Post Oil Solutions

At A Glance

Contact: 

Tim Stevenson

Location: 

Brattleboro, Vermont

Primary Issue Area:

  • Living Economies

Active since:

2005

Grants Received In:

  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008

Tax Status:

501(c)(3)

Core volunteers:

50

Community Size:

25,000

Our Purpose

to empower the people of the Central Connecticut River Valley bioregion to develop sustainable, cooperative, and socially just communities leading to a self-sufficient post petroleum society.

Summary of Projects

Post Oil Solutions received a grant in 2010 to continue a cooking class that targets a low-income community members that have not been able to attend community workshops. Post Oil Solutions has been working on a variety of initiatives related to peak oil with a particular focus on strenghtening the community-based food system. A strategic plan is currently being developed (with help from an intern and Americorps VISTAs) to tie together different initiatives and prioritize projects.

POS has been actively working on building a community-based food system by working with farmers and distribution points including a Winter Farmers' Market to extend the season of available local produce. The group is actively working to reconnect people with food through its (Re)learning to Feed Ourselves workshop series focused around gardening classes, food preservation classes, cooking classes and community meals. Post Oil Solutions received a grant in 2008 to hire a part-time Community Garden Coordinator as the group planned for the third year of the community garden project. The coordinator oversees the maintenance, improvement, and expansion of the existing garden site, and research possibilities for additional neighborhood gardens in the greater Brattleboro area. The group received a grant in 2009 to hire a part-time coordinator to (1) develop a Train the Trainers component of the (Re)learning to Feed Ourselves workshop series, (2) initiate a pilot program of (Re)learning that would develop such community inexpensive infrastructure such as cold frames, green houses & root cellars.

Post Oil Solutions (POS) received a small grant in 2008 to hire a part-tiem coordinator for the third year of their community garden project.The coordinator will oversee maintenance, improvement and expansion of the existing garden and research possibilities for additional neighborhood gardens in the greater Brattleboro area. The coordinator will report to the POS’s garden committee, members of which will continue their volunteer support.