Wine Exploration on a Budget

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3rdbranchInstructor: Todd Trzaskos and Dave Sambor, Third Branch Wines
Date: Wednesday, March 19, 6-8 PM (1 session) (POSTPONED from March 12 for snow)
Location: Third Branch Wines, Main Street, Bethel, VT
Requirements: Age 21 and over. Small fee for tasting wines.

For a long time in the U.S. wine has been regarded as a luxury good while in many other parts of the world it is a food for the daily table. We’ll explore sources and strategies for exploring wine in a way that is affordable. Course material is free but there is a small materials fee for those wanting to taste wines related to the curriculum. Details pending.

Instructor Bio:
Todd Trzaskos has been a long time wine appreciator and maintains a website, Vermont Wine Media, that shares information about wine consumption in Vermont and the region. David Sambor owns the Bethel Village Sandwich Shop and Third Branch Wines.

(This course is now full. If you sign up now you will be added to the waiting list.)

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Basic Machine Quilt Making

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Instructor: Mary Floyd
Date: Wednesdays, March 5 & 12, 6:30-8:30 PM (2 sessions)
Location: Bethel Public Library, Bethel, VT
Requirements: Students should have portable sewing machine, fabric of their choice, rotary cutter and mat, small scissors and pins.


Learn a few quilting basics which will carry you through most piecing projects.

Instructor Bio:
Mary Floyd has been quilting and studying quilt history for a long time.

Oriental Herbs for Winter and Springtime Health

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Instructor: Kirk White, Acupuncture Clinic of Bethel
Date: Friday, March 14, 6:30-8:30 PM (1 session)
Location: Bethel Town Hall (Conference Room), Bethel, VT


Learn how to stay healthy as we transition from winter to spring using the principles of Chinese medicine. We’ll explore herbal teas, spring tonics, cleansing diets, and acupressure for beating the late winter cold, flu and blues season and preparing for summertime fun.

Instructor Bio:
Kirk White has been a Licensed Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist for 20 years.

Real Science Using “Fake” Data

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Instructor: Tim Brennan, Woodstock Union High School
Date: Mondays, March 6, 13, 20 & 27, 6:00-7:15 PM (4 sessions)
Location: Whitcomb High School (Computer Lab) Bethel, VT
Requirements: Comfort navigating the Internet. Children of any age are welcome as long as they are self-motivated.


“Fake” data?  Not really, but perhaps “”virtual”” is a better description.  In this course, we’ll explore the ability to do real science using websites that feature virtual labs.  We’ll use these simulations to uncover fundamental ideas about nature and to explore just how faithful one can be to the scientific process via virtual reality.

Instructor Bio:
Tim Brennan is a 20-year veteran of high school science instruction with a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and deep interest in the teaching & learning of science. He was chosen, several years ago, by the Vermont Association of Scientists and Engineers (VASE) as the Vermont High School Science Teacher of the Year and was the 2003 Runner-up for the Vermont Teacher of the Year, sponsored by the Vermont Department of Education.

Cooking from Scratch: From Pasture to Plate

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earthwise_finalInstructor: Carl Russell, Earthwise Farm and Forest
Date: Saturday, March 15, 6-8 PM (1 session)
Location: Bethel Town Office (Meeting Room)
Requirements: Come prepared for exposure to graphic images and discussion


Inspired by the first line from a traditional Cree Indian cookbook recipe for Rabbit Stew, “First kill a rabbit”, Carl will tap into nearly three decades of first-hand experience to introduce attendees to the basics of raising and slaughtering poultry, beef, pigs, and sheep/goats. This 2 hour class will cover technical aspects of husbandry and processing, review of legal and regulatory issues, and delve into emotional and moral convictions related to taking life to sustain life. Attendees should come prepared for exposure to graphic images and discussion, technical description of difficult procedures, and the opportunity to share personal experiences, recipes, and philosophy.

Instructor Bio:
Carl Russell and his wife Lisa McCrory own and operate Earthwise Farm and Forest in Bethel, Vermont. They raise grass-fed livestock for meat, eggs, dairy, and grow and store most of the food that they eat year round including the raising and slaughtering (on farm) of all their meat-producing animals. Everything on their farm is raised using a process of intention and intuition to validate the unseen energy of Life’s creative process.

The Secrets of College Financial Aid

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Instructor: Kim Prestridge
Date: Tuesday, March 11, 6:30-7:30 PM (1 session)
Location: Whitcomb High School (Room TBA)
Requirements: None


Learn how to navigate the world of college financial aid. A great course for parents, but students in Grades 9-12 will also be interested.

Instructor Bio:
Kim Prestridge has worked in the financial aid field in higher education for over ten years.

Plant Natives for Bees, Birds and Butterflies

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Instructor: Liz Krieg, Liz Krieg Company
Date: Tuesday, March 25, 7-8 PM (1 session)
Location: Town Hall, Bethel, Vermont
Requirements: None

This colorful presentation will show how easy it is to select and plant lovely native plants that are most attractive to our nectar and seed feeding winged beauties.

Instructor Bio:
Liz Krieg is a landscapes designer and well-known lecturer. She is a Vermont Certified Horticulturist, a NOFA Accredited Land Care Professional, and an Adjunct instructor for New England Wildflower Society.


Introduction to Vermicomposting

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earthwise_finalInstructor: Lisa McCrory, Earthwise Farm and Forest
Date: Saturday, March 22, 2-4 PM (1 session)
Location: Earthwise Farm and Forest, 341 Macintosh Hill Road, Bethel, VT
Requirements: Kids under 12 should be supervised by an adult (both must register)

Learn how easy it is to compost your food scraps with the assistance of red wiggler worms! Get acquainted to some of the compost system designs, and find out what you can do with your worm manure.

Participants will:

  • Understand the life cycle and needs of composting worms.
  • See a few different worm compost systems.
  • Learn how to feed their worms – find out what they like and don’t like to eat.
  • Learn how to use the worm manure as fertilizer – both as a solid and a liquid.
  • Learn how to care for your worms year ’round.

Instructor Bio:
Lisa McCrory is co-Owner of Earthwise Farm and Forest, a certified organic diversified farm in Bethel, VT where they market  organic meat, vegetables, herbs, flowers and raw milk from their farm and offer a number of educational workshops throughout the year. For the past 6 years, Lisa has been using Red Wiggler worms in a vermicomposting system for the purpose of creating nutrient-rich compost for their vegetable and flower gardens.