Happy Thanksgiving from Sustainable Woodstock

Thanksgiving is more than the festivities. It is a time to call to mind all of the good things–and people–in our lives. We at Sustainable Woodstock feel so fortunate to be part of such a caring, engaged community. Thank you to all of our volunteers, donors, and supporters. Without you, none of what we do would be possible. Wishing you and your loved ones a very happy and memorable Thanksgiving!

I am thankful for the wondrous blossoming of life in all its forms. It awes me to just see, just smell, just touch, just hear this ever-changing existence we are blessed to be within.

And then there is the laughter of children.
~ Andy McLaughlin, board member

At this time of Thanksgiving, I am so very thankful for my family, friends and community. I am grateful for the clean air that we breathe and the clean water that we drink here in Vermont; the freedom we are granted by our nation’s constitution, and to all those whose life work is to protect and heal our souls and our environment. Most of all, I am grateful to my Creator for my life here on this wondrous planet of ours.
~ Jenny Dembinski, board member

I am grateful for the human capacity for empathy and compassion, which binds us to one another and to the natural world, and nurtures the flowering of hope and light on Earth.
~ Michael Caduto, executive director

I’m thankful that our community has thought it important enough to form a group like Sustainable Woodstock that strives to promote sustainable living now and into the future. In these chaotic political times, it has become even more important for us to inspire everyone to live environmentally, economically, and socially responsible lives. I am thankful for the privilege of living in this beautiful town.
~ David Hill, board member

I am grateful for all the wonderful people in our communities who are active, engaged, and volunteer. I am grateful to the residents who are so excited about their weatherized home that they want to show me their attics. I am grateful for people like Vikki Jas who are passionate about their worm-managed compost, like Ken Woodhead who volunteers his time to help weatherize people’s homes, like Lynn Perterson who is working to create more community awareness around forest management for carbon, and so many other people who are doing the work every day to make this world and our future better. ~Zach Ralph, program coordinator

I am thankful that I have a family that loves and supports me no matter what. I am thankful for life’s cycles, seasons, and rhythms. I am thankful for the people who don’t give up and continue to work towards justice. ~ Geoff Martin

I am so thankful to the Woodstock community for being open to embracing new, positive ideas in this ever changing world in which we live. ~ Bobbi Dagger, board member

I am thankful for our community members, past and present, who have devoted their lives and resources to preserving Woodstock’s natural and human-made beauty. I feel so blessed to be able to walk, hike, and ski right out my back door on conserved lands. That my children can swim in our rivers and lakes and explore the snowy woods. That we can feast year-round on foods grown locally and sustainably. And that, as a community, we’re taking steps to make sure future generations will be able to do the same. ~ Amanda Kuhnert, board member

I’m thankful for the empathy and kindness of others, and for community. Family and friends. Trials, tribulations, and trees. Food and water. ~ Teo Zagar, board member


Just do one thing: Show your appreciation for someone or some part of the earth you are grateful for.


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