Farm to Ballet–Dancin’ in the NEK!

Folks from the Northeast Kingdom and beyond gathered on a beautiful summer’s night for Farm to Ballet’s first performance in the neighborhood. The atmosphere was festive, the food was killer, the performance was magic, and the scenery was awe-inspiring. Thanks to everyone who came and everyone who made it possible.

And especially, our thanks to Meghan and Andy at Heartwood Farm for hosting, Farm to Ballet for dancing, and many stellar volunteers for helping the night run smoothly!

For more pictures, check out the event album, Here

July 11, 2017: Keep Us Growing!

Rural Vermont is 1/2 way to reaching our summer fundraising goal! We need your support to launch the next phase of Groundswell: transforming the ideas and insights we heard on the community conversation tour into concrete action!

Every contribution keeps us growing. For more info and to donate:

Let’s Continue What We Started Together: $15,000 Launches the Next Phase of the Groundswell Project

The intention of our Groundswell community conversation tour was to share Rural Vermont’s vision for a just transition to regenerative agriculture in Vermont, and also to learn more about how we can best serve the needs of Vermonters. By almost every conceivable metric, Groundswell was an overwhelming success … EXCEPT when it came to raising money.

Right now, we need your support to keep the Groundswell momentum strong, and to transform the ideas and insights we heard into concrete action! We need to raise $15,000 and we’re counting on you to get us there.

If you believe in an agricultural economy in which success is not measured solely by what is extracted from the land and community, but also by what is returned for the benefit of everyone, please make your Rural Vermont donation today.

Check out highlights from the Groundswell Tour, as illustrated by the talented Erok.

The Grand Finale!

After two months, six towns, and many, many hours of amazing conversation (not to mention the music and food!), Rural Vermont’s Groundswell Tour came to a close with a phenomenal evening at Craftsbury’s Sterling College. As with every one of these events, there were calls for more conversation, more community, and more justice in agriculture, economy, environment, and our society at large. It was even suggested that Rural Vermont rewrite Vermont’s constitution. Be warned: We’ve ordered up a fountain pen and scroll.

 Now that Groundswell has officially concluded, we begin the process of analyzing the many pages of valuable feedback we received. Within the next few weeks, we will report our findings to the communities we visited, as well as to our membership at large. We’ll also visit the statehouse to personally share what we learned with your representatives and encourage them to engage with their constituents around these crucial issues.

Finally, don’t be surprised to find us visiting your community sometime soon. We heard many, many things during this tour, but chief among them was the emphatic desire for Rural Vermont to remain engaged on a community-by-community level. Stay tuned for more, and thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone for the incredible support we were blessed with throughout these events.