Thank You! We made our goal and we are hitting the road!
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 support the Community Conversation Tour! Read more about the tour and how you can help here.
Stay tuned for dates and details! And to be the first to know, please join our mailing list.
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.
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.
Congress’ Sham GMO Labeling Bill Heads to the President
On Thurs. July 14th, the U.S. House joined the U.S. Senate in ignoring the demands of 90% of American consumers siding instead with industrial food interests and their horde of well-funded lobbyists. Once again, without allowing amendments to be considered, the House voted 306-117 to accept the Senate’s “compromise” bill. It is now headed to President Obama’s desk.
Rural Vermont and the VT Right to Know GMOs Coalition join the national coalition supporting REAL labeling of genetically engineered food in urging everyone to contact President Obama right away and urge him to veto this anti-consumer legislation that is nothing but a giveaway to the corporate industrial food complex.
Vermont’s packed statehouse during one of many public hearings on the GMO Labeling bill. Only one person testified in opposition to the bill, that it wasn’t strong enough!
We still urge you to take a moment today to thank Senator Patrick Leahy, Senator Bernie Sanders, and Congressman Peter Welch for leading the fight for transparency in our food system, and for having Vermont’s back. This struggle is not over and we still need their leadership. We will keep you updated on next steps in Vermont and nationally.
To get the latest updates on the GMO Labeling campaign,follow the VT Right to Know GMOs Facebook page.