Category Archives: Vermont

Welcoming new sponsors, partners, and friends!

I’m always humbled by the support that I’m offered at nearly every turn, and by the many people, groups, and organizations that have helped to shape Climate Run from a dream to a reality over the past 4 years.

As training for the 2018 Climate Run Vermont 500 Resilience Ride & Run ramps up each week, I am again floored by the kindness and generosity of others — whether gifts of time, promises to share miles with me on the Long Trail, or much appreciated and needed financial, in-kind, or product support.

Please visit the sponsors, partners, and friends listed on the right, check out what they’re up to, and let them know how much you appreciate their good work.

In just the past few weeks, I’ve been honored to add the support of the great folks at:

Clean Yield Asset Management
Clean Yield is a Norwich, Vermont-based investment management firm that works with progressive investors to help build a ‘more just and environmentally sustainable economy’ and to help ‘advance corporate transparency and environmental and social sustainability.’ I’m excited to ride and run with the support of an organization helping others make far-reaching and significant change in Vermont and beyond.

 

Sweet Rowen Farmstead
If you’ve never had milk or cheese curds from Sweet Rowen in East Albany, VT, you’ve never tasted fresh local dairy the way it’s meant to be. Their mission, to “maintain a working landscape that provides families with fresh food, supports the local economy, and upholds the ecological integrity of the environment,” is at the very heart of building the roots of small-scale resilient communities. 

 

Ploughgate Creamery
At Ploughgate Creamery, Marisa Mauro has been making delicious cultured butter since establishing the Creamery at Bragg Farm in Fayston, VT in 2014. Perched on the eastern slopes of the Green Mountains below App Gap, Bragg Farm’s deep connection to the area’s dairy farming history is a natural complement to Ploughgate’s traditional approach to making cultured butter — a place where land, history, culture, and sustainable farming all come together in one exceptional product.

 

Hillside Farm
Fewer than a dozen miles from our home, Hillside Farm in East Albany, VT offers a range of local products — including pastured poultry, cider in season, and the yummy home-baked granola I fuel my each and every morning!

I am deeply grateful for the support of all these folks (and so many others!) — some of whom are planning to join me for at least part of my run north on the Long Trail in June.

Are you interested in helping to support the Climate Run mission or join me for a stretch of the LT? Let me know!

every step

I’m procrastinating a little.

It’s day two of our January thaw.

It’s 48 degrees and raining, which has glazed the 4th-class gravel road in front of our house with a sheen of mottled gray ice.

So, I’m less excited to get out there and put in the miles today, but I know I need them — as do my dogs, Dragon and Freyja, who will eventually lose their patience with my lassitude. IMG_8578

For the time being, I have been reflecting on and planning for running instead. I’ve been dividing 272 by various single digit numbers — 9, 8, 7 — realizing that only 4 extra miles per day can help me complete the Long Trail in 8 days rather than 9. Is that possible, for me?

I pushed to near 40 miles for a day or two of my Arctic Trail run last August, but then I also called it quits after only half the total distance because of a stress reaction in my leg. More training? The variables in Vermont are different, the goal distance overall is shorter, but the terrain more demanding.

I’ve also never ridden a bike 200 miles in one go. I’m confident, though that the training I started in December will make that possible for me.

Every step of every run I take is so deeply interbraided with these questions, with self-doubt, as well as with the hopes, aspirations, and insights I gain from reflecting on the why of it all.

Some of that why is this:

Experiencing our full humanity requires us to attenuate our self-centeredness by enfolding it within a much wider sense of self in which we experience genuine love and compassion for all beings, both living and non-living.

This excerpt from a short essay by Stephan Harding is part of a response to the question, “What does it mean to be human?” Harding draws on Arne Naess’s idea of an ecological self — one that is larger than just our individual self that encompasses the whole of the human and non-human worlds.

I share Stephan Harding’s belief that

…the most pressing challenge for our times is to awaken the ecological selves of as many people as possible within the shortest possible time.

This is exactly why I’ve come to do the things I do —

If I can connect my footfall on the icy gravel outside my own door to my more far-flung adventures in the Arctic to conversations with middle-school students about climate change to, finally, building resilient communities, I hope that I can help awaken at least some of our collective ecological selves.

Now, time to strap on the microspikes and get out that door.