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EIGHT Communities Demonstrate Support on Town Meeting Day for Vermonters Feeding Vermonters

With the broad support of thousand of friends and neighbors, Rural Vermont successfully petitioned and passed local food sovereignty resolutions on Town Meeting Day in Benson, Calais, Charlotte, Chester, Groton, Montpelier, Peacham, and West Windsor.  These communities demonstrated the broad based support for enhancing and expanding the ability of Vermonters to Feed Vermonters. Communities overwhelmingly voted by wide margins to pass these resolutions. Article 41, the Montpelier Local Food Sovereignty Resolution, passed by 1948 to 461 votes. All other towns easily passed on voice votes.

These diverse communities all support the vision of a local food system that meets the needs of our community, supports our farmers, and sustains our lands. Debate at town meetings and events prior to Town Meeting Day highlighted the real on-the-ground problems farmers and consumers face accessing community-based foods. Whether it is a farmer in Chester who cannot sell milk to her customers at her market just down the road, costly regulatory burdens for a small goat farmer in Peacham, or the concerns of a Calais resident who wants to know if her food has been genetically engineered, Vermonters are concerned about where their food is coming from and want to see policies that are appropriate to the needs of their communities.

Calais Farmer Peter Harvey stated, “Food Sovereignty is about taking back our basic rights to be able to choose what we eat in a country and state that increasingly is forcing us to eat industrially manufactured food. Food Sovereignty is about allowing people to eat food that their neighbors grow, produce, and share on a small local scale, without the threat of violence from the giant food industry and state government regulators.”

Rural Vermont Organizer and Montpelier Resident Robb Kidd said “too many times food policy discussions take place in small meeting rooms of multi-national corporations and Washington D.C., and leave the affected communities out of the discussion.”

Speaking of her town’s resolution, Lisa Kaiman, a Chester farmer, passionately emphasized that “it is ridiculous and silly that consumers have to express a desire to preserve their right to buy local food.  It seems like a ‘given’ in this free country of ours.  The most basic of ‘givens.’  But since it isn’t, we need to stand and be heard or go hungry!”

The Town Meeting Day resolutions are just one piece of Rural Vermont’s broad campaign to support Vermonters Feeding Vermonters. Rural Vermont will continue collaborating with communities and groups throughout Vermont to develop local food systems that sustain our farmers, our communities, and our lands.

For more information, contact Robb Kidd, (802) 223-7222, robb@ruralvermont.org


05/16 Rural Vermont’s 27th Annual Celebration

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

6:30 – 9 pm
The Wilder Center, 2087 Hartford Ave. (Route 5)
WILDER (just north of White River Junction)

Free for members; $5-$10 sliding scale for all else

With keynote address by BEN HEWITT: “The Future is in the Dirt: Growing the Culture of Vermonters Feeding Vermonters”

You’re invited to join us for this festive occasion and annual gathering of Rural Vermont supporters! Celebrate Rural Vermont’s recent progress towards Vermonters Feeding Vermonters over potluck food and drink with live and local music. In addition to Ben’s keynote, also expect Rural Vermont’s annual meeting, farm fresh five raffle, awards ceremony, and board elections.

“The Future’s in the Dirt” will be a lively presentation and conversation that digs into the challenges and potential of Vermont’s rapidly growing local foods movement. How can we build healthy, regionalized economies that honor the producers, consumers, and environment? What will it take to ensure a vibrant culture of Vermonters feeding Vermonters? The answers are not always obvious, but the need to find them has never been more urgent.

Rural Vermont’s 2012 Annual Celebration is being sponsored by NOFA-VT, Upper Valley Food Co-op, Cedar Circle Farm, Chelsea Green Publishing, Building a Local Economy (BALE), Edible Green Mountains, Vermont Grass Farmers’ Association, Bob White Systems, High Mowing Seeds, Sterling College, South Royalton Market, Vermont Compost Company, Local Banquet, and Way Out Wax.

Live Music! Nancy & Mike Wood
“Michael and Nancy Wood … or … bluegrass, folk, and country met classical, blues, and jazz over thirty years ago on an elevator. Vocals, melodic mandolin, finger picking and great guitar chords are blended into a sound that only comes from time and seasoning.”

Cash bar with Vermont Beer
A welcome addition to this year’s event will be bar service, provided by the Hotel Coolidge. Available for purchase will be a variety of red and white wines, as well as the following Vermont brews: Long Trail Ale, Harpoon IPA, Otter Creek Stovepipe Porter, and Otter Creek Vermont Lager. (non-alcoholic beer available too)

Farm Fresh Five Raffle
Buy a $5 ticket, either in advance or at the event, and be entered to win one of five super sweet food & farm raffle prizes. Win gardening supplies and seeds; a basket o’ books featuring authors Joel Salatin, Michael Pollan, Daniel Imhoff and keynote Ben Hewitt; two different coolers of the freshest farm fare; or a private dairy processing lesson in your home! Note: Winners pulled at the Annual Celebration, but need not be present to win. For all the details, click the links below.

Learn more about the FARM FRESH FIVE RAFFLE
Print and buy your FARM FRESH FIVE RAFFLE TICKETS

Special Offer – Help us sell FARM FRESH FIVE raffle tickets and get yourself some freebies!
Farm Fresh Five raffle tickets are on sale, and we need the help of our Rural Vermont supporters to make this fundraiser a big success! Help us sell tickets, and for every five you sell, you’ll get a ticket of your own for free! To get started, email shelby@ruralvermont.org today.

Want to win a Hunger Mountain Co-op gift certificate?
Are you a Rural Vermont member? –> bring a non-member friend, and you’ll be entered! Invite everyone you know!
Not a member? –> Become a member (or renew your membership) at the event with a sliding scale donation of more than $10, and you’ll be entered!

Directions:
From I-91 North or South, take Exit 12 toward Route 5/Wilder. Follow signs to Route 5 North (Hartford Ave.). Turn onto Route 5 North, and travel a little under a mile to the Wilder Center on the right. It is located at the corner of Route 5 and Gillette Street in the Wilder Village Historic District in the town of Hartford, Vermont.

Parking:
Please carpool if you can! Park in the Dataman parking lot, located on the left-hand side (coming from the Interstate), just before the Wilder Center. This lot is a very short walk from the Wilder Center. For those who need onsite parking, there is a very limited number of spots available at the Wilder Center.

To Bring:

  • finger food potluck item
  • a place setting to help us minimize trash
  • money for the Farm Fresh Five raffle, merchandise, cash bar, entry and/or membership (for non-members)
  • any Farm Fresh Five raffle tickets you’ve sold and money you’ve collected in advance (see above ‘special offer’)
  • friends, family, neighbors – anyone and everyone you know who cares about real food and supporting our state’s farmers! This annual event is the best way to introduce new folks to Rural Vermont!

Download the ANNUAL CELEBRATION POSTER. Help us spread the word by printing and hanging it around your community!

Read the PRESS RELEASE with more details

Read the EVENT PROGRAM!

Check out the Save the Date Postcard!


03/05 Town Meeting Day Action Alert

In this Alert:
Message from the Director
Legislative Update
Update on Town Meeting Day Events
Dairy Processing Classes – NEW schedule available!
Activist and Volunteer Needs
Join Us!
Message From The Director

Dear Members and Friends:

Whew! We made it. Town Meeting Week! The Legislators have gone home for a week, you can probably find a parking place and a seat for lunch in Montpelier, and we all get to play a role in local democracy on Town Meeting Day!

>>>DON’T FORGET TO VOTE ON TUESDAY FOR YOUR LOCAL FOOD SOVEREIGNTY RESOLUTION & THE RESOLUTION SUPPORTING A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO END CORPORATE PERSONHOOD!

<<< Please let us know if YOUR town considers a Food Sovereignty resolution on March 6th. If you have questions or need help bringing up a resolution in your town, please contact Rural Vermont’s Organizer Robb Kidd or call the office 802-223-7222. You can learn more about Local Food Sovereignty and our Vermonters Feeding Vermonters Campaign on our website.

CORRECTION & APOLOGY: In preparation for Town Meeting Day, Rural Vermont organized a variety of what we called “Town Eating Day” events focused on promoting the Food Sovereignty Resolutions we helped place on several Town Meeting Day ballots. What we didn’t realize is that this phrase had already been claimed by a group of civic-minded residents of Norwich who have been organizing Norwich Town Eating Day for the past six years as a way to promote more participation in local affairs and Town Meeting Day. Our sincere apologies for borrowing a good idea!

Read the Update on Town Meeting Day Events below. Thanks to everyone who helped make them possible Also, please check out the brand new schedule of Raw Milk Dairy Processing Classes. I look forward to reporting to you on the results of our Town Meeting Day efforts next week.

Andrea Stander

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE:

VT Right To Know Genetically Engineered Food Act – H.722

Last week the House Agriculture Committee heard an introduction of the bill by its lead sponsor Rep. Kate Webb of Shelburne. The Committee members asked a variety of questions expressing strong interest in the bill. Unfortunately, Chair of the Committee, Rep. Carolyn Partridge of Windham, has decided that before taking any other testimony on the bill she wanted to hear from Assistant Attorney General Elliot Burg to get his opinion of the legal footing of the bill. Regrettably, Asst. AG Burg will not be available to the Committee until the week after the Town Meeting Break.

The VT Right To Know GMOs coalition (Rural Vermont, VPIRG and NOFA-VT) are working quickly to line up a diverse group of Vermont and national experts to offer testimony to the House Ag Committee as soon as they return after the break. You can help support this campaign right now by joining over 3000 Vermonters and signing the petition in support of the VT Right To Know GMOs campaign. Doing so will enable us to keep in touch with you about specific actions you can take to help pass this bill. We’re going to need all hands on deck to demonstrate that having the Right To Know whether food is genetically engineered is something that Vermonters want NOW! For more information contact Andrea or call Rural Vermont at 223-7222.

The Working Lands Enterprise Investment Bills – H.496 & S.246

Following the unanimous vote by the House Agriculture Committee, the House version of the bill H. 496 has been referred to the House Appropriations Committee where it will be considered after the Town Meeting break. You can read the latest versions of both bills and also learn more about them on the Vermont Council on Rural Development website. Rural Vermont supports the ambitious goal of these bills to create greater investment in and focus on the critical role that our working farm and forest lands play in sustaining Vermont and Vermonters. Please contact Andrea or call Rural Vermont at 223-7222 if you would like more information.

An Act Relating to Establishing a Vermont Farm Guest Worker Program – S.238 This bill, which seeks to address issues of justice and fairness for Vermont’s many migrant farm workers, was taken up in the Senate Agriculture Committee and passed unanimously last Friday. We don’t yet have access to the bill as passed by the Senate Ag Committee. Rural Vermont will be reviewing the details of the bill and will provide more information in our next Legislative Update.

UPDATE ON TOWN MEETING DAY EVENTS

At Town Meeting Day on March 6, 2012, several towns around the state will be considering a local “Food Sovereignty” resolution. In anticipation of this important vote and declaration of support for “Vermonters Feeding Vermonters”, Rural Vermont has partnered with local food justice activists to inform voters about the resolution language, build support for approval of the resolutions, and highlight great local food.

ATTENTION CALAIS RESIDENTS ! Tuesday, March 6th, lunchtime Town Hall, Gospel Hollow, CALAIS During the lunch hour at Town Meeting Day, help yourself to some “Food Sovereignty” fare showcasing Calais’ underground cuisine. Imagine a world, much like the vision outlined in Calais’ Food Sovereignty resolution, where anything and everything our neighbors can grow, raise, and process is legally available to the Calais community. If you’re a Calais resident and would like to contribute a dish to the spread, contact Peter Harvey at (802) 229-4026. Below are highlights from the events that have already happened – please thank and patronize the local businesses and farms that participated.

MONTPELIER’S THREE PENNY TAP ROOM SUPPORTED LOCAL FOOD SOVEREIGNTY Last Thursday, one of Montpelier’s premier watering holes for local food enthusiasts hosted an evening of good beer, good food and good conversation about Article 41, Montpelier’s Local Food Sovereignty Resolution. Many thanks to Three Penny Taproom’s Wes, Scott, and Matt for contributing a portion of the evening’s proceeds to support Rural Vermont’s Vermonters Feeding Vermonters Campaign.

CHESTER’S FULLERTON INN HOSTED “LEAP FOR LOCAL” Rural Vermont extends a sincere THANK YOU to Fullerton Inn proprietors Bret and Nancy Rugg and their head chef James Belliveau for hosting a wonderfully tasty evening (on Leap Day) that showcased the food products of many Chester area farms. Key to the evening’s success (in spite of an impending 10″ snowstorm) was the tireless organizing and outreach by farmer Lisa Kaiman of Jersey Girls Dairy and WAAWWE Farm Market. It was great to meet so many Chester area folks and to sample all the great food that Chef Belleiveau prepared from the local farm products. Many of the items from this special tasting menu are now available on the Fullerton Inn’s regular dining menu – if you missed the event or you’re hungry for more, make a reservation for the Fullerton Inn!

GROTON’S BROWN’S MARKET BISTRO PIZZA PARTY IN SUPPORT OF FOOD SOVEREIGNTY On Feb 13, more than a dozen Groton voters converged on Brown’s Market Bistro to share pizza and discuss strategy for passing their Town Meeting Day Local Food Sovereignty resolution. Rural Vermont is grateful for the assistance of Mary Berlejung in organizing such a tasty way to promote local civic participation, and to Zach Reid for donating the Bistro space.

>>> BEYOND MILK: RAW DAIRY PROCESSING CLASSES

The inquiries about Rural Vermont’s next round of dairy classes have been rolling in! The chilly temperatures today are reminding me of a recent, similarly cold afternoon that I spent making ricotta cheese from milk purchased at my local farm, which I then assembled into a creamy, gooey, delicious lasagna. If today’s brisk temps are finding you craving nourishing, wholesome foods, then Rural Vermont’s dairy classes are just what you’ll need to warm your soul. Sign up today!

Back by popular demand! Feta, Soft Cheese, Yogurt, & Kefir
with the Metta Earth team & cows’ milk
Sunday, March 25th from 1 – 4 pm
Metta Earth Institute Inc., LINCOLN

Mozzarella, Ricotta, & Butter
with Ben Crockett, Ashlyn Bristle, & cows’ milk
Saturday, March 31st from 1 – 4 pm
Black Dog Farm, NEWFANE
* please note NEW date & addition of butter!

Mozzarella, Ricotta & Ice Cream
with Karen Nicholson & goats’ milk
Wednesday, April 11th from 11:30 am – 2:30 pm
Stepping Stone Farm, STOWE

Farmer’s Cheese, Brie-style Cheese, & Chevre
with Elizabeth Moulton & goats’ milk
Wednesday, April 25th from 10 am – 1 pm
Popplewood Farm, ANDOVER

Butter, Yogurt, & Mozzarella
with Tamara Martin & cows’ milk
Wednesday, May 9th from 1 – 4 pm
Chandler Pond Farm, WHEELOCK

Cottage Cheese & Yogurt Panna Cotta
with Margaret Osha & cows’ milk
Wednesday, May 23rd from 1 – 4 pm
Turkey Hill Farm, RANDOLPH CENTER

All classes require advance registration and space is limited. $20-$40 sliding scale. All proceeds benefit Rural Vermont. To sign up, contact Shelby at (802) 223-7222 or email shelby@ruralvermont.org.
Activist and Volunteer Needs

As a grassroots organization, Rural Vermont relies on the generosity and commitment of volunteers to help us accomplish our goals. Throughout the year we need your help advancing our issues in many ways. Consider working with Rural Vermont to help spread the word about our Vermonters Feeding Vermonters campaign!

Current Volunteer Opportunities:

Town Meeting Day – Tues. March 6 – is an excellent opportunity to meet and chat with your neighbors. In addition to promoting Local Food Sovereignty Resolutions, we could use your help distributing info regarding the Vermont Right to Know GMOs campaign.

Posters – If you live near one of our upcoming events, please contact us if you can help hang posters in your community! Right now, we especially need help for the March dairy classes. If you live in or around Lincoln or Newfane and can hang posters, please be in touch asap!

Recruiters – Are you good at talking to people and getting them excited about important issues? Consider helping Rural Vermont recruit new members and activists.

Email Robb, or call 802-223-7222 to get involved today!!!
JoinJoin Us!

Rural Vermont communicates with its supporters in a number of ways – email, mail, and phone. To ensure that you’re not missing any important updates, please join the full mailing list here. You can sign up to be a dues-paying member of Rural Vermont by visiting this page.


12/09 Rural Vermont Benefit Contra Dance

Sunday, December 9th
Beginners’ workshop at 7:15 pm, dance starts at 7:30 pm
Stone Church, BRATTLEBORO
Sliding scale general admission $10-$15, students & seniors $7

Join Rural Vermont and our friends at Brattleboro Contra for a night of great fun for a great cause! Never contra danced? Contra dancing is an upbeat, accessible, community dance tradition that is deeply rooted in the culture of rural New England. The figures and steps are simple to learn, the dances will be taught and prompted by the evening’s caller Rebecca Lay, and there will be live music by talented performers, including Ethan Hazzard-Watkins on fiddle, Anna Patton on clarinet, and Andy Davis on piano. All levels and ages welcome.

All proceeds benefit Rural Vermont!

More details coming soon …

Fun, fun, fun at last year’s Contra Dance!

 


11/18 4th Annual Rural Vermont Storytelling Benefit

In the Arms of Mother Earth: Living Close to the Land
with Annie Hawkins
Sunday, November 18th – 7 pm
First Universalist Parish, CHESTER

For four years now, Rural Vermont has partnered with master storyteller Annie Hawkins for an enchanted evening of traditional folk tales rooted in rural life. Join us for the fourth annual event, guaranteed to captivate and delight adults and children of all ages (however not well suited for the very young). Following the performance, stay to mingle over refreshments with Annie and Rural Vermont staff and board, as well as browse Annie’s CD collection and Rural Vermont merchandise.

Annie Hawkins. Photo credit: Dona McAdams.

About Annie:
Annie Hawkins has been performing at universities, theatres, museums, nature centers and other venues all over the country for two decades. She brings a childs sense of exuberance and wonder to the stage. She is also the author of published short stories, poems and essays. Her column Renegade Poet was published in The Kennett Paper, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania for five years and won a Keystone Press Award. She currently writes a monthly column for The Weekly Commons in Brattleboro, VT.


“Please count on us being there with metaphoric bells on. Having seen Annie perform, I know this is an event not to be missed. We’ll be driving about 2.5 hours to come to Chester for anyone who needs a challenge/example/incentive to overcome seasonal or weekend inertia.”  —Fiona Farrell, Full Circle Farm, Saratoga, New York


09/16 5th Annual Tour de Farms

A fundraiser for Rural Vermont, Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition, and ACORN
Sunday, September 16th
Shoreham Green, SHOREHAM
Advanced registration now open!

Visit this page for all the details!

Tour de Farms cyclists sampling a variety of quiche at Doolittle Farm

The 5th Annual Tour de Farms, Sunday September 16th, Shoreham VT. Annual event drawing 500+ participants and offering three bike routes and one walking route, each with designated stops along the way where farms and restaurants provide samples of locally-produced foods. Some of last year’s bites included heirloom tomatoes, oriental lamb chops, grilled turkey sausage, and maple-candied nuts. New this year – children’s books in the StoryWalk format at several farm stops, a walking option, a video contest, and the option to fundraise for your favorite group. The Tour is co-organized by ACORN, Rural Vermont, and the VT Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and is a fundraiser for all three organizations. For more information, call Rural Vermont at (802) 223-7222 or visit www.ruralvermont.org.


Natural News: Harvard Study: Pasteurized milk from industrial dairies linked to cancer

February 27, 2012
Jonathan Benson
American government seeks to further perpetuate the lie that all milk is the same with egregious new provisions in 2012 Farm Bill
The truth has once again shaken the foundation of the ‘American Tower of Babel’ that is mainstream science, with a new study out of Harvard University showing that pasteurized milk product from factory farms is linked to causing hormone-dependent cancers. It turns out that the concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFO) model of raising cows on factory farms churns out milk with dangerously high levels of estrone sulfate, an estrogen compound linked to testicular, prostate, and breast cancers.

Dr. Ganmaa Davaasambuu, Ph.D., and her colleagues specifically identified “milk from modern dairy farms” as the culprit, referring to large-scale confinement operations where cows are milked 300 days of the year, including while they are pregnant. Compared to raw milk from her native Mongolia, which is extracted only during the first six months after cows have already given birth, pasteurized factory milk was found to contain up to 33 times more estrone sulfate.

Meanwhile, raw, grass-fed, organic milk from cows milked at the proper times is linked to improving digestion, healing autoimmune disorders, and boosting overall immunity, which can help prevent cancer. Though you will never hear any of this from the mainstream media, all milk is not the same — the way a cow is raised, when it is milked, and how its milk is handled and processed makes all the difference in whether or not the end product promotes health or death.

American government seeks to further perpetuate the lie that all milk is the same with egregious new provisions in 2012 Farm Bill

Of particular concern are new provisions in the 2012 Farm Bill that create even more incentives for farmers to produce the lowest quality, and most health-destroying, type of milk possible. Rather than incentivize grazing cows on pastures, which allows them to feed on grass, a native food that their systems can process, the government would rather incentivize confined factory farming methods that force cows to eat genetically-modified (GM) corn and other feed, which makes them sick.

As it currently stands, the government already provides incentives for farmers to stop pasturing their animals, instead confining them in cages as part of a Total Confinement Dairy Model, aka factory farms. But the 2012 Farm Bill will take this a step further by outlawing “component pricing” for milk, which involves allowing farmers to sell milk with higher protein and butterfat at a higher price.

Allowing farmers to sell higher quality milk at a higher price provides an incentive for them to improve the living conditions on their farms, and milk better cow breeds. But the U.S. government would rather standardize all milk as being the same, and create a system where farmers continue to produce cancer-causing milk from sick cows for the millions of children to drink.


Farm to Plate

The Farm to Plate Strategic Plan is a 10-year plan to strengthen Vermont’s food system. Visit this page to learn more.


Food Democracy Now: Judge Sides with Monsanto; Ridicules Farmers Right to Grow Food Without Fear, Contamination and Economic Harm

February 27, 2012
Full Article

New York, New York – On February 24, Judge Naomi Buchwald handed down her ruling on a motion to dismiss in the case of Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA) et al v. Monsanto after hearing oral argument on January 31st in Federal District Court in Manhattan.  Her ruling to dismiss the case brought against Monsanto on behalf of organic farmers, seed growers and agricultural organizations representing farmers and citizens was met with great disappointment by the plaintiffs.

Plaintiff lead attorney Daniel Ravicher said, “While I have great respect for Judge Buchwald, her decision to deny farmers the right to seek legal protection from one of the world’s foremost patent bullies is gravely disappointing.  Her belief that farmers are acting unreasonable when they stop growing certain crops to avoid being sued by Monsanto for patent infringement should their crops become contaminated maligns the intelligence and integrity of those farmers.  Her failure to address the purpose of the Declaratory Judgment Act and her characterization of binding Supreme Court precedent that supports the farmers’ standing as ‘wholly inapposite’ constitute legal error.  In sum, her opinion is flawed on both the facts and the law.  Thankfully, the plaintiffs have the right to appeal to the Court of Appeals, which will review the matter without deference to her findings.”

Monsanto’s history of aggressive investigations and lawsuits brought against farmers in America have been a source of concern for organic and non-GMO farmers since Monsanto’s first lawsuit brought against a farmer in the mid-90′s.  Since then, 144 farmers have had lawsuits brought against them by Monsanto for alleged violations of  their patented seed technology.  Monsanto has brought charges against more than 700 additional farmers who have settled out-of-court rather than face Monsanto’s belligerent litigious actions.

Many of these farmers claim to not have had the intention to grow or save seeds that contain Monsanto’s patented genes. Seed drift and pollen drift from genetically engineered crops often contaminate neighboring fields. If Monsanto’s seed technology is found on a farmer’s land without contract they can be found liable for patent infringement.

“Family farmers need the protection of the court,” said Maine organic seed farmer Jim Gerritsen, President of lead plaintiff OSGATA.  “We reject as naïve and undefendable the judge’s assertion that Monsanto’s vague public relations ‘commitment’ should be ‘a source of comfort’ to plaintiffs. The truth is we are under threat and we do not believe Monsanto.  The truth is that American farmers and the American people do not believe Monsanto. Family farmers deserve our day in court and this flawed ruling will not deter us from continuing to seek justice.”

The plaintiffs brought this suit against Monsanto to seek judicial protection from such lawsuits and challenge the validity of Monsanto’s patents on seeds.

“As a citizen and property owner, I find the Order by the Federal Court to be obsequious to Monsanto,” said plaintiff organic farmer Bryce Stephens of Kansas.  “The careless, inattentive, thoughtless and negligent advertisement Monsanto has published on their website to not exercise its patent rights for inadvertent trace contamination belies the fact that their policy is in reality a presumptuous admission of contamination by their vaunted product on my property, plants, seeds and animals.”

A copy of  Judge Buchwald’s ruling is located here.

As plaintiffs and and advocates for farmers, we were deeply disappointed by Judge Buchwald’s decision to dismiss this lawsuit and also in her demonstrated lack of knowledge of the important facts presented and her recognition of validity of this case.

But “no matter what happens… we will go forward.”


03/01 Three Penny Taproom Benefit

6pm until closing
Three Penny Taproom, Main St. Montpelier

Come hang out with Rural Vermont at The Three Penny Taproom in Montpelier to hear about the “Local Food Sovereignty” Resolution (Article 41) that will appear on the Montpelier Town Meeting Day (March 6) Ballot. TPT is supporting the Resolution and will be contributing a portion of their beer sales for the night to Rural Vermont in support of our Vermonters Feeding Vermonters campaign. No RSVP is necessary so grab your Montpelier neighbors and come join us. Any questions, contact Robb or call us at (802) 223-7222