Thursday, September 11, 2014

Transition Town Manchester News

After taking the summer months off, we will be holding our first fall meeting of Transition Town Manchester. It will be Monday, September 15 at 6:30 pm at Bill and Lisa Laberge's house at 5145 Route 30, Dorset VT. It will be a potluck and Dan Scarnecchia will be treating us to a couple new recipes for a signature "Riverwalk" cocktail... should be a good meeting! We will be discussing a few things noted below as well as our fall film series. Hope you can make it!

People’s Climate March Sept 21

September 21 we will join a massive, history making march in New York City. We'll be in the streets together to tell world leaders to turn decades of climate talk into immediate climate action in what might be the  biggest climate march ever. has all of the information you need. We want this moment to be about us - the people who are standing up in our communities, to organize, to build power, to confront the power of fossil fuels, and to shift power to a just, safe, peaceful world.

To make that happen, we need everyone - so invite your friends, family, colleagues, and whoever else to come with you this September.  Click here share the march on Facebook

If you're looking for more detailed information about the march, check out one of the links below:

To see bus, train, and housing information, click here.
To get involved in the organizing efforts, click here.
To volunteer to help out the day of the march, click here.
You can also get the most up to date information about the march route by visiting the website at

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Wild Edible Talk and Walk - May 31st at Hildene

On Saturday, May 31 from 1:00 to 4:30 pm, Hildene, in collaboration with Transition Town Manchester, will host a Wild Edible Talk and Walk with author and naturalist Russ Cohen.
Cohen is an environmentalist and wild foods enthusiast and the author of Wild Plants I Have Known … and Eaten, now in its fifth edition.  He has spent 40 years leading walking tours and teaching courses about wild edibles and foraging.  Led by Cohen, workshop participants will explore Hildene’s varied habitats and extensive grounds identifying edible plants, learning about the conditions that each plant needs to thrive as well as safe harvesting practices.  He will also focus on how to use and prepare wild plants to make delectable “wild dishes.”
The Wild Edibles workshop, emphasizing the value of caring for the natural world and sustainable living, is in keeping with the missions of both Hildene and Transition Town.   Cohen’s book will be available for purchase and the author will be there for signing. 
Check in is at the Welcome Center where the program begins in the Beckwith Room.
Registration is required as class size is limited.  The event is $10/person ($8 for Hildene members).  Please RSVP by May 28 to Stephanie at or 802-367-7960.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Film: More Than Honey - May 21, 2014 at 7pm - Mark Skinner Library

On May 21, 2014 at 7 pm at the Mark Skinner Library, Transition Town Manchester will be showing the film: More Than Honey, a documentary film by Swiss filmmaker Markus Imhoof.

Over the past 15 years all over the planet billions of bees have been disappearing. In the US alone it is estimated that 1.5 million beehives in 27 states have lost their bees (in 2013). Scientists are very concerned about this phenomenon which they call “colony collapse disorder” since 80% of plants species, including fruits and vegetables require pollination from bees. What is to blame? Pesticides? Parasites? New viruses?

Come and see this timely documentary film to learn about some of the possible causes responsible for the weakening of the bees’ immune defenses. This film looks into the fascinating world of bees on small family-run beekeeping farms as well as on industrialized honey farms. You will learn about the relationship between humankind and honeybees and about the future for this symbiotic bond. More Than Honey makes it clear that “stability is just as unhealthy as unlimited growth, that crises and disasters are triggering evolution and that salvation sometimes comes from a completely unexpected direction.” (taken from

Come join us. There will be a short discussion afterwards. Suggested donation is $5.00. 

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Join the growth at the Manchester Community & Education Garden 2014 Season

Join the growth at the
Manchester Community & Education Garden
2014 Season
Want to grow your own fresh vegetables & flowers? Not enough space at home for a garden bed? Not enough sunlight? Maybe you just like being part of a supportive community and having other gardeners to offer advice? These are just some of the reasons why area folks join the Manchester Community & Educational Garden. The soil is very healthy. The people are very friendly. Community Garden members enjoy their own luscious spaces alongside the Youth Agriculture Project and MEMS Garden. It’s a real community effort.
There is a work day scheduled Saturday, May 3 (May 10th rain date) from 9-12. Stop by and find out more about the garden!
We already have four new members for 2014 in addition to the 14 members from 2013, but there are more plots available. The garden is a joint effort between the Tutorial Center, Manchester Elementary and Middle School, Transition Town Manchester and the Town of Manchester.
Last year the Youth Agriculture Project cultivated a third acre of produce and flowers donating hundreds of lbs of vegetables to Meals on Wheels.
This spring we are also looking for high school students (who need community service credit) to work in the garden. The Youth Agriculture Project will continue this summer and will have room for five youth ages 16-21 to participate. There are prerequisites for these paid positions. Visit: for more information.
A plot at the garden located at the Manchester Recreation Area includes a 20x20 area. The cost is minimal. If you are interested in the garden or the Youth Agriculture Project please contact:
Hilary Batchelor
The Manchester Community & Education Garden Coordinator

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Earth Day Film Showing at the Mark Skinner Library - A Fierce Green Fire

Earth Day Film Showing at the Mark Skinner Library

On April 22, 2014 at 7 pm Transition Town Manchester will be showing the film: A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet in celebration of Earth Day.  Come and join us!

This engaging documentary profiles the evolution of environmental movements over the past five decades, from early efforts at conservation and protests against pollution to the tactics of Greenpeace and concerns over global climate change. The five sections of A Fierce Green Fire feature the battle against dams in the Grand Canyon, New York’s Love Canal, radical efforts on behalf of whales, saving eh Amazon rainforest, and climate change. The movie features a cast of well-known actors: Robert Redford, Ashley Judd, Van Jones, Isabel Allende, and Meryl Streep. It was released in 2012.

There will be a short discussion afterwards. Suggested donation is $5.00.   

Monday, March 3, 2014

Film: GMO OMG - Thursday March 13th at 6pm - Burr and Burton Academy

Thursday March 13th at 6pm
Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room, 57 Seminary Avenue

Ben & Jerry’s and New Chapter Presents: GMO OMG, a film by Jeremy Seifert (and ice cream!) GMO OMG director and concerned father Jeremy Seifert is in search of answers. How do GMOs affect our children, the health of our planet, and our freedom of choice? And perhaps the ultimate question, which Seifert tests himself: is it even possible to reject the food system currently in place, or have we lost something we can’t gain back? These and other questions take Seifert on a journey from his family’s table to Haiti, Paris, Norway, and the lobby of agra-giant Monsanto, from which he is unceremoniously ejected. Along the way we gain insight into a question that is of growing concern to citizens the world over: What's on your plate? [See more at: ]

Join the reception after the film and engage in Q&A with the VT Right To Know Coalition. Tickets: sliding scale $5-$20 at the door. Ticket sales for the film will benefit the Vermont Right to Know Coalition who is advocating passing of Vermont's mandatory GMO labeling legislation. Learn more about the campaign to label GMO's

Friday, February 28, 2014

Community Seed Swap & Potluck Sunday March 9th, 2014; 5 to 8 pm

Are you ready to Plant?!

Come out from the cold to share a warm space with us and help get your planting juices flowing at the:

Community Seed Swap & Potluck
Sunday March 9th, 2014; 5 to 8 pm
South Londonderry Train Depot (just southwest of Rte 100 bridge)
As it is a swap & potluck, please bring seeds (No GMO Seeds!) to trade and a favorite dinner dish to share!

If you are unable to bring anything to share, there is a suggested donation of $5. Or come early to help set up or stay late to help clean up.
Emmett Dunbar from Anjali Farms will be giving a talk on spring planting as well as growing crops in our increasingly uncertain and unstable environmental times.

Gosia Malgorzata Mosiej will be giving a short talk on seed saving methods and showing us how to make seed packets for the swap!

Bring a pencil and seed packets if you don’t want to make them on the fly.

There will be plenty of opportunity for questions and answers. We invite you to share your experiences too!

This is a Leave No Trace event so please bring your own plate and utensils.

There will be live music so bring an instrument and jump in if you feel so inclined.

As there will be new babies and elderly persons in attendance and this winter has seen lots of illness going around, please refrain from coming if you or those you have been around are currently ill, getting over something, or think you might be getting sick.

We can save you seeds if you let us know that you want some!

Hosted by Garrison & Alison Buxton
Questions? Email:
*Dinner is 5-6ish, Talks 6-7ish, Q&A and Seed Swap 7-8ish.

See you soon!