ELF graphicWant to eat like a farmer? Rural Vermont is giving away a stockpile of fresh, frozen, and fermented foods to one lucky member. More info here.

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

Stand Up & Speak Out: Practical Skills for Effective Citizen Activism Series

roosterAn informative and interactive workshop on the opportunities and need for citizen advocates.

Sun. Oct 4, 1-5pm Brattleboro Food Coop- CANCELLED. Stay tuned for potential rescheduling.
Tues., Oct 6, 4-8pm, Upper Valley Food Coop
Wed. Oct 7, 4-8pm Sterling College, Craftsbury
Tues. Oct. 13, 4:30-8:30pm Burlington Co-Housing Community
Wed. Oct. 14, 1-5pm Green Mountain College, Poultney
Sun. Oct. 18, Time 2-6pm, Burelli Farm, Berlin

More details and RSVP here.

Read the press release!

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.


Grow Our Grassroots


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!