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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.

 


Grow Our Grassroots

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Thanks to you, we met our goal of reaching 900 members by the end of June. This is a key milestone along the way to our crucial 30th Anniversary Goal of becoming 1000 members strong.

You can help us keep going!

Thanks to Ryan Hayes of The Farm of Milk and Honey for our “grow our grassroots” graphic!

 


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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