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Commerical Appeal: Raw milk rules tighten as demand increases

By Gosia Wozniacka
8/8/11
Full Article

PANOCHE VALLEY, Calif. — On a stretch of California grassland, workers milk 70 Jersey cows and bottle several hundred gallons of milk into quart glass bottles topped with bright yellow caps — without heating the milk to pasteurize it.

Claravale Farm, two hours west of Fresno, has been producing milk with minimal interference between the udder and the customer for about 80 years. It’s one of two licensed raw milk dairies in California, which allows the retail sale of milk that has not been heated to 161 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 seconds.

But even as consumers line up at farmers markets and specialty stores to buy raw milk, pressure on the producers has intensified in California and around the country.

“People have been drinking raw milk for thousands of years around the world,” Claravale’s co-owner, Ron Garthwaite, said. “But recently, raw milk has become a biohazard.”

Five other states — New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Idaho, Vermont and South Dakota — have adopted stricter standards to regulate the amount of bacteria in unprocessed milk in the past three years, according to the Raw Milk Survey released last month by the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture.

And states have cracked down on small unlicensed farmers selling raw milk to friends and neighbors. Three people were arrested in California last week for allegedly producing and selling raw milk without a license. They ran a herd share, in which several people split ownership because an animal’s owner can legally drink its raw milk without state inspections.

Federal law prohibits the sale of raw milk from state to state but allows states to regulate its sale within their borders. Arkansas and Mississippi allow the sale of raw goat milk directly on the farm where the milk is produced; Tennessee does not permit any sales of raw milk.

Thirty states allow some sort of raw milk sales: 13 restrict sales to the farm, 12 allow for retail sales and the other five have a combination of regulations.

Raw milk enthusiasts say pasteurization — the process of heating milk to kill disease-causing bacteria — kills bacteria beneficial to human health and argue that unprocessed milk is fresher, full of nutrients and tastier.


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St. Albans Messanger: Farm Aid eyes Highgate

Willie Nelson, WBKM talks look promising
Written By Leon Thompson
8/16/2011
Full Article

ST. ALBANS –– When WBKM radio co-owners Tony Gallucci and Eric Koval met with Willie Nelson on his tour bus after the Red Headed Stranger’s July show at the Essex fairgrounds, they made a plea that has lingered in the state for at least a decade: “Willie, we need Farm Aid in Vermont.”

Nelson, familiar with the request, made a single reply, according to Gallucci: “How about next year?”

Now, serious talks are underway to bring Farm Aid 2012 to the Franklin County Field Days site in Highgate, which played host to the Grateful Dead and other major acts during the 1990s.

“We’ve constantly worked on closing the gap, to make this real,” Gallucci said on Thursday. “Willie told us to pursue it, and Highgate is the most obvious and natural place – and the only place in the state – it will work.”

Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp organized the first daylong Farm Aid concert in 1985 to raise awareness about the loss of family farms and to raise funds to keep farm families on their land.

Dave Matthews joined the Farm Aid Board of Directors in 2001. To date, Farm Aid has raised more than $39 million to promote family farms – key staples of the Vermont and Franklin County economy.

Highgate selectmen are reviewing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that Gallucci, on behalf of his eight-person Farm Aid Vermont Committee, submitted during the Aug. 4 Highgate Selectboard meeting. WBKM is a Web radio station in Burlington.
The boilerplate MOU says that the town would support the move to bring Farm Aid to the community, with no financial obligation to Highgate, minus any promotional efforts the town pursues independently, according to David Jescavage, Highgate town administrator.
Per the selectboard’s request, Jescavage is seeking input from other area towns and local law enforcement, and the feedback thus far is positive, he said.

Also, Highgate selectmen have welcomed the idea of bringing Farm Aid to Highgate, knowing the show – televised nationally – would be an economic shot in the arm to the town, county and state, Jescavage said.
Jescavage is also seeking a legal opinion about the MOU, which is on the agenda for the Aug. 18 Highgate Selectboard meeting. The session starts at 7 p.m. at the town offices, in Highgate Center.

“So far, it looks like Highgate is the place of choice,” Jescavage said. “And, so far, the people that have heard a lot about it think it would be a great event for the town.”
With Franklin County in easy driving distance from Canada, Boston, and New York, Gallucci estimates 50,000 people would attend Farm Aid in Highgate, which is rich in longstanding family farms.

Gallucci said Farm Aid is not like a large concert driven by a money-hungry promoter. Farm Aid is a non-profit event with a mission fit for Vermont, he said.
Gallucci said that if Farm Aid comes to Highgate, it could be the first Farm Aid show in the history of the event in which the promoter is a committee – fitting for Vermont, he noted.
The Farm Aid Board of Directors does not typically announce the site for its show – usually held in September – until the spring prior to the event.

“Slowly but surely, we think we’ve been making strides and winning them over,” Gallucci said. “But it has to be an intelligent decision for the folks at Farm Aid, too. This is their primary fundraiser.

“But I think we’re gonna win this. I’m hoping that we can bring back a hopeful and positive message from Kansas City this year.”


08/16 Alert & Update

In this alert:

Message from the Director

Greetings,

Thank you all so much for your recent calls to Congressman Welch about the Industrial Hemp Farming Act. Our democracy cannot function without the active participation of individuals such as yourselves. It is only with your support and efforts that we are able to continue working for a better agricultural system here in Vermont. We value your involvement and input, and hope that you will join us at some upcoming events and continue the conversations around some of our most pressing issues.

First, I want to let you know about an exciting opportunity on Monday evening, August 22. Dan Kittredge, the Executive Director of the Real Food Campaign, will host a free evening presentation and discussion on Nutrient Dense Crop Production, a way of creating more nutrient rich soil to produce higher quality food for human and animal consumption. The event will be held from 7:00- 9:00pm in the meeting space at Butterworks Farm in Westfield. For more information, visit this page.

I would also like to encourage you to attend our free Ice Cream Social at the Family Cow Farmstand in Hinesburg this Wednesday (tomorrow!), August 17th. I will be there to discuss raw milk and other important agricultural issues that are facing our State, all while enjoying live music and freshly made ice cream. Visit Rural Vermont’s website for details. I look forward to seeing you there!

Once again, thank you for your continued support and feel free to contact me at anytime. A better Vermont is possible!

Best,

Jared

Events

Rural Vermont Events

CheeseRural Vermont’s Raw Dairy Classes Return!

BEYOND MILK: RAW DAIRY PROCESSING

Check out the class in your area:

* Ice Cream, Salted Caramel Sauce, & Ricotta

Wednesday, Aug 17th / 1-4 pm

Family Cow Farmstand, HINESBURG

(PLEASE NOTE LOCATION CHANGE)

** Raw Milk Victory Celebration to follow; see below for details **

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 OR to host/teach a class, contact Shelby at (802) 223-7222 or email Shelby.

Raw Milk Celebration & Ice Cream Social

Wednesday, August 17th / 7 – 8:30 pm

Family Cow Farmstand

2386 Shelburne Falls Road, HINESBURG

(PLEASE NOTE LOCATION CHANGE)

Come one, come all – FREE & open to the public

The newly passed S.105 reaffirms Vermonters’ rights to teach and learn how to process raw milk into delicious dairy products. Join Rural Vermont and folks from near and far in celebrating this victory that brings back the wildly popular value-added dairy workshops! On tap will be music and dance-worthy tunes, plenty of raw milk ice cream to go around, as well as a few surprises. Mark your calendar and plan to help us celebrate the return of these educational workshops!! For more info, contact Shelby at (802) 223-7222 or email Shelby.

Farmer2farmerFarmer to Farmer Workshop Series
From Cow to Customer: Producing Raw Milk for Direct Sale

Rural Vermont is bringing back a series that we hosted last year to help current and aspiring raw milk farmers learn about the regulations governing the sale of raw milk, and provide an opportunity for folks to see them in practice on a successful raw milk micro dairy, while learning about cow care and microdairy management.

* Monday, August 22nd / 11 am – 3 pm

Bob White Systems, SOUTH ROYALTON

(note: Bob White Systems is both a business that develops and sells microdairy equipment, as well as a microdairy operation)

* Saturday, September 17th / 11 am – 3 pm

New Village Farm, SHELBURNE

$10 for Rural Vermont members, and $20 for all others (no one turned away for lack of funds). For more information click here. Pre-registration is highly recommended. Sign up by calling Rural Vermont at (802) 223-7222 or email Shelby.

Back-to-Back Raw Milk Webinars on August 30

Two webinars hosted by UVM Extension New Farmer Project and the VT Pasture Program, moderated by Jenn Colby of the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture’s Pasture Program. Rural Vermont’s comprehensive seller’s guide is available for download prior to the webinars.

* 11:30 am – 12:15 pm — 2011 Updates on Marketing and Selling Raw Milk in Vermont, presented by Rural Vermont director Jared Carter

* 12:30 – 1:15 pm — Best Management Practices for Raw Milk Handling, presented by Agency of Ag Dairy & Energy Chief Dan Scruton

Newcomers to online learning are welcome. All you need to participate is internet access and a computer that you can hear sound through.

To participate, please go to http://www.uvm.edu/newfarmer/ about 11:15 am EST on Aug 30, 2011 and click on “Webinars” on the left-hand menu. For more information, contact newfarmer@uvm.edu
or call 802-223-2389×203. If you require
accommodations to participate in this program, please let Jessie Schmidt know by August 15 at 802-223-2389 or 1-866-860-1382 (toll-free in VT) or jessica.a.schmidt@uvm.edu.

TourdeFarmsAdvance Registration Now Open!

The 4th Annual Tour de Farms

Sunday, September 18th, 2011
Shoreham Green, Addison County, VT
RAIN OR SHINE

advance reg: $25 adults/$10 kids 12 & under
day-of reg: $50 adults/$20 kids 12 & under
kids in trailers and bikeseats free!
To register online or print registration materials, click here.

The Tour de Farms is an annual event and collaboration among Rural Vermont, the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition, and ACORN (Addison County Relocalization Network). Choose between 30, 25, and 10 mile routes and take a leisurely bike ride that includes sampling at various farm stops along the way. The 2011 tour is sponsored by Earl’s Cyclery, Wolaver’s Organic Brewery, American Flatbread Middlebury, and Vermont Fresh Network. New this year – area restaurants prepare samples using local farmers’ goodies, and NOFA’s mobile pizza oven cooks & sells pizza to hungry cyclists! For more info, click here or email Shelby.

Tour de Farms
Check out this Youtube
video documenting the
2010 Tour de Farms!
Summerevents

Look for Rural Vermont at these Summer Events!

TODAY! Tuesday, August 16 at the Historic Market Day,
4 – 7 pm on the ST. ALBANS dock on the Bay. Free.

Saturday, Sept 10 at the Growing Local Fest
2 – 7 pm on the VT College of Fine Arts Green, MONTPELIER

Saturday, Sept 24 at the Peru Fair9 am – 4 pm in the village of PERU. $5 entry.

Click here for more information.

FarmersmarketsLook for Rural Vermont at these Summer Farmers’ Markets !
Rural Vermont will be tabling at a farmers’ market near you! Stop by to visit or join us as a volunteer and reach out to your friends and neighbors.

Poultney: Thursday August 18
Londonderry: Saturday August 20

Email Abbe to volunteer with RV staff or interns tabling at your local market!
Volunteer

Activist and Volunteer Needs

Town leaders and activists needed in your town – Rural Vermont is currently looking for activists to organize your town for our Town-by-Town campaign! We are excited to help you recruit friends and neighbors to strengthen our food systems through local food sovereignty and grassroots activism.

Posterers - We need help putting up posters for our upcoming events! Email Robb and he will send you posters via email, or call and he will send some in the mail.

Tour-de-Farms event support - Have fun with friends in many ways. This highly successful event reaches out to lots of people and gets more exciting every year.

Bakers - We’re looking for someone who can make cookies (or any sweet treats) to accompany the raw milk that will be served up at Monday’s workshop in South Royalton.

Ice Cream Scoopers - Want to lend a hand at Wednesday’s ice cream social? We could use a couple folks to help divvy out the ice cream!

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

**Want to help but not interested in the above activities? Contact us and we’ll see how we can plug you in! **


09/21 Back-to-Back Raw Milk Webinars- Note Date Change!

11:30-12:15pm, presentation by Rural Vermont director Jared Carter
Free!

Two webinars hosted by UVM Extension New Farmer Project and the VT Pasture Program, moderated by Jenn Colby of the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture’s Pasture  Program.  Rural Vermont’s comprehensive seller’s guide is available for download prior to the webinars.

* 11:30 am – 12:15 pm — 2011 Updates on Marketing and Selling Raw Milk in Vermont, presented by Rural Vermont director Jared Carter

* 12:30 – 1:15 pm — Best Management Practices for Raw Milk Handling, presented by Agency of Ag Dairy & Energy Chief Dan Scruton

Newcomers to online learning are welcome. All you need to participate  is internet access and a computer that you can hear sound through.

To participate, please go to http://www.uvm.edu/newfarmer/ about 11:15 am EST on Aug 30, 2011 and click on “Webinars” on the left-hand  menu.  For more information, contact newfarmer@uvm.edu  or call 802-223-2389×203. If you require accommodations to participate in this program, please let Jessie  Schmidt know by August 15 at 802-223-2389 or 1-866-860-1382 (toll-free  in VT) or jessica.a.schmidt@uvm.edu.


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Celebrate the Return of Rural Vermont’s Raw Dairy Classes on Aug 17th

Workshop & Ice Cream Social at Family Cow Farmstand in Hinesburg

Lindsay Harris gets a batch of cheese started at a previous dairy class.

With the close of the 2011 legislative session came the return of Rural Vermont’s raw dairy processing classes, thanks to a small tweak to the law governing the sale and production of raw milk in Vermont. S.105, the dubbed “dairy class bill”, restores farmers’ ability to sell raw milk and protects the rights of Vermonters to learn about and make raw milk dairy products in the privacy of their own kitchens.

Since this bill was signed into law in the spring, Rural Vermont has resumed partnering with farmers all across the state to teach raw milk enthusiasts how to make all kinds of delicious dairy goodies in their home kitchens. On Wednesday, August 17th, Rural Vermont heads to Chittenden County to partner with Family Cow Farmstand in Hinesburg for an entire day and night devoted to raw dairy!

From 1 – 4 pm, Rural Vermont will host a special dairy processing class where farmer Lindsay Harris will teach a small group of folks to make raw milk ice cream, salted caramel sauce, and ricotta. The class fee is $20 – 40 sliding scale, and proceeds benefit Rural Vermont. Pre-registration is required, class size is limited, and this class is sure to sell out! Get in touch today to reserve your spot by calling Rural Vermont at (802) 223-7222 or emailing shelby@ruralvermont.org.

From 7 – 8:30 pm, the barn doors at Family Cow Farmstand will be open to one and all for an old fashioned ice cream social and raw milk celebration! Come celebrate the return of the raw dairy classes with live music, your friends and neighbors, a door prize, and raw milk ice cream freshly made just hours prior at the dairy class!. All the fun will be happening at Family Cow Farmstand, located at 2386 Shelburne Falls Road in Hinesburg, VT. This event will go on rain or shine, and is free (donations to Rural Vermont kindly appreciated!).

Why all the excitement about raw milk? Family Cow Farmstand owner Lindsay Harris says, “At the Family Cow, we produce small amounts of fresh, high-quality, unpasteurized milk. We became the first state-certified raw milk dairy in Vermont because fresh milk tastes better and retains enzymes, probiotics, and many vitamins that are destroyed in the pasteurization process. We are inspected by the Agency of Agriculture and adhere to strict safety and milk testing standards. Rural Vermont has worked hard to secure our right to sell milk and to teach home dairying classes. We are excited to partner with them and with our friends and neighbors in celebrating the bounty of the Family Cow. We hope to see you on August 17th!”

Rural Vermont is continuing to schedule dairy processing classes through the fall. For information about hosting, teaching, or attending a class, call Rural Vermont at (802) 223-7222 or email shelby@ruralvermont.org. Check the Rural Vermont website www.ruralvermont.org for the most recent events list or call to be added to the mailing list.

Family Cow Farmstand produces and sells raw milk directly to their community. Their Jersey and Guernsey cows are grass-fed and treated like family to make sure they are healthy and comfortable. Family Cow was the first certified Tier 2 raw milk producer in the state, and their milk is available from the farmstand (always open) and through delivery. For more info, visit www.familycowfarmstand.com.


The Hagstrom Report: APHIS seeks comments on proposed livestock tracing rule

BY JERRY HAGSTROM
August 9
Full Article (paid access only)

The long-awaited and long-feared proposed rule requiring animal identification for the purposes of tracing back incidences of disease will be published in the Federal Register on Thursday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today. Comments on the rule will be accepted until November 9.

Under the proposed rule, unless specifically exempted, livestock moved across state lines would have to be officially identified and accompanied by an interstate certificate of veterinary inspection or other documentation, such as owner-shipper statements or brand certificates, Vilsack said.

The proposed rule greatly expands what animals must be identified, WORC said, including feeder cattle, which are processed at a young age and never enter the breeding herd.

WORC, which is based in Montana, contended that USDA was following what agribusiness wants.

“The large volume of the animals that USDA proposes to track could overwhelm the capabilities of state agencies, making it impossible to retrieve useful data if there is in fact a disease outbreak,” stated Gilles Stockton, a Montana rancher and member of WORC. Stockton also serves on the USDA Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Animal Health.

The proposed rule creates new requirements for not only animal owners, but also for businesses associated with livestock, WORC noted, adding that veterinarians and auction barns would be required to keep records on every tagged animal for a minimum of five years.

“Consumers need the USDA to start focusing on the animal health and food safety risks posed by industrialized meat production,” said Patty Lovera, assistant director of Food & Water Watch, a consumer group. “If USDA devoted as much energy to preventing animal diseases as it has to promoting animal tracking, our food system would be in much better shape.

Comments on the proposed rule will be accepted until November 9:

By mail:
Docket No. APHIS-2009-0091
Regulatory Analysis and Development
PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8
4700 River Road, Unit 118
Riverdale, MD 20737-1238


08/04 Raw milk prosecution draws LA protest

The Associated Press
08/04/2011 07:08:37 PM PDT
Full Article

LOS ANGELES—A raid on a health food store and its raw dairy products sparked a protest outside a Los Angeles courthouse Thursday where the market’s owner was arraigned on charges of selling unlicensed, unpasteurized milk.

His arraignment came a day after he, along with Ventura County farmer Sharon Palmer and her employee Eugenie Bloch, were arrested on charges of producing unlicensed, unpasteurized goat milk products.

Volunteers at Stewart’s Rawesome market in Venice said investigators also raided the store, dumping all dairy products and seizing cash from the register.

Prosecutors said Rawesome has been selling food to the public for six years without permits. Supporters said the market is really a members-only club specializing in raw foods and they accuse the government of an unjustified crackdown on raw milk.

At the protest, they held signs that said “Um Hello?! It’s Milk!” and yelled, “Hey, hey, FDA, don’t take our milk away.”

Unpasteurized milk is legal in California but it’s regulated to meet health standards.


08/09 Action Alert

In this Alert
Message

Message from the Staff

Greetings,

Over the past few years, Rural Vermont has been instrumental in advancing the issue of growing industrial hemp. Once again, we need your help. Please call Representative Peter Welch now at (202) 225-4115 to ask him to cosponsor H.R. 1831, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2011.

** If you are in the Rutland area Tuesday, August 9 (today!), Representative Welch and Governor Shumlim will be at the Rutland Farmers’ Market at 4pm. Be sure to swing by and ask him in person to support Industrial Hemp!**

In 2008, with your dedication we successfully advocated for the passage of Act 212, which will allow Vermont farmers to cultivate hemp once federal laws are changed.

In 2009, the Legislature passed a joint resolution that reaffirmed Vermont’s intention by asking Vermont’s Congressional delegation and U.S. Federal officials to change the legal status of hemp and to allow Vermont farmers once again to cultivate this valuable crop.

Despite our successes and the widespread support of hemp among Vermonters, Representative Welch recently stated he did not know anything about Industrial Hemp (see video on sidebar)! Let’s show him that hemp matters to Vermonters! Please call Representative Peter Welch now at (202) 225-4115 and ask him to cosponsor H.R. 1831, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2011. For more information on Rural Vermont’s industrial hemp campaign, click here to access our issue page, or learn more about our national partner, Vote Hemp.

Meat and Milk campaigns:

It has come to our attention that some farmers are experiencing issues with current dairy and livestock regulations. Please contact us immediately at (802)223-7222 if you are having any problems. Rural Vermont is continuously working to create common-sense solutions for all, and we need your input!

Finally, we would love to see you at one of our upcoming Farmer-to-Farmer workshops or at next Wednesday’s Raw Milk Ice Cream Social & Celebration in Hinesburg (details below).We look forward to seeing and working with you into the future – whether it is advancing hemp, farm fresh milk and meat in Vermont, or addressing the need for local food sovereignty with our new town-by-town campaign.

Thanks!

Mollie, Robb and Shelby

Events

Rural Vermont Events

CheeseRural Vermont’s Raw Dairy Classes Return!

BEYOND MILK: RAW DAIRY PROCESSING

Check out the class in your area:

* Butter, Yogurt, Whipped Cream, & Buttermilk Scones

THIS WEEKEND! Saturday, August 13th / 1 -4 pm
Hawk’s Hill Farm, EAST BARNAR

* Ice Cream, Salted Caramel Sauce, & Ricotta

Wednesday, Aug 17th / 1-4 pm

Family Cow Farmstand, HINESBURG

(PLEASE NOTE LOCATION CHANGE)

** Raw Milk Victory Celebration to follow; see below for details **

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 OR to host/teach a class, contact Shelby at (802) 223-7222 or email Shelby. More classes coming soon!

Victory

Raw Milk Celebration & Ice Cream Social

Wednesday, August 17th / 7 – 8:30 pm

Family Cow Farmstand

2386 Shelburne Falls Road, HINESBURG

(PLEASE NOTE LOCATION CHANGE)

Come one, come all – FREE & open to the public

The newly passed S.105 reaffirms Vermonters’ rights to teach and learn how to process raw milk into delicious dairy products. Join Rural Vermont and folks from near and far in celebrating this victory that brings back the wildly popular value-added dairy workshops! On tap will be live music and dance-worthy tunes, plenty of raw milk ice cream to go around, as well as a few surprises. Mark your calendar and plan to help us celebrate the return of these educational workshops!! For more info, contact Shelby at (802) 223-7222 or email Shelby.

Farmer2farmerFarmer to Farmer Workshop Series
From Cow to Customer: Producing Raw Milk for Direct Sale

Rural Vermont is bringing back a series that we hosted last year to help current and aspiring raw milk farmers learn about the regulations governing the sale of raw milk, and provide an opportunity for folks to see them in practice on a successful raw milk micro dairy, while learning about cow care and microdairy management.

* THIS WEEK! Thursday, August 11th / 11 am – 3 pm

Symphony Farm, WASHINGTON

* Monday, August 22nd / 11 am – 3 pm

Bob White Systems, SOUTH ROYALTON

(note: Bob White Systems is both a business that develops and sells microdairy equipment, as well as a microdairy operation)

* Saturday, September 17th / 11 am – 3 pm

New Village Farm, SHELBURNE

$10 for Rural Vermont members, and $20 for all others (no one turned away for lack of funds). For more information click here. Pre-registration is highly recommended. Sign up by calling Rural Vermont at (802) 223-7222 or email Shelby.

TourdeFarmsAdvance Registration Now Open!The 4th Annual Tour de Farms

Sunday, September 18th, 2011
Shoreham Green, Addison County, VT
RAIN OR SHINEadvance reg: $25 adults/$10 kids 12 & under
day-of reg: $50 adults/$20 kids 12 & under
kids in trailers and bikeseats free!
To register online or print registration materials, click here.

The Tour de Farms is an annual event and collaboration among Rural Vermont, the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition, and ACORN (Addison County Relocalization Network). Choose between 30, 25, and 10 mile routes and take a leisurely bike ride that includes sampling at various farm stops along the way. The 2011 tour is sponsored by Earl’s Cyclery, Wolaver’s Organic Brewery, American Flatbread Middlebury, and Vermont Fresh Network. New this year – area restaurants prepare samples using local farmers’ goodies, and NOFA’s mobile pizza oven cooks & sells pizza to hungry cyclists! For more info, click here or email Shelby.

Tour de Farms
Check out this Youtube
video documenting the
2010 Tour de Farms!
Summerevents

Look for Rural Vermont at these Summer Events!

Tuesday, August 16 at the Historic Market Day,
4pm-7pm on the St. Albans dock on the Bay Free.

Saturday, Sept 24 at the Peru Fair9 am – 4 pm in the village of PERU $5 entry.

Click here for more information.

FarmersmarketsLook for Rural Vermont at these Summer Farmers’ Markets !
Rural Vermont will be tabling at a farmers’ market near you! Stop by to visit or join us as a volunteer and reach out to your friends and neighbors.Poultney: Thursday August 18
Londonderry: Saturday August 20

Email Abbe to volunteer with RV staff or interns tabling at your local market!
Volunteer

Activist and Volunteer Needs

Town leaders and activists needed in your town- Rural Vermont is currently looking for activists to organize your town for our Town-by-Town campaign! We are excited to help you recruit friends and neighbors to strengthen our food systems through local food sovereignty and grassroots activism.

Posterers- We need help putting up posters for our upcoming events! Email Robb and he will send you posters via email, or call and he will send some in the mail.

Tour-de-Farms event support. Have fun with friends in many ways. This highly successful event reaches out to lots of people and gets more exciting every year.

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

**Want to help but not interested in the above activities? Contact us and we’ll see how we can plug you in! **