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What’s Next BALE’s approach is unique in that its focus is on ALL issues that bind community and economy together as a way to create resiliency in a carbon constrained future. Our strategy is engagement and the tools of engagement are education,

To find out more

communication and networking. We

contact BALE at:

will lead with educational programs and continue to link together the chal-

email: info@balevt.org

lenges we face – and the opportunities to transcend them… everything from community media, complementary currencies, transportation challenges, creating smarter energy options, to telling our stories and celebrating our culture and heritage. We believe in order to be active citizens, we need to place our lives in the context of a human community and the land we share with the natural world.

mail: P.O. Box 211, South Royalton, VT 05068 web: www.balevt.org phone: 802-498-8438

“A proper community, we should remember also, is a commonwealth: a place, a resource, an economy. It answers the needs, practical as well as social and spiritual, of its members— among them the need to need one another. The answer to the present alignment of political power with wealth is the restoration of the identity of community and economy.” —Wendell Berry


· White River Food and Farm – working with other groups and community institutions, expanding the clout of area farms to sell locally and develop regional solutions for farmers such as cooperative marketing and new storage and processing capacity. · White River Valley Regional Website –

Building A Local Economy is a community

In collaboration with the Randolph Area

resource center for local economy initia-

Community Development Corporation,

tives in the White River Valley of Vermont.

launching an interactive regional web portal

We are a collaborative effort that is watershed

that will be the “go to” online resource for

focused and cross-disciplinary in purpose. We

information and resources in the White

start with the explicit understanding that we face dramatic climate change in a coming peak oil future… and that structural features of our existing economic system are responsible for our unsustainable path. We also start with the

What We Do We have accomplished a great deal in a short time, with new programs in development: · A community space on the Green

organizing belief that out of solutions that build

in South Royalton; a hub for many community,

economic, cultural and ecological resilience at

artistic and cultural activities as well as a

the local level will come models for a transition

resource center with regional information and

that will heal our relationship to our planet –

educational programming.

and to each other.

· A Locally Grown Guide to farms, farmers

River Valley. · New Economy Initiative – A program of education and engagement that is core to our mission of inspiring a profound transformation in the awareness of citizens to the changes we must make in the way we live and how our economy and communities function in the future. The leading program aimed at that goal is a “Why Build A Local Economy” public series throughout the

markets, retailers, value-added producers and

region that addresses the many aspects of

more… available throughout the year (as well

why a “new” sustainable economy is both

as online at www.vermontgrowersguide.com).

vital and necessary.

· BALE Fest: A Celebration of All Things Local – exhibits, nonprofit and craft vendors, educational workshops, demonstrations, live music and a festive family celebration atmosphere.


· White River Food and Farm – working with other groups and community institutions, expanding the clout of area farms to sell locally and develop regional solutions for farmers such as cooperative marketing and new storage and processing capacity. · White River Valley Regional Website –

Building A Local Economy is a community

In collaboration with the Randolph Area

resource center for local economy initia-

Community Development Corporation,

tives in the White River Valley of Vermont.

launching an interactive regional web portal

We are a collaborative effort that is watershed

that will be the “go to” online resource for

focused and cross-disciplinary in purpose. We

information and resources in the White

start with the explicit understanding that we face dramatic climate change in a coming peak oil future… and that structural features of our existing economic system are responsible for our unsustainable path. We also start with the

What We Do We have accomplished a great deal in a short time, with new programs in development: · A community space on the Green

organizing belief that out of solutions that build

in South Royalton; a hub for many community,

economic, cultural and ecological resilience at

artistic and cultural activities as well as a

the local level will come models for a transition

resource center with regional information and

that will heal our relationship to our planet –

educational programming.

and to each other.

· A Locally Grown Guide to farms, farmers

River Valley. · New Economy Initiative – A program of education and engagement that is core to our mission of inspiring a profound transformation in the awareness of citizens to the changes we must make in the way we live and how our economy and communities function in the future. The leading program aimed at that goal is a “Why Build A Local Economy” public series throughout the

markets, retailers, value-added producers and

region that addresses the many aspects of

more… available throughout the year (as well

why a “new” sustainable economy is both

as online at www.vermontgrowersguide.com).

vital and necessary.

· BALE Fest: A Celebration of All Things Local – exhibits, nonprofit and craft vendors, educational workshops, demonstrations, live music and a festive family celebration atmosphere.


· White River Food and Farm – working with other groups and community institutions, expanding the clout of area farms to sell locally and develop regional solutions for farmers such as cooperative marketing and new storage and processing capacity. · White River Valley Regional Website –

Building A Local Economy is a community

In collaboration with the Randolph Area

resource center for local economy initia-

Community Development Corporation,

tives in the White River Valley of Vermont.

launching an interactive regional web portal

We are a collaborative effort that is watershed

that will be the “go to” online resource for

focused and cross-disciplinary in purpose. We

information and resources in the White

start with the explicit understanding that we face dramatic climate change in a coming peak oil future… and that structural features of our existing economic system are responsible for our unsustainable path. We also start with the

What We Do We have accomplished a great deal in a short time, with new programs in development: · A community space on the Green

organizing belief that out of solutions that build

in South Royalton; a hub for many community,

economic, cultural and ecological resilience at

artistic and cultural activities as well as a

the local level will come models for a transition

resource center with regional information and

that will heal our relationship to our planet –

educational programming.

and to each other.

· A Locally Grown Guide to farms, farmers

River Valley. · New Economy Initiative – A program of education and engagement that is core to our mission of inspiring a profound transformation in the awareness of citizens to the changes we must make in the way we live and how our economy and communities function in the future. The leading program aimed at that goal is a “Why Build A Local Economy” public series throughout the

markets, retailers, value-added producers and

region that addresses the many aspects of

more… available throughout the year (as well

why a “new” sustainable economy is both

as online at www.vermontgrowersguide.com).

vital and necessary.

· BALE Fest: A Celebration of All Things Local – exhibits, nonprofit and craft vendors, educational workshops, demonstrations, live music and a festive family celebration atmosphere.


What’s Next BALE’s approach is unique in that its focus is on ALL issues that bind community and economy together as a way to create resiliency in a carbon constrained future. Our strategy is engagement and the tools of engagement are education,

To find out more

communication and networking. We

contact BALE at:

will lead with educational programs and continue to link together the chal-

email: info@balevt.org

lenges we face – and the opportunities to transcend them… everything from community media, complementary currencies, transportation challenges, creating smarter energy options, to telling our stories and celebrating our culture and heritage. We believe in order to be active citizens, we need to place our lives in the context of a human community and the land we share with the natural world.

mail: P.O. Box 211, South Royalton, VT 05068 web: www.balevt.org phone: 802-498-8438

“A proper community, we should remember also, is a commonwealth: a place, a resource, an economy. It answers the needs, practical as well as social and spiritual, of its members— among them the need to need one another. The answer to the present alignment of political power with wealth is the restoration of the identity of community and economy.” —Wendell Berry


What’s Next BALE’s approach is unique in that its focus is on ALL issues that bind community and economy together as a way to create resiliency in a carbon constrained future. Our strategy is engagement and the tools of engagement are education,

To find out more

communication and networking. We

contact BALE at:

will lead with educational programs and continue to link together the chal-

email: info@balevt.org

lenges we face – and the opportunities to transcend them… everything from community media, complementary currencies, transportation challenges, creating smarter energy options, to telling our stories and celebrating our culture and heritage. We believe in order to be active citizens, we need to place our lives in the context of a human community and the land we share with the natural world.

mail: P.O. Box 211, South Royalton, VT 05068 web: www.balevt.org phone: 802-498-8438

“A proper community, we should remember also, is a commonwealth: a place, a resource, an economy. It answers the needs, practical as well as social and spiritual, of its members— among them the need to need one another. The answer to the present alignment of political power with wealth is the restoration of the identity of community and economy.” —Wendell Berry

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