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Chelsea Green participation in “Point-to-Point” ride a great success

As you may have seen previously, a bunch of us here at Chelsea Green signed up to participate in the Harpoon Brewery’s “Point-to-Point” charity bike ride. The ride took place this past Saturday, and, despite sometimes-heavy rain, we had a blast. Team members included Brianne Goodspeed, Jesse McDougall, Jonathan Teller-Elsberg, Dennis Pacheco, Jessica Saturley, and friends-of-Chelsea Green, Cally Wheeler, former CGPer and now Valley News reporter Erin Hanrahan, and Farm and Wilderness counselor Karen Ganey–the latter two, plus Brianne, decked out in matching green capes. I think this was their first outing as the new Upper Valley Auxiliary Super Heroes. We participated in the 25-mile loop ride—there were simultaneous 50-mile and 110-mile point-to-point rides as part of the event, but given the uneven fitness levels in our team, the 25-miler was the right choice for us. (I think Brianne and Jessica might be the only ones capable of doing the longer rides at the moment, but Jesse and Cally took oaths that next year they’d be ready for 50 big, bad miles.) Our start was delayed by the onset of bad weather. Up-to-the-minute weather predictions were calling for severe storming on our path at the planned start of 1pm. As it turned out, that storm shifted further south—but it was a doozy we’re glad we didn’t have to bike through, with reports of half-inch hail, forty-mile-per-hour winds, and lightning that gave the Beijing Olympics fireworks show a run for its money. The volunteer “safety guru” for the ride regaled us with statistics about the 62 people who were killed by lightening last year in the U.S. Having been properly forewarned, we looked deep into our hearts and decided to uphold the Chelsea Green motto of “honor above all, biking above honor!” And off we went. We didn’t get pelted with hail, but we did get drenched through and through. Worst moment: one mile from the finish, Cally hit a dinger of a pot-hole that buster her real tire flat. Best moment: Cally coming in to the finish with a smile on her face, not fazed in the slightest by her little mishap. (That, plus the sausage sandwiches being cranked out by the folks at the Vermont Smoke and Cure tent. Oh, and the Harpoon beer tent. Oh, and the Gifford’s Ice Cream tent. To which I went for seconds.) And what was it all for? Not only did we have some good Chelsea Green biking and bonding, we also raised $486 for the Vermont Food Bank, which was the focus of the charity event. That total, by the way, is only “so far,” as the event fundraising window remains open for another month, I think. So if you haven’t given $10 (or more!) to the cause but would like to and have the means, feel free to mosey your way over to our fundraising page.

“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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