Film & Discussion Series

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The Woodstock Land Conservancy, Woodstock NY Transition,
Woodstock Jewish Congregation

Building Local Resilience
In Response To Global Challenges 

9th Annual Film & Discussion Series

Now a fully virtual format!

Inspired by the unprecedented challenges our global community faced in 2020. The 9th Annual Film & Discussion Series focuses its four monthly programs on local resilience in response to some of these challenges. We will highlight local initiatives that aim to build community resilience in the face of urban food insecurity, housing insecurity, and unhealthy large and small scale agricultural practices. We will look at the creativity of our Hudson Valley communities to create solution-oriented initiatives. The 9th Annual Film & Discussion Series offers a chance to learn how these amazing local programs are making positive changes as well as ways we can make simple changes in our own lives for maximum impact. 

Presented the last Monday of the month from January through April, the Film & Discussion Series is free and open to all ages. Donations are welcome and help to support these programs. 

2021 Calendar

All Programs 7:00pm - 8:30pm 

January 25th

Future Fruits Project: Short Videos & Discussion
The event introduces to the community the perennial agriculture/food forest concept about growing freely available food in public spaces such as streets and parks through videos and discussion of existing examples. Future Fruits Project is starting initiatives in New Paltz (Village Hall) and Kingston and would like to generate interest in other public places as well as in residential locations. The ability to generate nutritious food in our gardens offers numerous ecological benefits for humans, wildlife, microbiome, water, and more. 

Watch the recorded program here

February 22nd

Creating Community Solutions to Our Housing Challenges and Why What We Do Matters: Presentations & Discussion
Presented by Woodstock Housing Committee and Ulster County’s Housing Task Team, this program highlights 2021 initiatives aimed to address the housing crisis in Woodstock and all other Ulster County communities. With presentations by Evelyn Wright, Deputy County Executive, Susan Goldman, Co-Chair Woodstock Housing Committee, Founder of Family of Woodstock and Upstate Films, Kirk Ritchey, Co-Chair Woodstock Housing Committee, former Chair of Woodstock 2018 Comprehensive Plan.

Watch the recorded program here


March 29th

The Hudson Valley Farm Hub: Farmscape Ecology & Discussion
The Hudson Valley’s rich heritage of agriculture and biodiversity is threatened by climate change, development, and the loss of farms. Learn about the 1500-acre Farm Hub in Hurley, our new regional powerhouse for agricultural research and training of the next generation of farmers. Hear from scientists who are studying farming practices that have the potential to sustain the entire ecosystem along with our farms. Learn about how you can contribute to the goal of building a resilient food system for our community.

Watch the recorded program here


April 26th

Regenerative Agriculture for Human & Planetary Health: Farmer’s Footprint & Discussion
No-till farming, which uses crop and cover crop rotation rather than pesticides, removes CO2 from the air and sequesters carbon in the soil, producing nutritious food. Learn how you too can employ these ancient regenerative practices, even in your backyard garden. Learn about how you can contribute to the goal of building a resilient food system for our community. 

Register for this event here


About the organizers:
Woodstock Land Conservancy is a non-profit organization committed to the protection and preservation of the open lands, forests, water resources, scenic areas, and historic sites in Woodstock and the surrounding area. 

Woodstock Transition is part of the global Transition Town movement of communities working to re-imagine and rebuild our world in response to the challenges of our time. Woodstock Transition has 7 active working groups who engage locally to strengthen our community’s resilience and create positive alternatives.

The Woodstock Jewish Congregation is dedicated to the advancement of Jewish ethics religion and culture, including the Bible's commandment that humans be guardians of the earth.  The WJC strives to become a model of environmental stewardship for its congregation and the larger community.