2020 Programs


Programs for 2020


Composting Workshop with NEKWMD

Thursday May 7th at 4:30pm on ZOOM

Join Shannon Choquette from Northeast Kingdom Waste Management District to learn all about composting.

  • Act 148
  • environmental and socio-economic benefits of composting
  • composting basics
  • choosing the ideal set-up for your compost production
  • building and maintaining a productive compost pile
  • best compost ingredients
  • troubleshooting problems

The workshop is designed to provide the essential information you’ll need to feel comfortable experimenting with backyard composting while understanding some of the science behind the process.
Join the workshop on zoom, May 7th at 4:30pm followed by a virtual zoom Q & A with Shannon.
Register in advance for this meeting here.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Starting Plants in Your Home & Greenhouse

Saturday May 16th at 11am on ZOOM

Executive Director of the OSHM, Molly Veysey will give you a tour of her recycled-window potting shed and hoop house during a live zoom workshop covering starting plants before they go in the garden out-of-doors.
This workshop is for beginning gardeners looking to get a little more serious about their production and lengthening the short northern VT growing season.
This live, interactive workshop will happen on May 16th at 11am.
Register for this workshop here

2nd Annual Plant Sale to Benefit the OSH

Saturday and Sunday, May 30 and 31, 10am-3pm

On the weekend of May 30th, the OSH is hosting its 2nd plant sale. All proceeds of the sale will help support the 2020 season of virtual events and programs. Come on by and pick up plants ready to put in the garden!
The OSH Plant Sale will be open on Saturday May 30th and Sunday, May 31st from 10am-3pm both days. 

For everyone’s safety, please adhere to social distancing and mask-wearing recommendations when you shop at the sale.

Veggie Starts available:

  • Tomato varieties
  • Cabbage starts
  • Broccoli starts
  • Brussel Sprout starts
  • Squash varieties
  • And more!

Perennial Transplants available: 

  • Daylilies, reds, yellows
  • Lemon Lilies
  • Catnip
  • Spiderwort
  • Oregano and other herbs     

Looking for More to Sell!

  • Heritage veggie starts (tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, melons, etc.)
  • Hops potted transplants
  • Grapevine potted transplants
  • Non-invasive perennials and annuals

Drop off your plant donations to the OSH office on Friday, May 29th, between 11am and 3pm. Please be sure to label your plant and identify any special treatment, if needed.
When dropping off plant donations, please social distance and wear your mask.
Thanks and see you at the sale!

Bees Besieged: A History of Beekeeping

Saturday, May 30 at 3 pm (location TBA)

Beekeeping goes back 10,000 years, but bees have been much in the news recently as a multi-pronged scourge has devastated many of the nation’s 2.5 million colonies. Meanwhile, hobby beekeeping has grown exponentially in the country. Bill Mares, writer, and a beekeeper for 45 years, will tell of the origins and evolution of beekeeping, sometimes referred to as “farming for intellectuals.”

Presenter Bill Mares has been a reporter-photographer, state legislator and high school teacher. Author or co-author of 17 books on a range of topics, including “The Land of Milk and Honey, a History of Beekeeping in Vermont.” (Green Writers Press). (Funded by VT Humanities Council)


Juneteenth: The War before the War: Radical Abolition in Antebellum America

Friday, June 19 at 7 pm (location TBA)

A new wave of antislavery thinking swept the country in the 1830s as some churches demanded immediate emancipation of slaves and equal rights for free blacks. In her illustrated lecture, historian and former Rokeby Museum director Jane Williamson presents the philosophies, strategies, and tactics of these abolitionists, compares their efforts with those of earlier abolitionists, and explores their impact on American society.

Presenter Jane Williamson holds an MA in historic preservation from the University of Vermont and was the director of the Rokeby Museum for over 20 years. (Funded by VT Humanities Council)


Knit for Democracy Knitting Circle

Saturday, July 18 from 2-4:30 pm at Samuel Read Hall House

Like the historic sewing circles where abolitionists and suffragists discussed the issues of the day, artist (and election law lawyer) Eve Jacobs-Carnahan will lead and facilitate gathering to knit building blocks of a state capitol sculpture.  Participants will not only learn how to knit, but also hear how some cities and states have decreased candidate reliance on private campaign money.


From Parlor to Polling Place: Stories and Songs from the Suffragists

Sunday, August 23 at 3 pm (location TBA)

Singer and Historian Linda Radtke, in period garb and “Votes for Women” sash, celebrates the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment, specifically highlighting the decades-long persistence of Vermonters, both women and men. Music was essential to the movement: each state convention of suffragists began and ended with songs such as “Shall Women Vote?” “New America,” “Giving the Ballot to the Mother” or “Voting as we Pray,” as well as rousing Christian hymns. Radtke also traces the movement’s alignment with other social justice initiatives such as temperance, labor conditions, wage equity, peace, and children’s welfare. Touring the state in 1870, suffragist Lucy Stone urged resistant citizens to see women’s involvement in civic life as “Enlarged Housekeeping,” expanding women’s traditional efforts to nurture hearth and home to a wider focus to improve the greater community. (The Rutland Herald reporter expected “Harpies and Amazons,” and was impressed by suffragists’ mild and rational approach!)

Both the songs and stories in Radtke’s engaging presentation, accompanied by pianist Cameron Steinmetz, highlight Vermonters’ efforts from 1840-1921, as they lobbied in churches, at “parlor meetings” at town halls and at the State House for total enfranchisement. 

Presenter Linda Radtke is a classically trained singer and member of the musical group Counterpoint. A Vermont high school teacher for thirty-one years, she now produces the VPR Choral Hour on Vermont Public Radio. (Funded by VT Humanities Council)