Thursday & Friday, June 4 & 5, 2020
Presented by Windham Grows in Downtown Brattleboro, Vermont
What Are Beverage, Food and Local Producers doing for Climate Change, Economic Sustainability & Land Use?
As climate change transforms the planet and affects our seasons, species, weather patterns, and water — the Slow Living Summit will explore how the large beverage, food and local producers are utilizing new innovative techniques in their practices of production, farming, and agricultural practices that will help reduce climate change.
Who Should Attend? Farmers, food and beverage entrepreneurs, food system, climate, financial and economic specialists, educators, students, artists, foundation and nonprofit leaders, government officials, community organizers, and engaged citizens.
Frances Moore Lappé
Author, Diet for a Small Planet
New Chapter, The Carbon Underground, Finca Luna Nueva Lodge
Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D.
Biologist, Author, and Cancer Survivor
Rural Vermont, Legislative Director
Maple Wind Farm
Bruce Hennessey, along with his partner Beth Whiting, and a host of talented young farmers, has run Maple Wind Farm in Richmond and Bolton, VT for the last 20 years. The farm produces 100% grass fed beef, pasture-raised pork, poultry and eggs, along with operating a small USDA inspected on-farm poultry processing plant. The farms mission: To promote the health and welfare of our community, by producing the highest-quality pasture-raised products, through regenerating soil and water resources. Bruce prepared for this calling through a long apprenticeship as a mountain and ski guide, classroom teacher and experiential educator in locations across the U.S. and around the world. On those excursions he experienced firsthand compelling evidence of climate change and now deals with the consequences of those changes on his own farm. Bruce now focuses on building soil, and educating farmers and consumers to do the same by participating in local, regional and national events.
Judith D. Schwartz
Author & Journalist
Judith D. Schwartz is an author and journalist whose work explores nature-based solutions to global environmental and economic challenges. She writes on this topic for numerous publications and speaks at venues across the United States and internationally. She is the author of “Cows Save the Planet”, “Water In Plain Sight”, and a forthcoming book on the global eco-restoration movement. Her home base is Bennington, Vermont.
ZAFA Wine & CO Cellars
Karen Washington has lived in New York City all her life, and has spent decades promoting urban farming as a way for all New Yorkers to access to fresh, locally grown food.
Karen has been a resident of the Bronx for over 34 years, although in 2015 she began living part time in Orange County, NY near the farm. Since 1985 Karen has been a community activist, striving to make New York City a better place to live. As a community gardener and board member of the New York Botanical Gardens, Karen worked with Bronx neighborhoods to turn empty lots into community gardens. As an advocate, she stood up and spoken out for garden protection and preservation. As a member of the La Familia Verde Community Garden Coalition, she helped launched a City Farms Market, bringing garden fresh vegetables to her neighbors. Karen is a food advocate and trainer leading workshops on food growing and food justice for community gardeners all over the country. Karen is the former president of the New York City Community Garden Coalition, a group that was founded to preserve community gardens. She also co-founded Black Urban Growers (BUGS), an organization of volunteers committed to building networks and community support for growers in both urban and rural settings. In 2012 Ebony magazine voted her one of their 100 most influential African Americans in the country, and in 2014 she was awarded with the James Beard Leadership Award.
Rural Vermont, Grassroots Organizing Director
VT Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman
Founder, Full Moon Farm
David Zuckerman is the co-founder of Full Moon Farm, a NOFA-certified organic farm in Hinesburg, Vermont.
Inspired by then Congressman Sanders, David first ran for the Vermont House in 1994 while enrolled at the University of Vermont. He lost by 59 votes but came back two years later to become the fourth Progressive Party member ever to serve in Montpelier.
David served for fourteen years (1997-2010) in the Vermont House of Representatives representing the City of Burlington in Chittenden 3-4. He served on the Natural Resources and Energy Committee (6 years), Agriculture Committee (6 years, 4 as Chair) and Ways and Means Committee (2 years). David’s leadership spans a number of issues including renewable energy, affordable housing, livable wages, cannabis reform, GMO legislation, universal healthcare, progressive taxation, marriage equality, and end of life choices.
David served in the Vermont Senate as a Progressive/Democrat for two terms, from 2012-2015. He served as Vice-Chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and on the Senate Committee on Education.
In 2016, David was elected Lieutenant Governor as a Progressive/Democrat. On January 5, 2017, he was sworn in as the 80th Lieutenant Governor of Vermont.
David has been recognized by the following Vermont organizations for his leadership in Montpelier:
Energy Independent Vermont Coalition (2016 Outstanding Legislator Award)
Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (2014 Legislator of the Year)
Renewable Energy Vermont (2013 Legislative Champion)
The Vermont Natural Resources Council (2008)
Women Helping Battered Women (2007)
The Vermont Children’s Forum (2002 Vermont Legislators for Children)
His service includes:
The Burlington Electric Commission (1995-1998)
The American Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer and Rancher Committee (2002-2004)
Inaugural member of Young Elected Officials
Membership on the Chittenden County Farm Bureau
Membership in the Northeast Organic Farming Association-VT
Membership in Rural Vermont
Served on the Burlington Ward 1 Neighborhood Planning Assembly (NPA)
David is a UVM graduate (Class of 1995), with a degree in Environmental Studies. He was awarded the Keith Miser Award at graduation for contributions to campus leadership.
He lives with his wife and daughter in Hinesburg, Vermont.
Founder, Strolling of the Heifers
Executive Director, Strolling of the Heifers
Windham Grows Program Manager
Peter comes to the Strolling of the Heifers after many years working as a landscape construction project manager. He is also an experienced bike tour planner, and has organized and run many successful charity bike events. As project manager for Windham Grows he is looking forward to using his skills to help our farm and food cohort participants thrive and create new jobs in our community and statewide.
As Windham Grows program manager Peter will also be working on the Farm to Table Culinary Apprenticeship Program, Slow Living Summit, Tour de Heifer, and the small business accelerator. In his role with the Strolling of the Heifers he enjoys contributing to an organization that provides so many benefits to the Town of Brattleboro and the State of Vermont.
Slow Living Summit Coordinator
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Come and discover Brattleboro!
The Summit takes place in the non-traditional conference surroundings of Main Street, Brattleboro — a small community in southern Vermont, long renowned for its commitment to healthy, local, sustainable living and technology, for its vibrant communities of visual and performance artists, craftspeople, poets and writers, and for the diversity of its shops, restaurants and galleries. In turn Brattleboro is a gateway to the Green Mountains and Vermont.
Strolling of the Heifers, the organizer of the Summit, is a non-profit organization based in Brattleboro, with the mission of supporting
and sustaining family farms and local food systems by connecting people with healthy local food. We do this through a variety of year-round programs. Best known is our annual Strolling of the Heifers Parade and Slow Living Expo, which takes place during “Stroll Weekend” immediately after the Summit. We also organize a Vermont Farm/Food Business Planning Competition, and we publish the annual Locavore Index ranking the 50 states in terms of their commitment to local food, and other projects and events.
Strolling of the Heifers, the organizer of the Summit, is a non-profit organization based in Brattleboro, with the mission of connecting people with healthy local food, encouraging and facilitating innovation and entrepreneurship in the farm/food sector, and supporting the development of stronger local food systems and healthy, sharing, connected and resilient communities. We do this through a variety of year-round programs. Best known is our annual Strolling of the Heifers Parade and Slow Living Expo, which takes place during “Stroll Weekend” immediately after the Summit. We also publish the annual Locavore Index ranking the 50 states in terms of their commitment to local food, and other projects and events.
In a major new initiative to further our mission, in November 2013 we acquired a prominently-located downtown Brattleboro building, the Robert H. Gibson River Garden (where Summit lunches and receptions take place), which has 4500 square foot of open space used since 2001 for public events, performances, lectures and exhibits. Under our stewardship of this community resource, we plan to maintain the public uses of the building, but also to create exhibits and programming that are related to our own focus areas of local food, food systems, and healthy sustainable living — a Farm/Food Education Center.