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March 24th in Charlotte: Film on an organic farm and sustainable food

Transition Town Charlotte Presents

A Collaborative Community Film: Meeting Place Organic Film
Friday, March 24, 7:00 p.m. at the Charlotte Library

THE POLITICS OF FOOD, LAND USE, AND RESOURCE MANAGEMENT are the most pressing issues the world faces today, and it’s all happening right in our back yards.

Local, organic, and sustainable are words we associate with food production today, but 40 years ago, when Fran and Tony McQuail started farming in southwestern Ontario, they were barely spoken. Since 1973, the McQuails have been helping to build the organic farming community and support the next generation of organic farmers. This is a documentary about the McQuails that explores the very real ways their farm has contributed to the long-term ecological viability of agriculture in Ontario. It is a call to action for all those who believe there is a better way to take care of our planet and feed the world.

In 1973 Fran and Tony McQuail bought a run-down farm near Lucknow, Ontario, a region dominated by mono-cropping and industrial agriculture. Over the last four decades, these environmental warriors have built a sustainable and ecologically sound farm that stands as a model for others.

Meeting Place Organic Film is a collaborative community film that tells the stories that are important to the communities the McQuails belong to and furthers the conversation about how we produce food and explores models of land stewardship that are respectful of the earth and all its relations. Director Rebecca Garrett and Producer Britt Gregg-Wallace have known Fran and Tony for many years and have always been impressed by their commitment to organic farming, ecology and social justice.  Their actions – from running for political office, to training young organic farmers, to limiting their use of non-renewable resources  – are deeply integrated with their values and intersect with their everyday lives.

From the very beginning, the McQuail family have actively participated in the process of making the film. They bring the same approach to the film as they do to the farm, working tirelessly and cheerfully to find thoughtful solutions to immediate problems with an eye on what is best for the planet and future generations. Their broader communities of rural residents and sustainable food enthusiasts have been involved in the funding of the project and, most importantly, in sharing their thoughts on what matters to them.

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Transition Town Charlotte coming events in February

The Transition Town Charlotte “Coming Events” page has just been updated.

February 6th, TTC organizing meeting.

February 9th. Program “Getting to Net Zero Energy in Your Home,” 7:00 p.m. at the Charlotte Library

February 13th. TTC Movie Night, Josh Fox’s new film, “How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change,” 7:00 p.m. at the Charlotte Senior Center.


Getting to Net Zero Energy in Your Home

Getting to Net Zero Energy in Your Home

7 p.m. , February 9th, 2017, at the Charlotte Library, Ferry Rd.

Presented by the Charlotte Energy Committee

Vermont has a goal of getting to 90-percent renewable energy use by 2050. Unrealistic? Not at all. We now have a range of tools to make our homes “net zero,” so even older homes can be transformed to be practically fossil fuel-free.

Join us for presentations and discussion, with refreshments.

Senior Center February 13th: Josh Fox’s newest film: How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change

TRANSITION CHARLOTTE is hosting a free screening of Josh Fox’s newest film: How to Let Go of  the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change at the Charlotte Senior Center on Monday, February 13. It begins at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be provided. Contact: Ruah Swennerfelt at with questions.

In How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change, Oscar Nominated director Josh Fox (Gasland) continues in his deeply personal style, investigating climate change– the greatest threat our world has ever known. Traveling to 12 countries on six continents, the film acknowledges that it may be too late to stop some of the worst consequences and asks, what is it that climate change can’t destroy? What is so deep within us that no calamity can take it away?

Academy Award nominated Documentarian Josh Fox premiered How to Let Go at the Sundance Film Festival in 2016. How to Let Go was awarded the 2016 Documentary Award for Environmental Advocacy and has been invited to screen at the Telluride Mountain Festival, DC Environmental Festival, Cleveland International, Princeton Environmental Film Festival, Environmental Film Festival at Yale, Hot Docs, among many others.

Dozens of grassroots groups across the country have requested to bring the film through their communities. The film is about the power that local communities have in determining their own climate and energy solutions democratically. More than just a film, How to Let Go is intended to be a launchpad for education and action in communities. Community screenings such as this will help communities lead a renewable energy revolution, one community at a time.

Charlotter publishes book on Transition Movement and People of Faith

RUAH SWENNERFELT of Charlotte, Vt., has just published a book describing the important role that people of faith could have in the growing Transition Movement. Her 120-page soft cover book, Rising to the Challenge: The Transition Movement and People of Faith, is available for $15 through local bookstores, from the author, or from Amazon.Com.

Active in the Transition Town Charlotte organization for many years, Ruah has based her book on the testimonies of many Transition activists that she interviewed in the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East. Some have found that the Transition Movement provides a field of action for their faith experience while bringing a helpful faith perspective to their community’s Transition Initiative. A history of the Transition Movement and an explanation of Permaculture principles are also included. Transition founder Rob Hopkins wrote the Foreword.


“RISING TO THE CHALLENGE is a strong call to respond to the global climate challenge and put faith into action to “see what love can do.” Swennerfelt draws on inspiring stories from the world’s experimentation crucibles in Transition, offering up her vision of radical dreaming. Here we learn about energy descent planning, repair cafes, and permaculture communities, and the important role of faith traditions in healing the world. Based on her travels to Transition Towns around the world, this book demonstrates the possibilities of loving kindness on a global scale. It is a marvelous manifesto for resilience and a powerful testimony of home, reflecting Swennerfelt’s own deep personal commitment, an inspiring voice in this time of transformation. –Stephanie Kaza, author of Hooked! Buddhist Essays on Greed, Desire, and the Urge to Consume.