Come Join The Fun!
So, what are you doing Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015, from about 10 a.m. to noon?
We ask because you, your family and friends are invited to join hundreds of other people at Vermont’s First Annual Soil Fest, in St. Albans, VT’s beautiful downtown centerpiece: Taylor Park.
Soil Fest is a free, fun, first-of-its kind event in northwestern Vermont that will provide attendees with new knowledge to use on their farms, in their gardens, and in their yards.
But why a Soil Fest?
“Soil Fest is the start of a new conversation about climate change, and where better to start that conversation than in Vermont?” says Tim Camisa, co-founder of Vermont Organics Reclamation (VOR).
VOR is the lead sponsor of Soil Fest, an event that emerged from an exchange of ideas between Tim and Jim Stiles, a St. Albans resident with a passion for science whose backyard on Congress Street has become a home to applied research on urban runoff and backyard garden innovation.
Jim and Tim admire each other’s work, because they want to develop systems that put carbon back in the ground — where it belongs. “Feed the earth’s crust — that is the mission behind the inaugural Soil Fest,” Tim says. “There is too much carbon in the air, and it contributes to climate change. We’ve made great strides in talking about water quality in Vermont. Now, let’s dig deeper and engage the public in talking about soil and air, and how all three elements of the Earth – air, water and soil – work together to affect climate change.”
Early in the program, the keynote speaker will be Judith Schwartz, a Bennington journalist and author of “Cows Save the Planet (Chelsea Green Publishing),” which is “a primer on soil’s pivotal role in our ecology and economy, a call to action, and an antidote to the despair that environmental news so often leaves us with.” Judith is a rock star in her field. We’re lucky to have her.
Soil Fest will also feature: food; music by pianist Melinda Lussier; give-a-ways; free face painting for kids; workshops; interactive demos and activities; and exhibits from farmers, gardening and growing groups, and farm-to-school organizations.
Also at Soil Fest, Tim and Jim will launch a Citizen Soil Science Initiative (CSSI), a virtual and real-world working group that will support applied research in communication about advanced soil management techniques that can help strengthen the balance of an environment facing great challenges.
So come on out to Soil Fest — Saturday, Aug. 8, from 10-noon in St. Albans’ Taylor Park — and help us keep carbon in the ground, where it belongs!
(Thanks to all of our generous Soil Fest co-sponsors: the Franklin County Industrial Development Corporation (FCIDC), the City of St. Albans, the St. Albans Cooperative Creamery, LD Oliver Seed, Peoples Trust Company, MITI Construction, Ethan Allen Coachworks and LoVermont802.)