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Archive for March, 2011

April screenings and discussions of Bloom are underway!

The Rutland Natural Resources Conservation District will host an event on Friday, April 1st at 6:30 p.m. at the Mill River Union High School Auditorium in Rutland. The evening will begin with a screening of the 30 minute film, followed by a presentation by Eric Smeltzer, Environmental Scientist with the Agency of Natural Resources, Water Quality Division regarding the science history of the lake. An open discussion will follow about phosphorus pollution in the Lake Champlain Basin with a panel of guests from: The Agency of Natural Resources, VT Agency of Agriculture Food & Markets, Natural Resources Conservation Service, a local farmer and others.

For more information, link to the Vermont Association of Conservation Districts.

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A new student-run conservation and advocacy group at the University of Vermont (UVM) called H2Know has started, and they are screening Bloom as part of their kick-off event. The group is an affiliate of Lake Champlain International, Inc., a nonprofit organization working toward a swimmable, drinkable, fishable Lake Champlain. The student group’s mission is “to contribute input to existing solutions and develop new ideas for the conservation and stewardship of Lake Champlain and the community and economy that rely on its well-being.”

The organizational meeting plus screening and discussion of Bloom is on Tuesday, March 29th starting at 7:00 pm in the Multi-Purpose Room of University Heights North on the University of Vermont Campus.  For more information, see the group’s website here.

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“What might drive one to bring a controversial film to an institution that promotes stewardship for Lake Champlain?”

This is the opening line in a March 20th article in the Burlington Free Press by Linda Bowden, the lifelong learning coordinator and educator for the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center in Burlington, Vermont.  ECHO hosted a screening and discussion of Bloom the next day. To find out Linda’s answer to this question, link to the full article here.

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In this clip from Bloom, farmer and “soil builder” Abe Collins describes the role that regenerative grazing and agricultural management can have in maintaining water quality in Lake Champlain, and market strategies to cost-effectively and lastingly achieve water quality and other benefits through soil formation.

The documentary Bloom is part of a growing movement to envision a lasting future for agriculture in Vermont … a future that can simultaneously regenerate the Vermont agricultural economy and restore Lake Champlain.

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The next screening of Bloom will be on March 21st at the ECHO Lake Aquarium & Science Center in Burlington, Vermont. Join us for hors d’oeuvres & cash bar at 6:30 p.m., stewardship stories at 6.45 p.m, BLOOM movie screening at 7:00 p.m. followed by dialogue and solutions based break-out group discussions.  For more details, see the ECHO events calendar.

Bloom will then be screened at the Green Mountain Film Festival in Montpelier, Vermont at 6:15 p.m. on March 24th in the Pavilion Auditorium, followed by a panel discussion.  For more details, see the festival schedule. The producer and director of Bloom, Vic Guadagno, will be on hand at both events following a busy month of filming interviews for the next 3 parts of the Bloom series.

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