Join Us for Small Farm Action Days!
Wednesday, February 24th, Wednesday, March 30th, and Tuesday, April 26th at the Vermont Statehouse. More details here. Please RSVP and get a free t-shirt with Rural Vermont’s new logo!
Special focus for the February Small Farm Action Day
Water Quality: Let’s Get it Right
Hard to get away for a day? We are excited to announce that stipends will be available to farmers who want to participate and could use help covering the costs associated with being away from the farm and from home (transportation, relief farm help, childcare). More info and how to apply here. Thank you to the Vermont Community Foundation’s Small & Inspiring grant for making these stipends possible!
The pace at the State House has noticeably quickened as the first month of the legislative session has zipped by. As you will see in the updates below some issues are being actively considered and some are still waiting in the wings for attention. If the issues outlined below affect your farm or your table, contact Andrew and tell us how!
You can read our first legislative update here.
Please click the issue heading to read the latest update, or read the full preview here.
Farm Fresh Meat
Farm Fresh Poultry
WE NEED YOU!
As always, we won’t be able to do any of it without your help – speaking up, and speaking out. If you are a farmer whose livelihood is affected by these issues, or an eater whose dinner table is, now is the time to get involved. Please contact Andrew to find out how you can support the issues you care most about.
RURAL VERMONT RECEIVES FUNDING TO SUPPORT CIVIC ENGAGEMENT BY SMALL-SCALE FARMERS
December 17, 2015
“Small & Inspiring Grant” through the Vermont Community Foundation will directly help small-scale farmers participate in critical public policy discussions affecting them
Montpelier – Rural Vermont has received a $2500 “Small & Inspiring Grant” through the Vermont Community Foundation to support part of a project titled “Empowering Civic Engagement with Vermont’s Small-Scale Family Farmers.” The grant, which was made possible through the generosity of the Neibling Family Fund, will provide stipends to family famers for childcare, temporary farm help, and transportation. These stipends will help make it possible for farmers to take time away from their farms and travel to Montpelier to participate in Vermont’s legislative process. Giving farmers more opportunity to inform and educate legislators and other policy makers about the unique challenges small farms face meeting their communities’ growing demand for high-quality, local food, while serving as good stewards of our land is vital to supporting Vermont’s working landscape.
Many farm families would like to participate more in the public policy decisions that affect their daily lives, but because they are often the only workers on the farm and given the 24/7 nature of small-scale farming, it is often extremely difficult and costly for them to spend even a single day at the State House..
Rural Vermont will be organizing a series of three “Small Farm Advocacy Days” at the State House during February, March, and April of the 2016 legislative session. These events will provide for farmers an introduction to Vermont’s legislative process, a briefing on current legislative issues that have impacts on small-scale farms, and the opportunity to meet in person with the farmers’ own representatives, as well as with legislators who serve on key committees and other policy makers and regulators working on agricultural issues.
Vermont’s estimated 6500 small-scale farms have been in the spotlight both for their growing role in our celebrated local food economy but also for their role in helping to protect and improve water quality and other resources such as healthy soil that are crucial to maintaining our working landscapes.
In early January, Rural Vermont will provide details on how interested farmers may apply for stipends to facilitate their civic participation. For more information contact Rural Vermont at 802-223-7222 or email@example.com.