Help Us Launch the Tour & Hit the Road!
Help support the Community Conversation Tour by donating! Thanks to Ryan Hayes for the sunflower design.
Big news! In 2017, Rural Vermont is returning to its grassroots. We will embark on a “Community Conversation Tour” to:
(1) share our vision for an agricultural economy in Vermont where success is measured not in gallons, pounds, or dollars extracted from the land, but by the health and vitality of all of its stakeholders: its farmers, its consumers, its businesses, its crops and animals, and most importantly its soils; and
(2) empower Vermonters to organize and work locally, in their own communities, to restore local power in our food system, fight climate change and protect our water, and revitalize our state’s rural economy.
The multi-stop tour, with each event located in a different region in Vermont, will engage whole communities, and invite a broad range of stakeholders to envision this future for Vermont –because everyone has a stake in the future of Vermont and the stewardship of our working landscape. You can help bring the Community Conversation Tour to life! Read more about the tour and how you can help here.
Thank You, Supporters!
Thank you to all the participants who made Rural Vermont’s 31st Annual Meeting a success!
When Pigs Fly
Farm to Ballet Finale Performance at Von Gal Farm in Essex. Photo by Lida Lutton.
HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who braved the rain and came out for the final 2016 Farm to Ballet performance Sunday night at the Von Gal Farm in Essex Junction. You can see lots of photos here.
With classic Vermont adaptability, the incredible dancers and musicians with Farm to Ballet moved indoors when the rain went from sprinkle to steady pour. Undaunted by an uneven barn floor, the sound of the cows being milked downstairs, and the close quarters (think hot & humid) they put on a wonderful sampling of the show and very generously offered all the Sunday ticket holders a voucher to attend a 2017 performance.
Rural Vermont is honored to have been part of this year’s event and grateful to be the beneficiary of last night’s performance – THANKS AGAIN TO EVERYONE. Check them out and make plans now to attend next year!
Rural Vermont Member Stephanie Walsh featured by Farm Aid
Rural Vermont’s mid-year grant report to Farm Aid features farmer member Stephanie Walsh reflecting on her experiences participating in all three Small Farm Action Days last winter/spring, which Farm Aid helped to fund. Read the profile below:
In 2013, Stephanie began building her own homestead and raw milk dairy. She bought a badly degraded northern Vermont farm and began bringing it back to life. Now she’s also an Organic Dairy Certification Specialist for NOFA-VT. She continues to struggle with the economics of being a small-scale farmer. In spite of the challenges of also being a new mom, Stephanie responded to Rural Vermont’s call for farmers to attend Small Farm Action Days because she knew that telling her story to legislators would be an important contribution to their understanding of the values that guide her farming practices.
Read the full profile here.