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Vermont Youth Conservation Corps E-News for January 20, 2011

Vermont Youth Conservation Corps E-News for January 20, 2011 Richmond Vermont



posted at 4:27 pm Thu Feb 17th, 2011 by (WherezIt_Staff)

Join Us for Bolton to the Barns: A Ski Tour and Apres Ski Party!

Registration is open for Bolton to the Barns, an epic backcountry ski tour and apres ski party! The tour begins at the Bolton Valley Nordic Center and follows an 11 or 17 mile route to the West Monitor Barn in Richmond.

After the tour, skiers will be welcomed at the barn with crepes, chili, cold beverages, and a bonfire. Skiers are encouraged to seek support for the tour from their family and friends; for those who raise $125 or more, we will waive the registration fee.

Not a skier? Join us for the apres ski party or volunteer for the event.

We are also offering babysitting for couples who want to ski!

Space is limited so be sure to register today! For additional information or to volunteer, contact Breck Knauft at 802.434.3969, ext. 110.

SUPPORT EDUCATION AND DONATIONS THROUGH A CSA MEMBERSHIP
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Monitor Barns Farm CSA provides members with fresh produce all summer long, supports sustainable agricultural education for young people, and donates produce to the charitable food system for Vermont's food insecure.

For example, did you know that:

* Monitor Barns Farm is a partnership of Vermont Youth Conservation Corps and Maple Wind Farm, a diversified livestock and vegetable farm in Huntington.
* In 2010, Monitor Barns Farm donated approximately 3,000 pounds of produce to local food shelves.
* Campers from Our Community Cares Camp visited Monitor Barns Farm weekly last July to help care for chickens, pull weed, and harvest produce. Food from the farm was then donated to the camp.
* The crew from the Learn, Earn, and Prosper Program for the blind and visually impaired worked on the farm, and among other things, learned how to harvest and pickle beans.

In short, purchasing a CSA membership helps VYCC programs, local farms, and food insecure Vermonters, while providing fresh, local vegetables, eggs, and poultry!

This year we are offering summer, fall, and winter shares, as well as eggs and pasture-raised poultry. For more information or to become a member, visit the Monitor Barns Farm webpage or contact Beth Whiting of Maple Wind Farm at 802.434.7257.
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VTRANS PARTNERSHIP IN ITS 15TH YEAR

Two key partners in the VYCC's ongoing success are the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). 2011 will mark our 15th year of fielding crews under this partnership which has resulted in the completion of hundreds of weeks of high-priority transportation enhancement projects that directly benefit communities throughout Vermont.

In 2010 with support from these agencies, the VYCC fielded eight crews and hired 60 young people to complete 24 weeks of work for public land managers and local community groups in the towns of Burlington, East Montpelier, Groton, Jericho, Middlesex, Northfield, Norwich, Starksboro, Townshend, Warren, Williston, and Woodstock.

The VTrans-funded VYCC crews offer young people an opportunity to learn about new career opportunities, alternative transportation practices, and issues facing the communities in which the crews are based. Additionally, the diversity of projects allows Corps Members to learn a variety of technical work skills and improve on critical life skills such as communication and teamwork.

We are excited to be working with VTrans and the FHWA again and the projects in development this year promise to be as educational and rewarding as ever.

To learn more about these and other project partners, visit the VYCC website or contact Paul Schmidt at 802.434.3969, ext. 121.
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VYCC JOINS NEW PARTNERSHIP TO KEEP VERMONT'S WORKING LANDSCAPES VITAL

The open meadows and mixed forests of Vermont's working landscape offer economic, cultural, scenic, environmental, and recreational benefits that are essential to our future prosperity. Fifty years ago approximately half of the state's land was in agriculture; today barely one-fifth is being actively farmed. Forest products mills are closing and production is down. Parcels are smaller, and development is spreading across the countryside. If these alarming trends are not reversed, the unique character that defines our state - one that helps shape our identity and form our shared values - could vanish within a generation.

The new nonpartisan and broad-based Vermont Working Landscape Partnership is leading a bold year-long campaign to keep our farm and forest economy vital. It will present to Governor Shumlin and the state legislature a focused Action Plan that helps those whose livelihood depends on a healthy working landscape. Because our education and training programs are intricately connected to the land, the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps strongly endorses this effort led by the Vermont Council on Rural Development.

Many have already joined this partnership in support of its plan. Sign up as an individual member to stay informed and to help shape the campaign for the future of Vermont's Working Landscape. We also encourage you to forward this article to friends who you think would support this initiative. If Vermonters focus and work together, we can build an agricultural and natural resource Renaissance and keep our land working for future generations!
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SCHOOL PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM: MMU CREW

Each week school crews and instructors post photos and descriptions of curriculum units and work projects to the School Partnership Program Blog. The Mount Mansfield Union (MMU) School Crew recently discussed their unit: "The Life Cycle of Wood: From Forest to Wood Product." The following appears on their blog, and is an excerpt from an article that will be featured in the February edition of Times' Ink, a newspaper of Richmond, Huntington, and Bolton.

...Picture in your mind the cutting board you use every evening to chop dinner's ingredients, the bird feeder that you add seeds to in the chilly winter months, the benches that you rest on while searching for the perfect book to read next in the library, and the warmth that comes from your wood stove. Wood allows us to enjoy these simple needs and conveniences of everyday life.

We took a week to explore and understand what the wood life cycle entails: ecologically, economically, and personally. Let us lead you on a tour of the wood life cycle through the lenses of a forester, a saw mill, an electric generating station, a landfill, and a reuse building materials store.

Day one: Driving to the working site of a stand of trees, we struggle to emerge from the warmth of the vehicles with hardhats tightly secured and multiple layers of warm clothing to aid in bearing January's chilling air...

To learn more, visit the MMU Crew Blog, pick up a copy of the February Times' Ink (due out Tuesday, February 22nd), or contact Tim Birmingham at 802.434.3969, ext. 133.
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VYCC IN THE NEWS

* The Vermont Youth Conservation Corps was recently selected for the Three Tomatoes Trattoria's Sustainable Communities Initiative. With restaurants in Burlington, Williston, Rutland, and Lebanon, $1 for every entree ordered on November 16, 2011 will be donated to the VYCC. Supporting conservation and education programs has never tasted so delicious! Thank you, Three Tomatoes Trattoria!
* This summer, the VYCC will assist with the construction of a new hiking trail connecting Route 2A with Mud Pond over a distance of nearly 5 miles in southern Williston. To learn more, read the full article featured in the Williston Observer on February 3rd.
* Last month, the Waterbury Rotary recognized the VYCC's work in the community with a $5,000 gift. Over the last few years, VYCC projects in the region have included building bridges and rerouting eroding trails at Perry Hill, and volunteering with the Duxbury Food Shelf. The article appeared in the January 27th edition of the Waterbury Record.

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