Permaculture Keeps Giving

By Sally Miller

When the North Universalist Chapel Garden was first established in 2014 the purpose was to expand permaculture gardening into the heart of the Village of Woodstock. The intention was for the garden to serve as a model for educating residents of Woodstock about permaculture, food security and community food systems with a goal to inspire people to transform their lawns into Edible Forest Gardens. They saw permaculture as a way to “both mitigate and adapt to climate change and to raise consciousness about the real threats of climate change and how we can, working together in communities, creatively (and quickly) transition to a new systems and a new way of living on this planet.” (more…)

Food & Film at Fable Farm

By Teo Zagar

For my first column as a new Sustainable Woodstock board member I have the pleasure of inviting readers to a special S.W.-sponsored event in my hometown of Barnard on Saturday, May 19th. At 5:30PM Fable Farm will be serving a locally-sourced, all organic dinner for $25 a plate at their farm and winery at 1525 Royalton Turnpike Road, which will be followed by a 7PM screening of an award-winning new documentary film about food, family, and the future of agriculture. development.
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Reflecting on Six Years With Sustainable Woodstock

By Ron Miller

Last week I completed two 3-year terms on the board of Sustainable Woodstock, serving as its chair throughout my second term. I want to express my gratitude and appreciation to my colleagues on the board and the many volunteers and donors who have given their time, effort, and financial support to make this a better community for all. I also want to say how gratifying it has been to work side by side with Executive Director Sally Miller and outreach coordinator Zach Ralph, who are knowledgeable, committed, tireless advocates for sustainability. (more…)

What is Your Carbon Footprint?

By Sally Miller

Woodstock’s average household carbon footprint as calculated on the CoolClimate interactive map.

Woodstock’s average household carbon footprint as calculated on the CoolClimate interactive map.

Calculating your climate footprint helps you understand your impact on climate change. A carbon footprint is the total amount of greenhouse gas emissions that come from the production, use and end-of-life of a product or action. It includes carbon dioxide, the gas most commonly emitted by humans, and other gases like methane, nitrous oxide, and fluorinated gases, which trap gas in the atmosphere, causing global warming. Most of an individual’s carbon footprint comes from transportation, housing and food. (more…)