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As you know, Rural Vermont has been working on the issue of Farm Fresh Meat and on-farm slaughter for several years now. After successfully advocating for passage of Act 207 in 2008, “The On-Farm Slaughter bill,” an act that allows for consumers to contract with a farmer to raise animals and slaughter directly on the farm (without expensive facilities), we have been continuously working to see that the on-farm slaughter law becomes an effective model of what is possible when farmers, consumers and activists come together to promote real change.
In light of our frustration over moving this issue forward, we have decided it is time to engage you in a conversation that will hopefully move us toward a satisfactory resolution of the on-farm slaughter issue. To that end, we are asking that you help by providing us with stories about your experiences with locally raised and on-farm slaughtered meat. We believe that by compiling your stories and providing them to key policy makers in Vermont, we can have a real impact on the state level policy discussion of on-farm slaughter.
Maybe you have tried to purchase meat from a farm and have been told it is illegal, maybe you are a farmer who would like to provide farm-slaughtered meat to your neighbors, or maybe you are a new farmer trying to develop your farm business. Whatever your story is, Rural Vermont wants to hear it as we attempt to move the ball forward on this vital policy issue. Please let us know if you have a story to tell or an opinion to voice. We will work to amplify your voice with state policy makers!
By demonstrating that there is a widespread concern for this issue on the part of farmers and consumers alike, we will be successful in jump-starting our effort to bring the economic opportunity of locally raised on-farm slaughtered meat to the struggling agricultural community.
Please consider helping by providing Rural Vermont with your on-farm slaughter story, whatever it may be. Stories can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to Rural Vermont, 15 Barre St, Suite 2, Montpelier, VT 05602. Please get your stories to us by Tuesday, November 15th.
Thank you, we look forward to hearing from you all.
The Staff at Rural Vermont
Rural Vermont Events
BEYOND MILK: RAW DAIRY PROCESSING !
Farmhouse Cheddar Curds, Mozzarella, Yogurt, & Butter
Wednesday, December 7th
1 – 4 pm
Apple Ledge Farm, COVENTRY
More classes coming soon! 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 email@example.com.
** SEEKING HOSTS & TEACHERS! If you’re a raw milk dairy and would like to host a class OR a raw milk enthusiast eager to share your kitchen skills with others, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (802) 223-7222. We’ve got a specific need for teachers in the counties of LAMOILLE and ADDISON/RUTLAND!
HOMEGROWN POTLUCK &
KITCHEN TABLE CONVERSATION
Rural Vermont kicks off a new series highlighting the traditional foods and connections that make each Vermont community unique. Bring and share food you’ve grown or raised yourself, or a traditional dish from Vermont’s collective past. Wild game? Organ meats? Homemade bread & butter? Pickled any/everything? Pull up a seat around the kitchen table and join neighbors and friends from the greater Newbury community for a supper that celebrates the area’s existing food culture and a conversation about defining this area’s local food system, adopting a long-term vision for this foodshed, and declaring food sovereignty. RSVP to email@example.com or call (802) 223-7222.
Visit this page for more information.
* More dates and locations coming soon.
WITH STORYTELLER ANNIE HAWKINS
Sunday, NOVEMBER 20 at 7 pm
the Songyard, 295 Main St., on the green in CHESTER
Rural Vermont is once again partnering with Grafton treasure Annie Hawkins to host the 3rd annual storytelling event and benefit for Rural Vermont. Join us for an evening of stories from past generations and distant cultures that speak to the resiliency, perseverance, kindness and courage that Vermonters displayed in the aftermath of the floods. Coffee and cake reception will follow — meet Annie, check out the “Art for Agrarians” gallery, and buy your farmer flood relief tee. Event most appropriate for adults and older children. $5-$10 sliding scale – all proceeds benefit Rural Vermont. Visit this page for more information.
FOOD SOVEREIGNTY MEETING
If you are interested in having Rural Vermont facilitate a food sovereignty discussion in your community, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer and Activist Needs
Baking and event support for the Chester Storytelling Event – We have a few tasks that we could use your help with in support of this annual fundraiser. We need volunteers to bake some yummy treats, put up posters, and assist us on the day of the event.
Local Food Sovereignty Campaign - As we gear up the local food sovereignty campaign, we need your help gathering signatures to place local food sovereignty articles on Town Meeting Day ballots. Contact Robb for petitions or information to get an article on your Town Meeting Day agenda.
Winter Conferences-Vermont Grass Farmers Association.(Jan 20-21), NOFA-VT,(Feb 11-13) Are you already registered for next year’s conferences ? Please volunteer to help Rural Vermont with our informational and activist tables at these busy events. If you will be available on any of those days, email Robbto volunteer for a time slot.
**Want to help but not interested in the above activities? Contact us and we’ll see how we can plug you in! **
Are you interested in learning how to become an effective advocate and how to influence policy in Vermont? Rural Vermont counts on activists to move our issues forward, and this is a great opportunity to learn the process or polish your skills before the 2012 legislative session begins.
**Please note this is not a Rural Vermont event, the training is presented by Common Good Vermont and KSE Partners, LLP government affairs & strategic communications.**