Earth Day is April 22

Earth Day is April 22

Earth Day is April 22

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There is only one Earth. Celebrate, enjoy and nurture our corner of this beautiful planet!

Pawlet Energy Fair

Are you interested in test driving an electric car? Or maybe you’ve heard about how weatherizing your home could save on your fuel bills, but don’t know where to start. What about solar power – is that a feasible option for your home? And just what is a net-zero home? To learn more, stop by Pawlet Energy Fair on Earth Day, April 22, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Pawlet Town Hall.

Hosted by the Pawlet Energy Group, together with Green Mountain Power and Efficiency Vermont, this event aims to educate area residents on cost-effective and sustainable energy systems. If you want to know whether solar panels, heat pumps or other cost-saving options might work where you live, you’ll find out the best approach. In addition to representatives from Green Mountain Power, Efficiency Vermont and NeighborWorks of Western Vermont, several speakers will offer their expert perspectives: Steven Letendre of Green Mountain College will discuss the economics of residential solar systems; climate scientist and former Pawlet resident Alan Betts will explain what’s happening to the climate of Vermont; consultants and installers of renewable energy systems, including Grassroots Solar, Power Guru, Weatherization Works and Renewable Fuels of Vermont will offer their expertise and advice; and local users of renewable energy technologies and those who have made home energy efficiency improvements will be also on hand.

There is no admission, but donations will be accepted for the Town Hall Restoration Fund. The Pawlet Town Hall is located at 122 School Street in the Pawlet’s village center. For more information, email pawletenergygroup@gmail.com.

Bennington Seed Weekend

The Bennington College Seed Library will hold a conference composed of several events at Bennington College and the Bennington Farmer’s Market this weekend to create opportunities to share seeds and stories as well as to learn about the importance and the how-tos of seed saving. Started last year by a group of students, the Seed Library is a collection of vegetable, herb, and flower seeds that community members can borrow for free. People grow the plants in their yard or community garden, harvest seeds from some of the plants they’ve grown, and return to the Library to replenish the collection and share the seeds with others. The project has two main goals: to create a public physical space and system to trade seeds amongst community members and to empower community members through education and promotion of food sovereignty. Donations of seed packets from High Mowing Organic Seeds, Seed Savers Exchange and Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds got the endeavor started. Weekend evens include a screening of ‘Seeds: The Untold Story’ at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 21; seed arts and crafts at the Left Bank in North Bennington on Saturday, April 22; and a ‘Seed-Saving 101’ workshop at 10 a.m. and potluck lunch at 12:30 on Sunday, April 23. Visit bennington.edu for details on locations, email capa@bennington.edu or call 802-447-4267.

OWCC Backyard Sustainability

Join One World Conservation Center, Route 7, Bennington, on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22, for ‘Backyard Sustainability in Action,’ a day of discussions on maintaining your gardens with natural and Earth-friendly ways. Learn how to use carbon to produce abundant gardens with less work’with Jesse McDougall from Studio Hill; find out about backyard chickens with Alan Backer; get common-sense solutions for native plants in your garden with Paul Morgan from Morgan Mountain Organic Gardeners; and find out how to manage food waste and produce compost with Eleanor Tison, associate professor of Anthropology and Sustainable Agriculture at Green Mountain College’s Cerridwen Farm. Registration is $25 for non-members, $20 for non-members, and begins at 8 a.m. with breakfast. Visit oneworldconservationcenter.org.

Hildene Composting Workshop

At Hildene on Sunday, April 30, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., those interested in composting have a golden opportunity to join in the conversation with one of the best. Wendy Sue Harper, teacher of ecological agriculture, soil science and composting for nearly three decades, is leading a program, ‘Make Great Compost: Implementing Act 148: Vermont’s Universal Recycling Law in Your Home, Yard, and Garden.’ Harper will be sharing information on the principles and practices of good composting – both cold and hot – and the benefits of each. Harper provides educational and technical consulting services to the farming and gardening community. Check in is at the Welcome Center. The cost is $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Registration is strongly recommended. To register contact Stephanie at 802-367-7960 or stephanie@hildene.org. To learn more, visit hildene.org.

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