how to sustain key forest ecosystem functions, including wildlife habitat and carbon sequestration, under novel environmental conditions.

Join Dr. Tony D’Amato, Ethan Tapper, the Chittenden County Forester, and the Catamount Community Forest Committee for a webinar on Tuesday, May 5 at 7-8:30pm discussing the effects of climate change on our forests, opportunities for adaptation and the overview of this specific project at the Catamount Community Forest.

Register at: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=qo4r6efab&oeidk=a07eh1vlkhu5dd5164a

New Book Club- Active Hope by Joanna Macy

We will be joining a national book club discussion on Active Hope by Joanna Macy.

“Books about social and ecological change
too often leave out a vital component:
how do we change ourselves
so that we are strong enough
to fully contribute to this great shift?
Active Hope fills this gap beautifully,
guiding readers on a journey of gratitude, grief,
interconnection and, ultimately, transformation.”
Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine.

For those of you interested in participating in the Active Hope book club, please fill out this form to let the national group know that you’re joining in. They will reach out to all “registered” participants when the date of the first conversation is finalized for the week of May 18. Please finish Part 1 (~80 pages) by then. If you’d like to weigh on when the meeting to chat about Part 1 should be, fill out this Doodle Poll before May 1.

Most of the book is available for free reading via Google Books preview. It’s also free on Hoopla via Dorthy Alling Library. Contact Caylin if you would like to read her paper copy.

Regenerative Agriculture for the Home Gardener – Webinar (hosted by 350.org & SW)

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Join us Tuesday, April 14 from 7-9 pm, to learn how to build soil health and sequester carbon while growing your own food. This event will featuring CAT BUXTON, co-founder of the Vermont Healthy Soils Coalition. The webinar will cover all aspects of starting your regenerative garden this spring – from cover cropping to no-till methods. Co-sponsored by 350VT and Sustainable Williston.

To receive info on how to join this webinar, please register for event at
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Sustainable Williston Virtual Meeting Tonight!

Tonight’s meeting will be a calendar planning session at 7:15 PM.

Remote meeting information (Zoom):

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Meeting ID: 231 659 376 Password: 077753

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Sustainable Williston Meetings Go Virtual

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Due to COVID-19 (coronavirus) Sustainable Williston meetings are going virtual. Virtual meeting links will be posted by the morning of the 4th Thursday of each month.

We are considering holding virtual meetings on the 2nd Thursday of each month as well, in lieu of the social, to avoid risks. The extra meeting could help keep activities moving forward. Stay tuned.

Kick-Off – Williston’s Fabric Shopping Bag Sewing Group

For October we are combining our social with a special event:

Kick-Off – Williston’s Fabric Shopping Bag Sewing Group

Example bag sewn by Melinda Petter of Sustainable Williston.

Please join us as we gather to start a community group focused on Sewing Fabric Shopping Bags.

Date: Thurs, October 10
Time: 7 – 8:30 PM
Where: Isham Family Farm Barn, 3515 Oak Hill Rd, Williston

We will be sewing fabric shopping bags – in advance of VT’s new law banning single use plastic shopping bags which goes into effect July 2020. You can sew a bag for yourself, for a friend, or for a community member in need of a bag.

We will provide a simple pattern, instruction, tables, cutting boards, an iron, and ironing board.

Please bring your sewing machine, pins, scissors, and some sturdy woven fabric, and sew a bag with us. Acceptable fabrics include left-over yardage or used fabric from draperies etc., no tee-shirts or stretchy fabric please.
We should have extra fabric to share. And we certainly would appreciate any extra fabric you may consider donating!

Don’t have a sewing machine? Not ready to sew? You are welcome to just stop by, to chat, and see what we’re up to, or maybe even give someone a hand with cutting, folding, or ironing.

This initial Fabric Bag Sewing Group event will be combined with Sustainable Williston’s monthly social gathering. Simple snacks will be provided. Feel free to bring a drink. Beer/wine is allowed, BYOB.

Note, this first sewing group meeting is being held in an historic barn … which means no heating – dress warmly if the evening is chilly. The Fabric Bag Sewing Group will find an appropriate venue for the winter months ahead.

*RSVP’s appreciated, but not required*
RSVP to Melinda Petter mjpetter@gmail.com

Registration Ends 9/27 – 2019 Birth Tree Project

Williston Residents, take note! Registration for the 2019 program (children born between August 2018-Aug 2019) ends Friday 9/27! If you or someone you know has a recent birth/adoption and is a Williston resident, they can register and receive a free, native, tree/shrub to plant at their home in Williston!

Register Now!

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Documentary Showing Tomorrow! – Dorothy Alling Memorial Library

The Williston Master Naturalist program has been working on a series of events and projects around town. This Tuesday, May 21st is the next event!

Come view Hometown Habitat, Stories of Bringing Nature Home, a documentary on how and why native plants in your own garden or yard are critical to the survival and vitality of local ecosystems. Tuesday, May 21 at 6:30. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library. Sponsored by Williston Master Naturalists.

Hometown Habitat, Stories of Bringing Nature Home_Trailer from Catherine Zimmerman on Vimeo.

Repair Cafe Announced @ CVU – 5/18, 10 am – 2 pm

Sustainable Williston encourages Williston residents to attend this Repair Cafe event, recently announced at CVU:

“CVU EnACT is working with Transition Charlotte to coordinate a Repair Cafe here at CVU on Saturday, 5/18 from 10-2. A repair cafe is a community event where community volunteers offer no-cost repair of clothing, jewelry, electronics, small appliances, furniture and more! You bring the broken stuff and our volunteer fixers will use their skills to help you fix your stuff so we can keep it out of the landfill and learn from important skills from one another. At this point, we are continuing to recruit volunteer fixers — this is open to students, faculty, staff and CVU families. We especially need repairers who can help with: skateboards, lacrosse sticks, bikes, and small appliances like radios, cd/dvd players. We also especially need more fixers who know about computers, laptops and smartphones. Also, if you know how to mend clothing by hand or sewing machine, repair lamps–replace switches and cords, tighten wobbly lamps, sharpen garden tools, replace wooden handles, repair trimmers/weed-wackers, repair jewelry (no soldering), replace watch batteries, fix watch bands, repair furniture, sharpen knives or scissors, or tune chainsaws, we want you! If you can join us as a volunteer fixer for part or all of the event, please contact EnACT adviser Katie Antos Ketcham @ kantosketcham@cvsdvt.org or Jamey Gerlaugh with Transition Town Charlotte at Gerlaugh@gmail.com.