Present: Jasna Brown, Ginny McGinn, Gaelan Brown, Charlie Hosford, Stan Ward, Conner Soderquist, Helen Ward, Joshua Schwartz, Jill Arace, Rob Williams, Sue Frechette, Dottie Kyle, and Eric Brattstrom.
NOTE– Don’t forget this Tuesday, May 17′s PECHAKUCHA “chit chat” evening @ the Big Picture – 20 slides x 4 minute presentations by your friends and neighbors! Party!
AND NOTE — JUNE 2011 Meeting will be Friday, June 10 at GREEN CUP from 7:45 to 9:00 am.
AND NOTE — The first ever MAD RIVER MARATHON is happening on July 10! http://www.madmarathon.com for more details.
WALK + ROLL (Sue Frechette)
Starts today, rolls all week! Exercise your right to alt forms of transport and plug into all the fabulous activities. Check out the VFN listserve, or all the posters around town or in the Valley Reporter. Look for the MRV community GREEN BIKES emerging for the spring.
VFN/UVM PARTNERSHIP – FALL 2011 (Joshua Schwartz)
Have an idea for a MRV community project that can harness the time and talent of UVM students for a whole semester? May 15 is the DEADLINE for submissions for fall 2011 semester. Please email your submissions to Josh asap. Kick off event is September 14 @ Knoll Farm.
STORY OF PLACE – JUNE 23 EVENT @ CENTER FOR WHOLE COMMUNITIES (Ginny McGinn)
Joel Glanzberg of “ReGenesis” will be collecting MRV stories, research and interviews, and presenting findings at Knoll Farm on Thursday, June 23 at 7:00 pm. Mark your calendars.
FARM TO PLATE/FOOD HUB Follow Up (Joshua Schwartz)
More than 100 folks attended the BIG PIC event last Tuesday. Exciting. We’ve added 20 + folks to the “agriculture” VFN listserve. Keep pushing this forward in every way we can.
FRONT PORCH FORUM Update (Rob Williams)
Michael Wood-Lewis has offered to bring FPF to all 3 Valley towns for 5,000 dollars. Currently considering how best to raise funds for this.
TIME BANK INITIATIVE (Rob, for Darlene McCormick)
The local time bank working group has decided to partner with the Onion River Exchange (ORE) in Montpelier. Currently, anyone can join the time bank for 15 dollars. Contact Dar @ firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Let the trading begin!
MAD RIVER PATH ASSOC. Pizza Bash (Rob, for Laura Brines)
Mark your calendars! Come party with the MRPA @ Lareau Farm Inn pavilion on Friday, May 27 from 6-9. “Big Basin Band” rocks the house!
THREE SPRINGS FARM (Helen and Stan Ward, and Conner Soderquist)
There’s a new herbal/medicinal farm in the Valley on the old Quackenbush property. The 100 acre Three Springs Farm is located on the Old County/Loop Road in Waitsfield, and will be growing and producing medicinal herbs and plants for sale, in addition to designing a resilient energy descent plan for the Three Springs farm/homestead property. They also have alpacas and sheep. Come by and visit!
CLIMATE CHANGE Update (Dottie Kyle and Eric Brattstrom)
The next Green Mountain Global Forum on Thursday, June 9 will be a bangin’ presentation on “climate change from an astrophysical perspective.” BIG PICTURE @ 7:00 – look for posters.
Enjoy your May!
Collected by Rob Williams.