Soil & Nature | Portraits of Regional Heroes | Local Events

Our friends at the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) are taking a lead on highlighting regenerative solutions for agriculture and resource management across North America. They have developed a toolkit of resources to help explore these areas, under the heading ‘Soil & Nature.’

As they point out, “Soil carbon sequestration is one of the most promising environmental and economic solutions emerging for food systems advocates, conservationists, and rural economic and community developers. There is a growing body of science which shows that by modifying our agricultural and ranching practices to better pull carbon from the air into the soil, we can grow more nutrient-dense crops, increase water quality and retention, and significantly reduce the amount of carbon in the atmosphere. The science is both compelling and inspiring – and simply knowing it is not enough.”

We’re pleased that next month two pioneers in carbon sequestration will speak at the 35th Annual E. F. Schumacher Lectures in Churchtown, NY. Allan Savory has championed holistic management of grasslands as a method for fighting climate change, while Bren Smith’s integrated ocean farming methods focus on the production of kelp – a plant which absorbs exceptionally high amounts of carbon.

Tickets and further information are available on our website. We hope to see you there.


As with all our events, you can also purchase your tickets with BerkShares. If you’ve used BerkShares to support local businesses in the Berkshires, you already know how beautiful and regionally-attuned local currency can be. But how did this particular currency come to be? Read this month’s article about John Isaacs, the British designer who oversaw the creation of each note.

Over the last 9 years, this local currency has received extensive coverage both nationally and locally. Yesterday, BerkShares were featured on The Greylock Glass, an independent news source based in North County. In the interview, you’ll hear Alice Maggio discuss everything from local currency to the state of community supported industry in Spain.

BerkShares owe their success to passionate community members, dedicated businesses, and a hard-working Board of Trustees, elected by members at Annual Meetings. This year’s meeting will be held at 5:30pm Thursday October 15th at the First Congregational Church in Great Barrington. Become a member before September 21st to take part in this year’s meeting.



Other Local Events

Impact: Crafting a Thriving Venture for the New Economy
Hudson, NY | October 5th – November 9th
This series of 6 workshops, led by the Antidote Collective & On Belay Business Advisors, in partnership with Re>Think Local and Etsy, is designed specifically for local entrepreneurs and business owners.These hands-on workshops will provide tools and ideas for entrepreneurs and local businesses at all levels. Workshops begin October 5th, and each is limited to 40 participants. Partial scholarships are available by application. Pricing and further details are available at


11th Annual Connecting for Change Conference
New Bedford, MA  | October 23rd – 24th
The Schumacher Center’s Greg Watson and Alice Maggio will be joining board member Matt Stinchcomb at this year’s conference. Drawing from their experience in community organizing and regenerative business, they will share programs and tools for engage consumer support for more small-scale production, closer to the point of consumption.Connecting for Change will cover a range of topics, including food and farming, policy, innovative tech and design, health and healing, green business, indigenous knowledge, environmental and social justice, women and youth empowerment, impact investing, spirituality and sustainability. More details are available here.