I’ve lately been interested in learning more about Carbon Sequestration and apparently care for the soils and depositing carbon beneath the earth has been happening for thousands of years. Local farmer, Will Bonsal of Industry’s Scattered Seed Project mentioned the term to me and its definitely interesting to those who depend on healthy soil and earth for their livelihood.
Check out this link: http://e-terrapreta.blogspot.com/
On a more local level, Androscoggin County is a pilot site for the efforts of something called the Maine Carbon Credit Program. We who are involved in the creation of the Farmington Conservation Fair and in making it a well-rounded and well-attended day are in contact with folks about the specifics of this program. Perhaps, we will be able to invite workshop presenters from either Androscoggin County’s or Franklin County’s Soil and Water Conservation District to speak on October 24, the date of the fair.
Speaking about important, long-term, and sustainable agricultural practices will be one aspect of information made available to attendees by speakers, presenters and exhibitors that we hope to secure on that day. I will provide more information on those involved and the guidelines for those wishing to be involved as I acquire it.
On a different note, the morning of June 26th found members of the Organizational Committee for the Farmington Conservation Fair meeting to discuss important topics related to the creation of the fair itself. Also discussed in the meeting were the particular details of what each stakeholder wanted to explore as to inform work needed for their own endeavors in advance of October 24th.
Organizational Committee Meeting
Present and pictured above were (in no particular order) the following persons: Anne Geller and Tanya Swain of Farmington, Lloyd Griscom of Phillips, Chris Knapp* of Temple, Valerie Huebener* of Madison, and Nancy Teel, Seth Hubbard, Dennis Haszko*, Jeremy Smith*, Susan Pearson, all from Farmington.
Speaking about the organizational components that would be necessary to have an event run smoothly, discussion amongst those attending the June 26th meeting covered various topics and items. What would be the overall number of presenters? Would there be an admission charge? Who will arrange for volunteer recruitment? Do we want to have outside workshops linked to the event and what will they consist of? Who else do we need to contact and what is our overall timeline for this project?
A ton of good ideas and energy came out of the meeting and I was able to feel inspired by having a team of committed individuals interested in furthering an endeavor created by 350.org‘s chairman, Bill McKibben. In fact, I just recently registered the Farmington Conservation Fair as one of the sites for 350 Day and am awaiting materials and more organizational details from 350.org.
If you go to http://www.350.org/map and zoom in on Maine, it will actually take you to our action, the Farmington Conservation Fair 2009: Sustainable Practices for Farms, Businesses and Community.
Here’s the link for our action : http://www.350.org/o24/action/5301
To sum up the purpose of the day, the following is a key statement from the 350.org website:
“On October 24, we will stand together as one planet and call for a fair global climate treaty. United by a common call to action, we’ll make it clear: the world needs an international plan that meets the latest science and gets us back to safety.
This movement has just begun, and it needs your help.
Here’s the plan: we’re asking you, and people in every country on earth, to organize an action in their community on October 24.
There are no limits here–imagine bike rides, rallies, concerts, hikes, festivals, tree-plantings, protests, and more. Imagine your action linking up with thousands of others around the globe. Imagine the world waking up.
If we can pull it off, we’ll send a powerful message on October 24: the world needs the climate solutions that science and justice demand.”
Bill McKibben – Author and Activist- USA
Vandana Shiva – Physicist, Activist, Author – India
David Suzuki – Scientist, Author, Activist – Canada
Bianca Jagger – Chair of the World Future Council – UK
Tim Flannery – Scientist, Author, Explorer -Australia
Bittu Sahgal – Editor of Sanctuary magazine – India
Andrew Simmons – Environmental Advocate, St. Vincent & The Grenadines
Christine Loh – Environmental Advocate and Legislator – Hong Kong
Since June 26th, I have been in contact with local farmers, representatives from the Franklin County Soil and Water Conservation District, as well as several small business owners with an emphasis on green.
The only area I think I have yet to contact someone about is the biofuel area. Please forward the link to this blog to someone you think might be interested in speaking about biofuels or having a table at the fair.
By the end of August, I hope to have more information available soon in written form as well as a registration form (able to be downloaded from this website) for interested parties wanting exhibition space, as well as individuals wishing to be speakers, and individuals wishing to provide offsite workshops during the day of the fair. We hope to have exhibitors and speakers appearing free of charge for the community service component of providing local people information and good news about the goals of the 350 Organization and our fair.
Our overall mission is to educate and inform people about the green enhancements to the infrastructure here in the Greater Franklin County area and encourage communication and to perhaps aid in the forming of new partnerships in addition to many that already flourish in our unique area. Franklin County has a diversity of forward-thinking enterprises that should be celebrated!
Please stay tuned, I hope to have the pamphlet created and available soon. Mid-August is my goal, I’ll keep you posted!