The Sustainability Project
Emerson Brook Forest Center
For a future we can live with

2016 Seed Celebration and Sustainable Community Fair

Saturday, February 13th - 9am to 4pm

At Mole Hill Theatre, 789 Gilsum Mine Road, East Alstead, NH.
Seed Celebration 2016 Poster

Our 2016 theme, "Cultivating Food, Community and Ourselves" focuses on living well in a changing world. This family-focused event, sponsored by Green Energy Options, Gem Graphics, W.S. Badger, Monadnock Food Coop, Mole Hill Theatre and Keene State College Campus Ecology Club offers an opportunity for participants to plan gardens, stock up on seeds, and learn about local sustainable community initiatives. Local businesses and nonprofits will be on hand to share their products and passions. Our fundraising café features soups, stews and baked goods from local restaurants and kitchens, as well as Orchard Hill breads.

Schedule of Events

All Day Activities: Youth Activities, Exhibits, Displays & Demonstrations, Café, Raffle, Seeds For Sale & Swap

9:00 Event Opens

9:20 Welcome

9:40 - 10:00 Daring to Be Great! - Valerie Piedmont

10:00 - 12:00 Inkle Loom Demonstrations - Shana Frank

10:20 - 10:40 The Vegan Diet: Ethics, Health and Sustainability - Rose Lovett and Seanna Flynn

11:00 - 11:40 Gardening as if the World Depended on It - Roger Swain - keynote speaker

11:50 - 12:00 Mindful Eating and Meal Blessing - Michael Ciborski

12:00 - 1:00 The Solar Sisters

1:20 - 1:40 The Story of One Community Garden - Shana Frank

2:00 - 2:20 Holistic Parenting - Amanda Toll

2:40 - 3:00 Equity in Local Food Systems - Andrea Cadwell

3:20 - 3:30 Last Call for Raffle, Closing

3:40 Raffle Drawing

4:00 Clean-up Begins!


Daring to Be Great! - Valerie Piedmont
Each one of us is born to be great at what we love to do. Daring to be great requires that we courageously step beyond our fears into a joyous, compassionate, creative and powerful way of living. We can't get there on our own though... we need each other's help. Valerie Piedmont, founder and director of The Sustainability Project, lives off-grid in the Emerson Brook Forest with her husband, Pablo. In addition to homesteading, they operate a solar and hearth business, Green Energy Options as well as a bed and breakfast.

Inkle Loom Demonstrations - Shana Frank
Shana will demonstrate weaving on an inkle loom designed for weaving narrow straps. The straps can be used for bookmarks, headbands, and belts. Participants are invited to try out the loom and make small samples.

The Vegan Diet: Ethics, Health and Sustainability - Rose Lovett and Seanna Flynn
Rose Lovett and Seanna Flynn are undergraduate students at Keene State College. Rose is a junior studying Sociology and Environmental Studies. Seanna is a junior studying Environmental Studies and Geography. They are both on the executive board for the Campus Ecology Club, the environmental advocacy club at Keene State.

Gardening as if the World Depended on It - Roger Swain - keynote speaker
"In diversity is the preservation of the world," says Roger Swain, well-known host of the PBS television show, The Victory Garden. Swain will draw from his 50 plus years of gardening and travel experience to give this year's keynote presentation. According to Swain, "Most of us learned our gardening not from universities, but from other gardeners. This knowledge is too great a gift not to share. An avalanche of change is about to hit us. It's time we begin embracing our neighbors on a global scale to grow a healthier planet."

The Story of One Community Garden - Shana Frank
The Putney Community Garden started as a Transition Putney project in 2010. Since then it has grown to 40 members who raise vegetables, flowers, and berries in a field across from the Putney Co-op. Learn about our membership and governance structure, challenges with pests, and harvest potlucks. Bring questions and stories to share!

Holistic Parenting - Amanda Toll
Holistic Parenting is an interwoven approach to parenting rooted in attachment parenting, holistic health, and green living. This presentation will give an overview of the theoretical and the practical aspects of this method. At the heart of this approach is the fundamental belief when we nurture our children and teach them about compassion and sustainability not only are we giving them the best start in life we are helping to create a kinder and healthier world.

Equity in Local Food Systems - Andrea Cadwell
Andrea Cadwell is a local food advocate working to create equity in food systems in the United States and India. Andrea has been a research fellow with Dr. Vandana Shiva and Navdanya, and she works with Indian farmers to help maintain traditional, organic farming methods in the face of increased pressure to use state subsidized, chemical fertilizer, pesticides and GMO seed programs. Andrea is the Chair of the Peterborough Agricultural Commission, member of the Policy Working Group with the Monadnock Farm & Community Coalition, and a Fellow serving the Viability Working Group with the NH Food Alliance. Andrea is the founder and executive director of Seeds of Community Farm in Peterborough, NH. Seeds of Community provides organic, sustainably grown food to low-income residents of the Eastern Monadnock region and fosters education and farmer training using ecologically mindful farming practices. Seeds of Community envisions a just and sustainable food system that nurtures all members of the community, while working toward ecosystem consonance.


For more info or for volunteer opportunities please e-mail or call Valerie at 603-209-7272

The Sustainability Project
P.O. Box 311, Gilsum, NH 03448, (603) 209-7272

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