a Potluck and evening of Storytelling
In this update:
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP NOW:
If you produced raw milk at any time during 2013, please complete Rural Vermont’s 2013 Raw Milk Survey. This data (which is kept completely confidential) is essential for the preparation of our Annual Raw Milk Report to the Vermont Legislature which we will be presenting in early January. We need this year’s report to have the largest possible number of responses to help support our effort to pass a bill to improve the raw milk law.
You can complete the survey online, get a paper copy in the mail by contacting Rural Vermont Organizer, Robb Kidd or by calling the Rural Vermont office at 223-7222.
IMPORTANT: If you are a raw milk customer, please make sure your farmer completes the Raw Milk Survey!
If you would like to get involved in supporting our Farm Fresh Milk Campaign, there are lots of opportunities at the local level and at the State House – please contact Robb Kidd for more information.
ONE LAST CHANCE TO TELL THE FDA: Fix FSMA!
Due to repeated problems with their online comment website, the FDA has extended the deadline for submitting comments on the two proposed FSMA rules to Fri. Nov. 22.
Thanks to Rep. Peter Welch for pressing the FDA to acknowledge that many people were prevented from submitting comments due to their comment website being unavailable numerous times in the past couple weeks.
(Seems to be a common problem these days!)
If you farm or you eat, the FDA needs to hear from you
by Fri., Nov. 22.
Go to our website for links to information and assistance in submitting your comments.
Additional information is available through our friends at
Please contact Andrea Stander if you have questions or have any trouble accessing any of these materials.
Rural Vermont is seeking to fill
several internship positions for the winter/spring semester
(beginning in January or earlier)
Complete descriptions are available on our website.
For more info or to apply, email or call Mollie at the Rural Vermont office 802-223-7222.
“[The internship with Rural Vermont] was the first job where I was advocating for something I cared about, and it fostered an intense, self-growth that I do not think I could’ve gained elsewhere. After traveling all over the state, I have really increased my sense-of-place in Vermont, and with that increased awareness I think I figured out a lot about myself, my values, and what I care about. Going into the future, I know I want agriculture and education to be two major parts of my life, and without my experience this summer, I can’t say I would’ve found my way to where I am now.”
– Samantha Frawley, summer 2013 outreach intern
Interns are a crucial part of our team, especially during the Legislative Session.These positions are open until filled.
Do you have some time and skills to contribute? As we gear up for our upcoming fall events and the legislative session, Rural Vermont needs your help!
Contact Robb Kidd if you’re interested in helping out with any of the below, or if you’d like to be kept informed about future volunteer opportunities.
This week! “Black Market Bounty” invite calls: If you have a couple hours to make friendly phone calls inviting Montpelier area folks to Sunday night’s event, Rural Vermont will provide a call list and script. These calls can be made from our office or from your home.
Sat, Nov 23, 10am-2pm at the Thanksgiving Farmers Market in Montpelier: Looking for one more person! 10-12 or 12-2 shift — hand out invites to shoppers and vendors for the “Black Market Bounty” Storytelling & Potluck event.
Rural Vermont could not accomplish nearly as much as we do without our incredible volunteers. Our staff and Board recognize that your time is valuable, and we’re grateful to everyone who can contribute in this way to support our work.
At its heart, Rural Vermont is a grassroots advocacy organization. That means our ability to get things done that you care about is directly tied to the number of members who support our work.
Our credibility and power comes directly from you – the people who share our values and our vision for a community-based food system that enables family farms to be economically viable and offers everyone access to locally-produced foods of their choice.
To make this vision a reality,
we need you.
P.S. If you THINK you’re already a member but aren’t 100% sure
(and just because you’re receiving this email does NOT necessarily mean you’re a member) please contact Mollie Wills to find out your membership status.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: