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Worth Knowing: Check out some of these six upcoming events on composting, soil health, and climate change

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OCTOBER 28, Sunday 1 PM - 4 PM - ADVANCED BACKYARD COMPOSTING with Cat Buxton. Crafting a recipe for an aerated backyard compost system is a critical element to successfully transform the rotting pile of food into a healthy soil amendment that also protects wildlife. An overview of the soil food web will help you understand how and why to create compost that benefits your soil while managing kitchen and yard waste. Learn how to construct a pile that applies principles of structure and density to ensure that your living compost can hold air and water, creating the conditions that diverse microbial populations need to thrive. Suitable for all levels of understanding, and applicable for all sizes of family and neighborhood compost systems. Directions: 5 School Street, Saxtons River. Main Street Arts is at the intersection of School and Main Street. The house is the 2nd house on the right, but park cars at the elementary school. Sponsored by Living Earth Action Group. COST: $5-20 (suggested donation 'at the door'). No one turned away for lack of funds. REGISTER IN ADVANCE HERE:

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OCTOBER 30, Tuesday, 4:30 PM - 8:15 PM DROUGHTS AND DOWNPOURS: MANAGING FOR EXTREMES. An Upper Valley Adaptation Workgroup (UVAW) event at Hypertherm. Following a tour of Hypertherm's stormwater management system, panelists will present on information sharing, collaboration, and solutions. Cat Buxton's presentation, The Soil Sponge: Local Infiltration and Retention, will cover accessible means for building the soil carbon sponge at an individual and community scale. A community discussion will follow the panelists.This workshop is designed for all Upper Valley residents including community volunteer boards, municipal staff and committee members, land trusts, community organizations, business owners, landowners, public works professionals, and interested citizens.COST: Free! REGISTER HERE: (space is limited) CONTACT: Paige Heverly with any questions: or 802.291.9100 x114

NOVEMBER 1, Thursday Wellborn Hub Leadership Conference Presentation from 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM BUILDING RESILIENCE WITH CROSSCUTTING COMPOST CURRICULUM. The Thetford Elementary School compost system engages students in real world problem solving: reducing waste, building healthy soil, managing storm water and understanding how soil health affects landscape function and overall ecosystem health. Data students collect is the base for cross-cutting PBE, adaptable for K - 12.Field Trip Participants will depart Lake Morey Resort at 3PM and return by 6PM for dinner and a movie. Transportation will not be provided. We encourage carpooling and caravanning. 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM TOUR: A MODEL SCHOOL COMPOST SYSTEM Thetford Elementary School, Thetford Hill, VT Hosted by Cat Buxton, Grow More Waste Less & Thetford Elementary School. Visit Thetford Elementary School and learn how they have developed a robust and sustainable Environmental Food Loop; a school gardening and composting program that has become well-known across the Upper Valley. REGISTER HERE:

NOVEMBER 3, Saturday, 10 AM - 12 PM APPLYING SOIL HEALTH PRINCIPLES EVERYWHERE. What would happen if we shifted the paradigm of how people interface with the land? Can we as land managers help to slow water down, deepen watersheds, increase biological soil health and create conditions for thriving ecosystems? Join us in the National Park to answer these questions and more! This two-hour presentation will leave you inspired to get involved in your own backyard, schoolyard, and public lands to deepen the roots of security and community resilience for future generations. Engaging powerpoint with Q&A - all ages welcome! Co-sponsored by Vermont Coverts and the Vermont Woodlands Association. LOCATION: Forest Center, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, Woodstock, VT. Parking is available in the Billings Farm & Museum overflow lot, located on Old River Road. COST: Free! RESERVATIONS: Please pre-register (space is limited) – the National Park to reserve your space. Be sure to tell us how many are coming. To register or learn more visit online, call (802)457-3368 x 222, or e-mail

NOVEMBER 17, Saturday 4 - 6 PM WE CAN COOL THE PLANET NOW: FOOD, WATER, SOIL, CLIMATE, HOPE!A Resilience University event.The ripples of our daily choices directly impact climate change. Cat Buxton and Henry Swayze offer accessible, positive solutions that will help to cool the planet while restoring water, soil and public health. Henry covers the science of the natural systems that allow for planetary cooling and Cat digs in to understanding healthy soil and watershed function and how the average person can effect change in the backyard and in the marketplace. Donations are appreciated. COST: Free! Event to be held at BALE Commons in South Royalton. 

NOVEMBER 18, Sunday, 1 - 4 pm COMMON GROUND FOR CLIMATE ACTION.  Soil is the glue that holds our landscape and our communities together. The soil carbon sponge is a critical component of adapting to our changing climate and mitigating the effects of flooding and drought. Join members of the Vermont Healthy Soils Coalition to hear about the overlooked superhero for climate correction: The ground beneath our feet! Facilitators include author Grace Gershuny of Barnet, compost and soil health educator Cat Buxton of Sharon, and author Didi Pershouse of Thetford. Refreshments will be provided with sponsorship from Community Resilience Organization (CRO). Location and Parking: St. Johnsbury's Universalist Unitarian Church on Cherry St. (one-way, come in from Maple St.) and on Eastern Ave. Limited parking also available up driveway off Cherry St. on the hill behind the church. NOTE: Main parking lot off-limits to UU visitors except on Sunday mornings! COST: Free!

Cat Buxton, Grow More, Waste Less | Food Systems Consulting, LLC  Sharon, VT 802.359.3330 Buxton is a presenter • organizer • speaker • founding director, Vermont Healthy Soils Coalition • Vermont Master Composter • manager, Thetford Elementary Edible School yard • coordinator, Upper Valley Apple Corps• project manager, Hartford Riverwalk Trail.

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