Have Your Voice Heard on “Small Farm” Day!

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Thursday, May 7th
10am-2pm

Statehouse, Montpelier

Rural Vermont and the Vermont Young Farmers’ Coalition partner to host “Small Farm Day” at the Vermont statehouse. There’s been a lot of talk this legislative session about the”small farmer.” Let’s put a face on the “small farmer” and the future of Vermont agriculture! Come share stories and have your voice heard about the unique issues effecting Vermont’s growing population of small farmers. Rural Vermont offers an issue briefing, advocacy training, and will help you arrange meetings with your legislators. Join us at the Three Penny Taproom for drinks afterward.

Lots more information here. See you at the People’s House!


“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.


Meet Susan & Ryan Hayes

Susan & Ryan Hayes. Photo credit: 7 Days

Susan & Ryan Hayes. Photo credit: 7 Days

They own the Farm of Milk & Honey, a small, grass-based, organically managed raw milk micro-dairy in Washington, and they are Rural Vermont members.

“We often reach out to our friends at Rural Vermont for advice and ideas. As the year was coming to an end, we reflected on how integral they have become to our farm and our business.

Their advocacy around raw milk and other key issues of importance to us (like on-farm slaughter & GMO labeling) has brought about real change in the state. And through their work, they have cultivated a community of committed producers and consumers who collaborate to address common challenges.

Rural Vermont is an inspiring, passionate group of people who are helping to sustain Vermont’s agricultural landscape and we are so lucky to have them as friends, supporters, and advocates. We urge you to become a member or make your special contribution today!

Want to see more real change? Join the Hayes and become part of Rural Vermont’s growing community of producers and consumers by making your special contribution to Rural Vermont today.

Learn about why others support Rural Vermont, or tell us why YOU are a supporter!