Valley Quest

Discover the special places in our region.

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Leadership UV

Inspiring, educating, and engaging leaders.

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Local First Alliance

Pursuing a thriving local economy.

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Working to reduce reliance on driving alone.

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Food & Farm

Keeping agriculture a vital part of UV life.

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Moving  towards energy independence.

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What's Happening

Upcoming Events

October  2015
  • Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: October 2, 2015 - 12:00 am
    Description: Dine or shop at a participating local business, and a portion of the day’s proceeds will support NOFA Vermont’s Farm Share Program, bringing the bounty of our local CSA farms to more Vermonters.

    Participating Businesses:
    Woodstock Farmers Market
    Route 4 Country Store Deli & BBQ
    Springfield Food Coop
    South Royalton Market
    Skunk Hollow Tavern
    Colatina Exit
    The Local Buzz
  • Starts: 9:00 pm
    Ends: October 3, 2015 - 2:00 am
    Location: White River Junction, VT
    Description: Join the businesses of downtown WRJ in celebrating the first Friday of the month! It changes every month but there is always something fun going on. Wine tastings, fashion shows, art exhibits, kids crafts, live music and so much more. Kim Souza, of the amazing store Revolution, is usually instrumental in announcing the line up so for more info send an email to or go to
  • Starts: 2:00 pm
    Ends: October 11, 2015 - 7:00 pm
    Description: Lots of family fun and activities! Horse-drawn wagon rides, pumpkin picking, educational activities and displays, self- guided farm tour. Win prizes donated by local businesses in our Share the Harvest raffle. Enjoy children’s crafts and games in the enchanted forest, meet the visiting owl from VINS, storytelling and live music throughout the day from three great Upper Valley bands. Food concession includes homemade butternut apple crisp, pumpkin brownies, grilled local sausages, fresh salads, organic local ice cream, and more!
    Rain or shine. $10 per car (carpooling strongly encouraged.) Walk or bike and get in free! Help us to reduce waste, bring your own plate, cup, and silverware.
  • Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: October 15, 2015 - 12:00 am
  • Starts: 12:00 pm
    Ends: October 14, 2015 - 1:00 pm
    Description: Launch Your Own Solarize Campaign
    October 14 from noon - 1 p.m.
    Register Here:

    We've all heard about Solarize campaigns. They're popping up all over and leaving a trail of solar homes in their wake. Now it's your turn. Vital Communities, the nonprofit behind Solarize Upper Valley, has created a comprehensive toolkit with timelines, templates, and examples to help any community Solarize. Vital Communities' own Sarah Simonds will walk us through the online Solarize Toolkit and offer tips on where to start and what to expect. We'll also hear from Pete LaBelle of Cavendish, Vermont, who led his energy committee in a Solarize campaign this summer.
  • Starts: 8:30 am
    Ends: October 21, 2015 - 10:00 am
    Location: Hanover Town Hall Board Room
  • Starts: 10:00 pm
    Ends: October 21, 2015 - 11:30 pm
    Location: Forest Center, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, Woodstock, VT.
    Description: Working Woodlands Workshop – Bats, Flicker in the Darkness

    Over the last decade, the bat populations in Vermont have significantly declined due to the white-nose syndrome Come support our flying furry friends! Learn about Vermont’s nine species of bats, what habitat is important to the various species, and how you can manage your woodlands and property for enhancing bat habitat and populations. Alyssa Bennett, Small Mammals Biologist and Bat specialist for the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department , will discuss foraging and roosting features utilized by bats and forest management practices that can be incorporated to improve these features. Weather permitting, we will have the chance to go outside and use acoustic equipment to listen for bat activity on the property after sunset.
    FEE: None
    RESERVATIONS: None required
    CONTACT: To learn more email ,
    visit or call (802) 457-3368 x 22
  • Starts: 9:00 pm
    Ends: October 28, 2015 - 11:00 pm
    Location: The Norwich Inn, 325 Main St, Norwich, VT 05055, United States
    Description: A fun night with fine wines from Local First Alliance member, Dan & Whit's General Store.

    A portion of proceeds from each tasting supports a great Upper Valley organization! Tickets are $15.00 in advance at Dan & Whit's or $20.00 day-of at the reception desk at the Norwich Inn.

    Please RSVP -
  • Starts: 1:30 pm
    Ends: November 1, 2015 - 4:00 am
    Location: Keene, NH, USA
    Description: Join the Grassroots Fund in Keene (NH) on October 31st - November 1st for a weekend of networking, sharing, good-food-eating, skills-building and fun-having at the 2015 Fall RootSkills Networking and Training Retreat. The retreat offers a choice of four day-long workshop tracks on Saturday with topics from personal leadership to fundraising, brought to you by facilitators who understand the specific challenges of community groups. The Grassroots Fund is also offering two shorter workshops and an early morning yoga session on Sunday for those who want to rise, shine, and stretch! For more information, please contact Ally Philip at or call 603-905-9915.
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About Us

Vital Communities’ agenda and programs emerge from, and are driven by, regional needs and community interests.

As a neutral convener, Vital Communities brings diverse people and organizations together to devise and implement collaborative solutions.

Vital Communities takes on issues where regional coordination and leadership can achieve results.

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