A Center for Grassroots OrganizingCurrent Projects
We’re inviting youth ages 13-19 for an amazing week of teen empowerment, creativity, action, and friendship — all while strategizing for our collective future. As mentors with a broad spectrum of skills, we are passionate about empowering teens as organizers, change makers, and allies in our rapidly changing world. This camp is a collaborative effort by youth from around VT and the region, as well as the Make Arts & Action Collective, Earthwalk Vermont, & Bread and Puppet Theater, as well as less formal mutual aid with other organizers and groups around the State. If you would like to help with publicity or coordination, or ou would like to talk about having a staffing, please get in touch!
Farm and Agriculture Development
We’re just getting started. As of this writing we’ve plowed an acre, planted some garlic, and applied for a greenhouse grant that we expect to get and erect a huge greenhouse this spring. The Agriculture team is currently meeting to dial in the details of our many land-use goals and projects. We are working on models to respond to climate instability, human displacement, and economic decline. We will be sending an announcement regarding this work soon, including information about.
- Access to Land: We’re accepting proposals from people who want to farm the land for short to medium-term. Special consideration for farmers of color, social justice mission driven projects, and regenerative farming proposals.
- Cooperatives: Our measure of farming success is based on how many people can get involved in sustainable and just agriculture here and on allied projects. We’re working with our partners at the beautiful 600 acre Wheelock Mountain Farm to develop shared resources, programming, and organizers-in-residence.
- Soil Carbon Farming: One of our top priorities is to establish an intensive grazing program. We will be introducing livestock to the land as we develop the personnel to engage in stewarding and supporting this project.
Our Agriculture Team: Graham Unangst-Rufenacht, Rural Vermont Staff & Farm to Plate Chair; Grace Gershuny, VT Healthy Soils Coalition co-chair; Meghan Stotko, Heartwood Farm and Rural Vermont Board; Tom Gilbert, Black Dirt Farm & co-founder of The Center for Agricultural Economy; and Jack Lazor, carbon farmer and founder of Butterworks Farm.
Every Monday groups and individuals gather at the farmhouse to meet and collaborate on projects. This includes Uprise! Summer Camp, The National Lawyers Guild, The Vermont Climate Union coordinating collective, the Make Arts and Action Collective, regular youth mentoring and organizing support activities, and other ongoing partnerships and projects.
Construction and Renovation
Come help us build our movement building space. Our #1 priority for the short term is to get the farm ready to host social movements, in the form of community events, conferences, workshops, and providing open meeting space for greater social justice community and local population.
- New Barn Floor: Demolition of cow stantions and aerial pipes, framing, insulation, helping mill the floorboards at our next-door neighbor’s sawmill, and flooring install. Once the floor is complete we will be able to host people out of the rain!
- Barn winterization and finish work: Window repair and replacement, wall & ceiling insulation, furnace installation. Once this is complete we’ll be able to host people out of the cold!
- Outhouse Construction: Pretty straightforward
- Tent Platforms: We have some great wall tents, and would like to get a few of them up off the ground to be able to host guests in the spring, summer and fall more comfortably.
Grassroots Organizing and Movement Building
- Organizer Training: We have just kicked off our training program, beginning with a Legal Observer training in November and a grassroots organizing training at the beginning of December.
- Vermont Youth Network Organizing: Supporting kids who are dealing with overt racism in their schools and communities, helping build their skills as change makers, as well as cultivating their analysis and strategy around the intersection of white supremacy and catastrophic climate change.
The Make Arts & Action Collective
We make a lot of art for and with our allies around the region. Printmaking, coordination with allied organizations, crazy collaborative processes, and ongoing arts production work is happening through the winter. We’ll be stepping it up in collaboration with the Uprise Youth Summer Camp and other projects as the warmer months get closer.
Gratitude and Solidarity to our Organizational Partners