winwinner Wednesday: Bread and Butter Farm

In August, 2009, Adam Wilson and Corie Pierce put together a proposal that was approved by the Vermont Land Trust. They were chosen to take over the 143-acre Leduc Farm in Shelburne, VT. Adam and Corie named their venture Bread & Butter Farm, producing fresh milk and meats, vegetables, and traditional breads. This month they are opening a farm store so customers can buy food at the farm and see exactly where it comes from.

The idea: To create a community farm that produces delicious, nutritious food, takes care of its animals, plants and people, and preserves a beautiful piece of land.

Who does what: Adam manages the small dairy; the cows are 100% grass-fed and the farm sells the cows’ delicious milk raw. He also runs the wood-fired oven bakery, where he bakes traditional German sourdough breads. All the flour is organic, local, and milled the day before baking.

Meanwhile, Corie heads up specialty greens production: spicy and mild Brassica-based salad mixes, spinach, lettuces, kale, chard, Asian greens and more, grown year-round in unheated greenhouse structures heated only by the sun. Additionally, Corie runs the educational programs for kids and adults at the farm.

A video about B&B Farm.

The initiative: Adam and Corie were selected by the Vermont Land Trust as part of their Farmland Access Program. This conservation program helps diversified, experienced farmers gain access to productive, affordable farmland. Bread & Butter Farm’s varied, synergistic operations are well matched for the farm’s soils, infrastructure, and location.

A conservation easement was placed on the land as part of the program, which helps landowners and conservation groups voluntarily limit development on productive farmland and forestland. Landowners still own (and can sell) the land, but the easement remains on the property permanently.

The winwin: Adam and Corie get to do what they love. Locals not only get farm fresh food, they also get to visit the farm and see the operation firsthand. And this beautiful Vermont land gets permanent protection, ensuring the farm will always be producing fresh, delicious food.

More info: On May 21 and 22, Bread & Butter will be launching their farm store. You can check out their winwin webstack, official website, or Facebook page for more information.

Adam Wilson (w/calf), Chris Dorman & Corie Pierce w/their son Henry

winwinner Wednesday: Office Squared

Late last year, our friend Jen Mincar founded Office Squared (“02” for short), a coworking space in Burlington, VT for  freelancers and telecommuters seeking a collaborative workspace.

Not only has 02 been a great space for people to work (we’ve spent most of our time at 02 during the development and lanch of winwinapps), but Jen has also hosted a number of successful business events there.

On May 4, for instance, Office Squared will be hosting an on online display advertising workshop.

winwin apps' setup at 02.

Conducted by digital marketing expert Greg Stobb, this session will teach attendees how to cost-effectively target prospects on the web through proper strategy and effective measurement. Partial proceeds from the event will benefit Save Our Strays of Vermont.

Office Squared is using winwin apps to register attendees for the event (tickets are $15 and can be purchased on 02’s winwin webstack).

Also, the winwin apps team has partnered up with Lara Dickson of Deep Dish Creative to help 02 out even further on upcoming stuff, so stay tuned for more…

In the meantime, you can visit the Office Squared website, check out their Facebook page, follow them on Twitter, and see event photos on Flickr.

winwinner Wednesday: The King Street Center

The King Street Center is a nonprofit community organization in Burlington, VT that provides children and families with programs that build academic skills, physical fitness, and other skills necessary for a healthy and productive future.

The idea: To provide support for children and their families through educational and recreational programs. The center engages with families and the community to promote personal and social wellness. Their programs provide fun and enriching activities year round for children, teens and adults.

How it started: In 1971, a few dedicated parents and a group of volunteers from the University of Vermont started the program out of a van parked next to a laundromat and a budget of only $90. Much has changed since then, but the area remains a working class neighborhood with a high concentration of subsidized housing units and immigrant and refugee families. Today, the King Street Center serves over 500 children and families each year, offering an accredited preschool; after-school programs for K-5, middle and high school students; evening drop-in programs for teens; mentoring programs, and English language instruction (in partnership with Vermont Adult Learning).

The winwin: Children and teens receive the kind of academic and recreational programs they need to develop into healthy adults. Families are supported and actively engaged in the community. And volunteers get to have fun with kids and feel good about making a difference in the community.

How they used winwin apps: This year’s Burlington Clothes Exchange (which we wrote about in an earlier post) is benefitting the King Street Center. But the center itself is also holding a raffle as part of the event and offering some great prizes including a $500 yoga package and a one-year family gym membership. (Go pick up a few tickets now!) The Clothes Exchange and the King Street Center are both using winwin apps to manage this great initiative to raise funds for the center so they can continue doing their great work.

More info: To learn more about the King Street Center or to get involved, visit their website at kingstreetcenter.org. Also check out their blog and  become a fan on Facebook.


About “winwinner” Wednesday: Each week we profile one of the nonprofits using winwin apps to make the world a better place. If you’d like to be featured on our blog, drop us a line!

winwinner Wednesday: RU12? Community Center

The RU12? Community Center in Burlington, VT is a powerful force for equal rights in the green mountain state. Its mission is “to celebrate, educate and advocate with and for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) Vermonters.”

The idea: Create a place where LGBTQ Vermonters could meet, learn, and organize for greater equality. RU12? has a drop-in resource center, a free community space with a lending library and a cyber center. Its staff members and volunteers train people about LGBTQ cultural competency, Elder issues, violence prevention, health issues, and more. RU12? also provides important programs such as the SafeSpace Anti-Violence Program and peer-led support groups to help with coming out and transgender issues. And RU12? advocates on behalf of the LGBT community in the media and the legislature as well.

How it started: RU12? was founded in 1999 by two students at the University of Vermont who believed that Vermont needed a multi-generational, substance-free, queer space open to people of all ages, races and genders. The organization moved from its first location on the Lake Champlain waterfront to their historic building on Elmwood Street in 2003. RU12? continued to grow, and in 2006, SafeSpace merged with RU12?, as did Equality Vermont. RU12? is now the largest LGBTQ organization in Vermont, and works closely with many organizations including Outright Vermont, the Vermont Freedom to Marry Task Force, and the Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.

The winwin: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Vermonters have a place to go to learn about LGBTQ issues, celebrate their identity, receive help and support, and form a community to affect change. For the rest of the state, RU12? (and its partner organizations) shine a light on LGBTQ issues to encourage a shift toward greater tolerance and equality for all Vermonters.

How they used winwin apps: This year on May 22nd, RU12? will host its 11th Annual Queer Community Dinner & Auction. With comedian Ian Harvie performing and items up for bid from JazzFest tickets to birdhouses, the event promises to be a fun night for a worthy cause. RU12? is using winwin apps to register attendees and manage the auction.

More info: For more information on RU12 and its offerings or to volunteer, visit www.RU12.org.

About “winwinner” Wednesday: Each week we profile one of the nonprofits using winwin apps to make the world a better place. If you’d like to be featured on our blog, drop us a line!

winwinner Wednesday: CarShare Vermont

CarShare Vermont is cool nonprofit on a mission to provide Vermonters with an affordable, convenient, and reliable alternative to owning a car.

The idea: If more Vermonters skipped owning and driving cars in favor of using shared vehicles just when they needed wheels, we’d reduce greenhouse gases, save money, and create a stronger community.

How it started: In 2002, a group of Burlington residents caught wind of “car-sharing,” an innovation that was growing in cities across the country. The group reached out to the San Francisco Bay Area’s nonprofit City CarShare, where by chance, Vermont native Annie Bourdon answered the phone. Annie collaborated with the group over several years, and when she finally moved back to Burlington, she helmed a grassroots effort to get the initiative off the ground. By 2008 many volunteers (individuals and businesses) were involved, and the service launched in December 2008 as CarShare Vermont.

The winwin: Area residents use one of 5 Priuses and 4 Imprezas parked throughout Burlington, VT to get around town, do errands, etc. Residents don’t have to bother with the expense and hassle of owning, maintaining or parking a vehicle the city has less traffic congestion, and the air has fewer greenhouse gases. Now that’s a winwin!

How they used winwin apps: CarShare Vermont’s 1 year anniversary event, “Share the Love,” was a fundraiser at the Main Street Landing in Burlington, VT. CarShare was a tester of winwin apps’ early software, using it to promote the event, register attendees, and manage their fundraising auction.

More info: CarShare offers memberships for individuals, families, and businesses with rates starting as low as $4.95 an hour and $0.25 per mile, including gas and insurance. Users can reserve by the hour or day and only pay for what they need. For more info, visit www.carsharevt.org.

About “winwinner” Wednesday: Each week we profile one of the nonprofits using winwin apps to make the world a better place. If you’d like to be featured on our blog, drop us a line!

winwinner Wednesday: The Clothes Exchange

A fundraiser that doesn’t feel like one, The Clothes Exchange raises money for women’s charities with its annual shopping extravaganza.

The idea: Get women and area retail stores and manufacturers to donate desirable clothing and accessories, then sell them for a great price. A fun evening of shopping with friends, The Clothes Exchange has become one of Burlington, Vermont’s most anticipated annual events. Last year’s event attracted over 500 women and raised $55,000+ to benefit Vermont Works for Women. This year’s event will take place at a new, bigger venue – the DoubleTree Hotel – and will benefit King Street Center of Burlington.

How it started: Founded by Leslie Halperin, the event had modest beginnings, starting as a simple clothing swap with 20 friends in her living room. But as she realized how much people enjoyed it, it became clear the concept could be bigger, and raise money for women’s causes.

The winwin: Women keep their clothes out of the landfill, find great affordable stuff to wear, and enjoy a fun event. Nonprofits that improve the lives of women get a boost to their bank accounts. ($150,000 has been raised since the event’s inception in 2001.) Now that’s a winwin.

How they used winwin apps: The Clothes Exchange was one of only a few beta testers who got access to the very first version of winwin apps. They used it to promote their event, register attendees, run checkout, and manage their silent auction – and they gave us good feedback on how to make the tool better.

More info: To learn more about The Clothes Exchange, visit www.theclothesexchange.org. You can also check out the video below to see the 2008 event, which benefitted the Hicks Foundation. (You’ll even see winwin apps founder Anna Palmer in the video, who volunteered at the event.)

About “winwinner” Wednesday: Each week we profile one of the nonprofits using winwin apps to make the world a better place. If you’d like to be featured on our blog, drop us a line!