Monday, April 13, 2015

The Future of Food - April 22 at 7:00 pm

Join us on Earth Day, April 22nd at 7:00 pm for The Future of Food. Deborah Koons Garcia’s documentary distills the complex technology and key regulatory, legal, ethical, environmental and consumer issues surrounding the changes happening in the food system today -- genetically engineered foods, patenting, and the corporatization of food -- into terms the average person can easily understand.

It empowers consumers to realize the consequences of their food choices on our future.

The event will be held at the Manchester Community Library on Wednesday, April 22 at 7pm. Suggested donation of $5.00, students free.

Energy Efficiency Workshop - April 25th

Energy Efficiency Workshop led by Dave Keefe to be held Saturday April 25th at 10am at Bennington College.  Click here for more information.

Heat Pump Workshop - Tuesday, April 14th

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Foodscaping Program with Charlie Nardozzi on Saturday, April 4, 2015

Foodscaping: Turning Your Yard into an Edible Landscape

Gardeners of all abilities are invited to a Foodscaping program with Charlie Nardozzi on Saturday, April 4, 2015 from 10 AM to 11 AM in the Hunter Seminar Room at Burr and Burton Academy, 57 Seminary Avenue, Manchester, Vermont. The program will be followed by a question and answer session and Mr. Nardozzi will have his books available for purchase, including his latest book ‘New England Getting Started Guide’ and his popular ‘Northeast Guide to Fruit & Vegetable Gardening.’

Charlie Nardozzi observes that many gardeners want to grow their own food in their yard, but don’t want to sacrifice beauty. The solution is to foodscape your yard. Foodscaping is growing attractive edibles such as Swiss chard, blueberries, and cherry trees in your landscape instead of strictly ornamental ones. You get beauty and food production all in one plant. Charlie will discuss design, plant selection and maintenance ideas to create the best foodscape ever.

Charlie Nardozzi is a nationally recognized garden writer, speaker, radio and television personality and the author of numerous books and articles on all aspects of gardening. He can be heard on Vermont Public Radio and is a frequent contributor to Organic Gardening magazine. Charlie Nardozzi delights in making gardening information simple, easy, fun and accessible to everyone.

Foodscaping is sponsored by Transition Town Manchester, a local group of citizens working to envision, create and realize a sustainable community in Manchester, Vermont and surrounding towns that is based on local food, sustainable energy sources, resilient local economies and a heightened sense of community well-being. Space for this program provided by Burr and Burton Academy.

$10 suggested donation per person. For more information contact Rich Thompson-Tucker at 


Monday, March 2, 2015

Changing the Way We Eat - TedX - March 7th

We hope you can join us as Transition Town Manchester joins Burr and Burton Academy in presenting"Changing the Way We Eat" a TedX Manhattan presentation. This live webcast starts at 10:30 am, on Saturday March 7, and will go until 3:30 pm with a potluck lunch at 12:30. It will all take place at BBA's Rowland Cafeteria. You can check out the schedule here. Feel free to attend either the morning session, the afternoon session or all day. It's FREE!

Farming and Food Experts will explore the state of the food system and our progress toward sustainability in eating and farming.
Enjoy the first two sessions of the conference or just
stop by to view the topics of your choice.

Topics include:
  • "What's the real reason organic costs more?"
  • "What is legal is not always right - fighting for justice in rural America"
  • "Scaling up local food production to take it from niche to mainstream"
  • "Teaching doctors about the importance of food to health"
  • "The only real way to end hunger in America"
  • "Health education through art and hip hop music"
  • And many more short fascinating presentations in the style of the famous
TED* Institute (*Technology, Entertainment and Design)

For a complete list of speakers and times go to 
Potluck community meal @ 12:30 so bring a dish to share.
Located at Burr and Burton's Rowland Center Cafeteria
For additional information contact Sarah McMillan at

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

One Earth Film Series - Inequality For All - January 21st, 7pm

Transition Town Manchester's One Earth Film Series presents Inequality For All,Wednesday, January 21 at 7:00 p.m. at Manchester Community Library in Manchester, Vermont.
In this award winning film American economist, author and professor Robert Reich examines widening income inequality in the United States—currently at historic highs—and explores what effects this increasing gap has not only on the U.S, economy but also American democracy itself. At the heart of the film is a simple question: What is a good society and what role does the widening income gap play in the deterioration of the nation's economic health?
There will be a short discussion afterwards. Suggested donation is $5.00. Students free.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

TTM Meeting January 11th at 10am - Sunday Brunch Potluck!

Our first meeting of the New Year will be a Sunday brunch potluck on January 11th at 10am at Bill and Lisa Laberge's house at 5145 Route 30 in Dorset. We will be organizing our spring planting project, discussing our "eating on the wild side" talks, and our film series with a pollinator emphasis in the spring, and more.  We hope you can join us!