500 Vermonters pose for a portrait during the Moving Planet rally. Montpelier, VT.
Approximately 500 Vermonters pose for a portrait on the State House lawn in Montpelier, Vermont during the 350.org Moving Planet rally. During course of the day, an estimated 1000 citizens gathered in the interest of transitioning the world beyond fossil fuels to a clean energy future. The Montpelier event was one of over 2000 such gatherings that took place in approximately 175 countries on September 24th, 2011.
A Farmer's Wedding in Barnard, Vermont.
A lively end to the day's celebrations was spent around the campfire under the light of a full moon. Earlier in the evening, a full course reception was held with local fare and spirits. Photo Credit: Seth Butler / http://sethbutler.com
Peter King of Vermont Tiny Houses on Earth Day
On the perimeter of his personal one-eighth acre garden and Tiny House, Peter King of Bakersfield, VT, carries his unicycle and juggling implements before an inaugural evening ride around his current Vermont Tiny Houses project in honor of Earth Day, 2009. A former busker who currently lives off-the-grid on less than $14,000 USD income per year, Peter King is now thriving as a teacher, gardener, carpenter and homesteader while building houses 10 ft. by 10 ft. by 10 ft. [sometimes taller] and managing to work an average of three days in a given week. King is very excited about Buckmister "Bucky" Fuller, sustainable community and de-industrialization. He is now planning one of many future micro-socioeconomic experiments where community farmers work together to encourage people in living a more simplified life, teaching the ideas surrounding building small self-sufficient but scalable, reduced-carbon-footprint communities of Vermont Tiny Houses and Gardens which have recently become quite appealing, especially given that people are looking to cut back in the midst of the current economic downturn facing all the United States of America. In a recent Burlington Free Press article, King was quoted as saying "You can live a fantastic life in one of these things [Vermont Tiny Houses] if you're clever... You never feel claustrophobic or trapped because you're always two steps from the door."
(Photo Credit: Seth Butler / http://www.sethbutler.com for the 50 States Project)
Community Supported Agriculture Farmers. Barnard, Vermont.
Jon and Christopher Piana pose for portrait in their greenhouse at Fable Farm in Barnard, VT. Fable Farm is a community supported agriculture (CSA) project started in 2008 on the site of the first homestead in the town on land leased from Joe Ladoucer, an organic beef farmer and the owner of the Bowman Road Farm. At a 2008 legislative hearing on the future of agriculture at the Vermont State House, Jon Piana stated “The average farmer in this state is 56 years old. Clearly, we need more young farmers to sustain us now and into the future. This means that some how we must make farming more profitable, and land more affordable and accessible. Young folks should be encouraged to take up the trade and art of farming, not discouraged. During this period of economic meltdown and job loss, there is lots of work to be done on farms. It is critical that we, as a state, begin taking charge in the local production of food, energy, and other raw materials that are used day to day.” Historically, Vermont has been a primarily agrarian economy but with the current economic crisis, many farms are now folding under the added financial pressure of this economic downturn. The CSA model presents a very plausible solution for supporting farms and helping to stabilize the diverse local economies of Vermont. (Photo: Seth Butler for the 50 States Project)
Meridian & Justin walk among the U-Pick Gardens at Fable Farm. Barnard, VT.
Fable Farm, a certified organic Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project located in Barnard, Vermont offers a diversified vegetable, herb and flower CSA farm to it's share-holder members. This will mark Fable Farm's fourth year in operation, having recently grown to an 80 plus member CSA . Weekly CSA membership features include a vegetable share pick-up with live music, bi-weekly rotation between pizza nights and community potlucks and a community U-Pick Garden for all to members to harvest. Through their CSA project, Fable Farm has created a weekly ground-swell of cultural activity and positive interaction for all ages in the rural community of Barnard.
Beekeepers harvesting honeycomb near Fair Haven, Vermont.
Tristan Winpenny (left) of Pawlet, VT uses a bee smoker to calm a hive of honey bees while he works with the bee keepers of Old Mill Apiaries to harvest honeycomb which will later be extracted into raw honey. These particular hives are destined to be shipped to Georgia in the Fall, then across country to California for the Winter season, before they will make a return voyage by tractor-trailer truck to Vermont in Spring. The bee hives will be rented out to farms in California’s Central Valley where local apiaries (bee colonies) continue to suffer from a dramatic and yet unexplained die-off in bee populations known as Colony Collapse Disorder. The Honey Bee is the official Vermont State Insect and is not only responsible for producing thousands of gallons of honey each year but is also a vital source of pollination to most flowering plants and agricultural crops. (Photo: Seth Butler for the 50 States Project)
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Vermont Photographer Seth Butler is an award-winning freelance photographer working in the traditions of Documentary, Photojournalism and Fine Art Photography. Seth specializes in portraiture, photo-essay coverage and long-form documentary narrative for commercial, editorial, corporate, event and travel clients from as close as Vermont and New Hampshire to far reaches of New England and locations across the globe.
Seth Butler was recently chosen to represent Vermont as Vermont's Photographer in the critically acclaimed 50 States Project. Seth's recent work from Tibet will be seen in the 2011 Angkor Photography Festival.
In 2001, Seth began a project entitled, "Tattered: Investigation of an American Icon" to study of the many uses and implications of the American Flag. Heralded by Harvard Anthropologist Grant McCracken, Tattered has been featured in galleries, collections and publications including BlueEyes Magazine and Der Spiegel online.
Before becoming a founding member of Momenta Workshops, Seth developed and produced photography workshops and was a lead photography instructor on over 25 workshops for National Geographic and Magnum photographers including locations in Manhattan, Tibet, India and Myanmar. He is a a licensed Wilderness First Responder and has over three years of international workshop development training. Seth has trained approximately 300 students in his career, many of whom have gone onto professional careers as photographers.
He has worked as a photo editor and art director in the industries of publishing and advertising and his personal work is privately collected around the globe. Seth's work has been published in numerous periodicals including Snowboard Magazine, AOL Pixcetera, Vision Magazine, Trespass Magazine, The Journal of Contemporary Culture and Transworld Snowboarding Magazine, as well as newspapers including The Valley News, The Vermont Standard and The Randolph Herald.
Seth lives in Barnard, Vermont where he is currently working on a long term documentary multimedia project on sustainable living, studying farmers, architects and educators making a positive impact on environment and community. When not leading photography workshops for Momenta or traveling on assignment, he is ever devoted to perfecting his mountain biking and snowboarding skills in the hills of Vermont.
See Seth's portfolio at http://sethbutler.com.