Souhegan Transition Network focuses on community health

The Souhegan Transition Network has scheduled a weekend of intensive training to help organize the local community around sustainability projects and community resiliency efforts.

STN is seeking ways to help develop local agriculture so that consumers can buy food that is grown in a healthy way.

“We’d like to create more local agriculture for several reasons,” said Michael Conley, an STN spokesman. “First of all, we’d like to see more of the money that we spend on food stay in the community.

“Second, we believe that New Hampshire should be less dependent on food coming from out of state, especially from places like California or Mexico. All of the miles that food travels adds to the carbon footprint. Plus, we become dependent on the trucks that bring the food to us.

“Finally, we believe that building local industries is a good way to keep jobs in the area.”

Conley described STN as “an organization dedicated to the principles of sustainability, resiliency and long-term community health.”

“We believe that there is economic opportunity for all if we learn to live in a sustainable fashion,” he said. “We support local community suppers, a local film series, a community garden, solar installations and alternative energy options, home weatherization, support of local businesses – in addition to farms – a tool library and a time bank, where people can exchange time and expertise on various projects.”

The kickoff event will be at Hampshire Hills Sports & Fitness Club at 7 p.m. Friday, March 28. The rest of the training will take place at the High Mowing School in Wilton on Saturday and Sunday, March 29-30. The cost of the training is $75. Financial aid is available.

To register, visit For more information, email Conley at michael@michael