We’re seeking INTERNS for Winter 2016! All the details and how to apply here.

Thank you, Rural Vermont Community!

What a night we had at our 30th Anniversary Finale Celebration! Thank you to all of the storytellers, musicians, attendees, and volunteers who made it a night to remember. All photos by Lida Lutton, lots more coming soon!

12/10 Stand Up & Speak Out: Practical Skills for Effective Citizen Activism Workshop

RVT_Rooster_BWBrattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main Street
Free! Please RSVP
*Please note that this workshop is a reschedule of an October event*

Using personal stories, fun interactive activities, and the opportunity to meet other aspiring activists, this workshop will give you inspiration, confidence and practical skills to speak up for causes you care about and create the change you seek.

“Extremely eye opening and incredibly valuable. I feel like I’ve gained a foundation of knowledge that will help me grow as an activist.” – Poultney Participant

Lots more details and RSVP here.

Welcome, Andrew!

Andrew BahrenburgAndrew Bahrenburg joins Rural Vermont’s team as our new Community Organizer/Advocate!

Andrew brings to Rural Vermont a background in both farming and public policy. After earning a bachelor’s degree in political science from Macalester College, he spent years in federal politics, first as a campaign organizer, and then as a legislative aide in the U.S. House of Representatives.

In 2013, seeking to turn his passion for food and farming into a career, Andrew returned to his native Vermont to earn a Certificate in Sustainable Farming from UVM and work on a number of small farms. Most recently, he has served as an instructor in UVM’s Farmer Training Program, and helped to co-found the Vermont chapter of the National Young Farmers Coalition.

When he’s not growing food or talking to people about growing food, Andrew enjoys traveling, hiking, fishing, and the company of his dog, Lucille Bahrenburg. Say hello to Andrew and meet him in person at an upcoming Rural Vermont event!

August’s Open Barn Parties

Rural Vermont partnered with the Larson Farm and Family Cow Farmstand for two Open Barn Parties this month. Thanks to everyone who joined us!

On August 5th, in collaboration with Open Farm Week, an enthusiastic crowd of locals gathered at the Larson Farm in Wells for some old timey string music, stories from farmers and customers about “what’s eating them and what’s feeding them”, homemade cookies & raw milk, and a tour around the beautiful Larson Farm.

Just last week, on August 19th, Rural Vermont and Family Cow Farmstand in Hinesburg hosted another Open Barn Party with live bluegrass by Two Cents in the Till, farmer Kalyn Campbell’s delicious cheese with bread from Bread & Butter Farm, and Kalyn’s story about how gratifying it is to participate in the legislative process – especially when this participation results in meaningful change!

See more photos of both events in our Facebook albums. Courtesy of Lida Lutton.