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.
08/21 Farm to Ballet Benefit for Rural Vermont
Von Gal Farm, ESSEX JUNCTION
Doors Open: 4:00pm
Show Starts: 6:00pm
The final show of the 2016 Summer season is a benefit for Rural Vermont and sure to be a crowd-pleaser! Join us early to enjoy live bluegrass by Red Barn Hayloft and a picnic dinner of tacos, burgers, kabobs, s’mores, and more — all thanks to Rural Vermont farmer members and a wonderful crew of food producers and chefs. The fun and food gets started at 4pm.
This show is quickly on its way to selling out. Get more information and purchase your tickets here!
Update on GMO Labeling
The news on Friday July 29th that President Obama had signed the federal GMO labeling bill that was rushed through Congress was not a surprise but it was a slap in the face for all of us who worked so hard over the past four plus years on Vermont’s historic GE Food Labeling law.
Although the travesty of democracy we have witnessed in the past few weeks is enormously frustrating and disheartening, it will not end our campaign for transparency in our food system. Please read on for a message from our partners in the Vermont Right to Know GMOs Coalition.