Q. How long have you lived in the Valley?
A. 5 1/2 years in Moretown.
Q. What do you most love about the Valley?
A. The river, the farms, and the great elementary school here in Moretown!
Q. How did you get involved in the Valley Futures Network?
A. I am interested in local currency projects, and joined the Onion River Exchange (ORE) timebank which is based in Montpelier last spring. But, I wanted to see if there was a way to make that sort of thing happen in the valley. I just happened to see a VFN ad in the Valley Reporter, checked out the website, and, lo and behold!–there was a Local Currency workgroup! I was really excited, emailed the contact person, and within a week had attended my first meeting as well as the June VFN retreat at Knoll Farm.
Q. What do you see as the Valley’s biggest challenges as a community looking ahead over the next several years?
A. I think that the biggest challenge will be whether we allow the changes that are happening right now, in the country and in the world, to separate us or to unite us. I believe that the only way to be a successful community into the future is by strengthening our connections to each other, across individual differences like financial status or how we choose to recreate or have fun.
Q. For anyone interested in the Valley Futures Network, do you have any advice?
A. Don’t think you have to know everybody, or anybody for that matter! Just come to a VFN meeting and start sharing your hopes and ideas and energy. I didn’t know anybody in the group at first, but they’ve been friendly and welcoming and respectful, which is great.
Note: We invite any Valley resident of good will to visit our web site at www.valleyfutures.net, sign on to support our vision statement, and join our working groups and list serves online. Please direct your questions and ideas to VFN facilitator Rob Williams at email@example.com or call 802.279.3364, or contact any of the working group chairs for more information.