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An Update on Flooding from Irene, and Ongoing Recovery in VT

Tropical Storm Irene slammed Vermont last weekend, causing more severe flooding than the state has seen in nearly a century. Many rural highways along mountain rivers were washed out, isolating some towns completely until ATVs, horses, or hikers could make it in. For a country well-versed in hurricane damage, the devastation in Vermont could be hard to read  for what it is–but nobody here saw it coming. A state that plows several feet of snow each winter doesn’t ordinarily expect her summer vacation to be swamped by a tropical storm. But the climes, they are a-changin’…

Despite the mayhem, Vermont and Vermonters are strong and resilient! This past week has seen heroic efforts to salvage flooded houses, get medicine to isolated towns by horseback, and even save sheep by kayak. Roads are busily being rebuilt, water and power are being restored, and life looks to be returning to normal.

To keep up to date with flood response information, ways to help, and to find out which roads are open, here’s a list of online resources. Enjoy, stay dry, and good luck!

On Facebook: Vermont Flooding 2011: Statewide information is posted here by regular folks. You can often get replies to requests for information about specific road closures and progress within minutes, plus links to tons of other sites with more resources: VT Response Blog:  This blog is collecting statewide information for volunteers, requests for help, and other things, like a dog that was found recently in Proctor: From the Upper Valley area: Bob Cavnar’s blog: Bob is a Chelsea Green author and part-time Woodstock resident. This is a link to a story on NBC’s Nightly News last week about the disaster. Finally some national coverage!: Julia Carlisle, another Woodstock resident, is keeping the world informed play-by-play on her blog: On Twitter Search for hashtags #VTResponse and #VTIrene for the latest updates, including those from Governor Peter Shumlin and federal emergency response organizations like FEMA. In other news, there’s a rumor floating around the office that we may be pulling together some kind of book on the VT floods to serve as a fundraiser for damaged libraries…more on that as it unfolds! Photo: Leila LaRosa

“Rules for Revolutionaries” Offers New Political Playbook for Activists

A riveting behind-the-scenes look at the “rules” used by the “revolutionaries” who helped harness the volunteer power that fueled Bernie Sanders’ historic, and insurgent, presidential campaign.Authors Becky Bond and Zack Exley led the Sanders campaign’s efforts to recruit and engage volunteers at an unprecedented level, which was crucial to the Vermont senator capturing 46 percent […] Read More

In Memory: Poet David Budbill

“One village of the many—call it Judevine.”The Chelsea Green family was saddened to hear of the death of Vermont poet, author, and friend David Budbill. He died early Sunday morning, September 25, 2016 at his home in Montpelier. He had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease a year ago, and was in steady decline.In 1991, Chelsea […] Read More

Celebrate Homesteading Month with Chelsea Green

It’s September, which means it’s time to celebrate homesteading: Pose a question, tell a story, win a book!That’s right, September is International Homesteading Education Month, and throughout the month we’ll be publishing some of our favorite homesteading tips, techniques, and even recipes. We’ll be featuring authors Carol Deppe, Janisse Ray, Ben Hewitt, Philip Ackerman-Leist, as […] Read More

Hop Grower’s Handbook Wins Silver for Garden Writing

We’re “hopping” for joy at Chelsea Green for authors Laura Ten Eyck and Dietrich Gehring as they’ve been honored with a Silver Medal by GWA: The Association for Garden Communicators for their book The Hop Grower’s Handbook.Laura and Deitrich won the prestigious honor in the Writing category for a technical/reference book of greater than 120 […] Read More

Gene Logsdon: Contrary Farmer & Rural Philosopher (1931-2016)

One of Chelsea Green’s most prolific writers, thinkers, and all-around curmudgeonly but lovable farmer — Gene Logsdon — died this week. We were heartbroken to hear the news, and many of us who have worked with Gene over the years  began to think of all the ways in which we were the better for not […] Read More
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