Bolton Local Accomplishments 2009
v We presented a series of educational programs that included movies like:
We held post-film discussions to brainstorm actions we could take in light of some of the issues raised in the films.
The program included lectures:
· Organic gardening
· Use of herbs in medicine and cooking
· Emergency preparedness
· Solar water heating
· Home weatherization
· Nutrition and the challenges presented by our industrial food supply
v We created a vibrant website to communicate who we are and what we’re up to.
v Worked with Mary Boyd to coordinate Bolton’s first “Green-up/Cleanup Festival” at the Nashoba Valley Winery in celebration of Earth Day. The event featured “green” vendors, music, demonstrations by Bolton 4-Hers, food offered by J’s Restaurant, and information on the week-long townwide cleanup planned for the following week.
v Started a successful Community Garden.
v Formed an energy subgroup that organized local activities for 350.org
v Formalized our structure. Elected officers; established a bank account.
v Hosted two community potluck dinners. One included a presentation on the Mass Local Food Co-op; the other included a presentation by founders of two other area “Locals” (Haynes & Nancy Turkle of Groton Local, Bill & Sydney Blackwell of Harvard Local)
v Developed a position paper on supporting local businesses.
v Organized a “field trip” to the Groton Local Community Farm, and a local “open garden, open chicken coop” tour.
v Several of us “marched” in Bolton’s Fourth of July parade.
v Joined other area “Locals,” including Harvard Local and Groton Local, to share ideas and even some fun, such as the cookout at Groton Local’s Community Farm.
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