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Open Barn Victory Party!

Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate recent changes to the raw milk law at the Rogers Farmstead in Berlin! It was a a beautiful evening spent filling bellies with raw milk & cookies and bread & butter, listening to wonderful musicians and farmer storytellers, taking pasture walks, having lots of great conversations and meeting new friends! Thanks for celebrating with us, and thanks again to Vermont Compost Company for sponsoring the event!


Grassroots Advocacy Won the Day

Board Member Doug Flack presents at the Small Farm Day Press Conference. Photo by Rob Spring

Board Member Doug Flack presents at the Small Farm Day Press Conference. Photo by Rob Spring

Creating change through the legislative process is a large (and hard) part of Rural Vermont’s work in the winter months. This year, in a session dominated by doom and gloom on many issues, Rural Vermont was able to demonstrate the positive power of grassroots organizing and achieve some meaningful progress for farmers and “eaters.”

With the invaluable help of farmer advocates and citizen activists, we succeeded in getting several long sought after improvements for raw milk producers and their customers that will go into effect this spring. We also brought the voices of small farmers into the lengthy and contentious debate over how to improve water quality in our state; we began a conversation about improving Vermont’s on-farm poultry processing law and secured a commitment to prioritize this bill next year. Read the full legislative recap here.

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Raw Milk Victory!

Rep John Bartholomew reports to the House on the raw milk provisions in the H.484. Photo by Rep Teo Zagar.

Rep John Bartholomew reports to the House on the raw milk provisions in the H.484. Photo by Rep Teo Zagar.

5/15/15: Late today the Senate passed H.484, the Ag Housekeeping Bill! This means that meaningful and significant raw milk improvements are on the way!

THANK YOU to everyone who made a call to their legislator, showed up at the Statehouse, sent a note of thanks, talked to a neighbor … this is YOUR victory!

Visit this page for more information on the raw milk provisions in H.484.


“Farmers Tell Their Stories” Success!

Thanks to everyone who joined us for or participated in our “Farmers Tell Their Stories” kickoff event. Over a hundred people joined us for an evening of celebration. We hope you were both inspired and riled by the stories, song, poetry and skits!

Thanks to Ben Deflorio Photography for all the great photos. Stay tuned for more! Couldn’t make the event? Watch the live stream recording here.