Thank you, Raw Milk Activists!
Supporters pack the committee room at one of the recent hearings on the new raw milk bill.
Thank you to all of the farmers and customers who testified before the House Ag Cmte on the new raw milk bill, to those who came to the hearing in support, and to the many activists who called and left messages for members of the committee during the hearings this week.
Excellent testimony was given from our supporters, and testimony was also taken from the opposition, including members of the Vermont Cheese Council and the Veterinary Medical Association. We’ll need your help to continue to make progress demonstrating to legislators the importance of this bill to expand economic opportunity for farmers and access to raw milk for their customers.
Watch this space for campaign updates as they happen. You can learn more about the campaign here. Email Lucy to find out how you can get involved.
Rural Vermont Annual Meeting & Farmers Tell Their Stories Kickoff Event
Capital City Grange, Montpelier
5:30 potluck, 6:30 Annual Meeting, 7:30 storytelling ($5 admission)
To honor a rich and gutsy thirty year history and to connect the dots between good food and good policy, Rural Vermont is launching a year-long series of “Farmers Tell Their Stories” events – the first of which is in Montpelier on April 8th. Farmers and friends will take the stage and share both personal and collective experiences through story, poetry, song, and skits. RSVP for the event! Lots more information here.
As part of the event, lyrical artist Jeffrey “Frey” Ellis will be composing a poem that spans Rural Vermont’s 30 year history – and we want this to be a Rural Vermont community effort! If you’ve been involved with, or just following, Rural Vermont for a long time, please take a couple minutes to answer some questions about Rural Vermont’s accomplishments and impact. (Entries accepted until Wednesday, March 25th.)
Meet Susan & Ryan Hayes
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!
Federal District Court GMO Labeling Hearings
On Wednesday January 7th the Federal District Court in Burlington heard the first oral arguments on Vermont’s landmark GMO labeling law. The arguments will center on the State’s Motion to Dismiss the lawsuit, and the Plaintiffs’ request to stop implementation of the law.
Find all the latest legal documents in the case to label GMOs.
After the oral arguments, the Judge will deliberate and issue a decision, probably within the next few months. More updates at http://www.vtrighttoknowgmos.org/