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.


Raw Milk Passes Senate Ag Cmte

Supporters at one of the recent hearings on the new raw milk bill.

Supporters pack the committee room at one of the recent hearings on the new raw milk bill.

The Senate Ag Committee passed H.484 (the Agricultural Housekeeping Bill) on 4/30 with the amendments to the current raw milk law. Visit this page for the complete update. Thank you to all of the farmers and customers who have testified before the both the House and Senate Ag Committees on this issue. Also, thank you to those of you who have attended the hearings to show support and to the many activists who have called and left messages for members of the committee during the hearings over the past few weeks.