Transition initiatives

Transition Putney is all about re-learning to feed, heal and transport ourselves. It is about the realization that the future is what we make it, and that basing the entire global economy on a finite resource is not a good long term plan.

Some of our current initiatives are:

  1. Putney Farmers Market! Changing the face of local food in Putney. Visit the new Putney Farmers Market Web site.
  2. Healers Directory – Listings of local healers, and wellness providers.
  3. The Putney Community Garden Project is now in it’s third season with 53 plots! One acre of the field across from the Putney Coop has been plowed and planted. We had initially created 20 garden plots for members, and two more (one for The Vermont Foodbank and one for the Putney Food shelf), the rest is being planted in a cover crop. Those interested in a garden plot for 2013 should contact Daniel Hoviss daniel @ putney dot net.
  4. We have created a local farm directory, with over 60 farms – adding more farms and more details all the time.
  5. We have initiated and continue to offer the reskilling Workshops Series. We have scheduled two workshops per month (the first and third Sundays, 1:30 – 3pm) through Sept 2012. These workshops are now being confirmed and a committee has formed to handle the logistics for all these events. If interested in joining the Reskilling Workshop team, contact Daniel Hoviss, 387-2521. Visit the Transition Event Calender
  6. We launched a monthly educational Speakers/Film Series. Charles Eisenstein was our first speaker. Eisenstein presented July 1st on The Gift Economy. (More info on this presentation coming soon!) (Info:, 387-4102.)
  7. We now have a Localvore Putney group that meets seasonally (maybe monthly) for a potluck of delicious local foods, and to discuss ways to expand the Putney Localvore movement. (Info:
  8. We are working with others on a Tools Sharing Project, the Green Bike Project and Bike Task Force, a local curriency project, and the possibility of local health care coops and herbal CSA’s.
  9. Transition Putney was featured at Sandglass Theater’s International Puppet Festival in September. We continue to work with restaurants/caterers, to organize localvore meals and promote the relocalization of food production and consumption in Putney. (Info:, 387-4102)
  10. We are collaborating with POS on a neighborhood greenhouse project. The first greenhouses will be constructed in 2011 . (Info: Simon at

These are just some of the initiatives Transition Putney is currently involved in. As we work to ensure a positive and sustainable future for Putney in the face of the triple challenges of peak oil, climate change, and economic instability, we will continue to be proactive and hopeful in our efforts with others, to help keep Putney vital, vibrant, strong and resilient in the months and years ahead. PLEASE JOIN USIt takes an entire community to make real change!

See the Transition Handbook by Rob Hopkins for a complete and inspiring treatment by the Transition movement’s founder.

“If we collectively plan and act early enough there’s every likelihood that we can create a way of living that’s significantly more connected, more vibrant and more in touch with our environment than the oil-addicted treadmill that we find ourselves on today.”

Transition Towns website