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Great Local Groups

Learn more about locally-based initiatives and enterprises that are building community and economic resilience in the area.

Your Farmstand <www.yourfarmstand.com>

Yourfarmstand enables consumers to buy fresh local food directly from local independent farmers and producers in one simple transaction. Participating farmers choose what to sell and how much to charge, just like a farmers market, but they only pick and deliver what they’ve sold, saving them time and money. Customers can order anytime from any number of farmers, pay in a single transaction, and pick up all their purchases at a convenient location. They get access to local and organic food through the convenience of their computer, tablet, or smartphone.

Yourfarmstand can enable your community to support local independent growers and help build a strong local food network through this new and exciting way of getting food from farm to plate.

At Yourfarmstand, your market is part of an interconnected but independent network of online markets. Customers currently are able to shop in any open market and farmers can sell in multiple markets from a single account. With three years experience in supporting online farmers markets, Yourfarmstand is a tried and proven system. In addition, we have lots of plans for Yourfarmstand and we want you to be a part of it!

Front Porch Forum <www.frontporchforum.com>‎

Front Porch Forum is a free community-building service. Your neighborhood’s forum is only open to the people who live there. It’s all about helping neighbors 

Front Porch Forum’s mission is to help neighbors connect and build community. We do that by hosting regional networks of online neighborhood forums.

Common sense and a growing body of research tell us that well-connected neighborhoods are friendlier places to live, with less crime, healthier residents, higher property values, and better service from local government and public utilities.

Lewis Creek Association <www.lewiscreek.org>

Lewis Creek doesn’t follow arbitrary town and county lines; gravity, geography, and geology have a greater say in its course. The creek and its tributaries run freely through the watershed towns of Ferrisburgh, Charlotte, Monkton, Hinesburg, Starksboro, and Bristol, and cross the boundary from Chittenden to Addison County.

Since 1990, the Lewis Creek Association (LCA) has been working with these towns and their citizens to protect the Lewis Creek, its tributaries, and the watershed as a whole.

The mission of Lewis Creek Association is to protect, maintain and restore ecological health while promoting social values that support sustainable community development in the Lewis Creek watershed region and Vermont. Through education and action, LCA works to:

  • Restore water quality, stream stability, and native wildlife habitat
  • Protect and restore important and diverse natural areas
  • Conserve productive and scenic lands that contribute to rural character and economy
  • Support growth compatible with important natural systems and working landscapes
  • Strengthen and support local conservation initiatives and opportunities
  • Model active participation and respect for differences

With a hard-working volunteer board and a part-time paid consultant, the LCA offers educational and monitoring programs involving hundreds of volunteers, facilitates the conservation of riparian habitat, and re-vegetates the Lewis Creek stream bank.

We offer adult, youth, and family educational programs, technical training, and informational workshops to area residents. Subjects include water quality, sustainable forestry, wetlands, wildlife habitat & tracking, stream bank stabilization, and land conservation & planning.

To leverage our activities, we cooperate with local landowners; businesses; local, regional, state and federal agencies and organizations.

LCA helps to conserve significant tracts of riparian and upland habitat; and involves hundreds of adults and students with re-vegetating Lewis Creek stream banks, testing water quality, evaluating stream channel stability, restoring natural communities and wildlife habitat, and citizen-based watershed planning.

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Visit this page later for discussion and facts about local groups, such as the Energy Committee,  that Transition Town Charlotte supports and networks with that are already doing things that help make our community more resource-resilient and ecologically/economically sustainable.