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.


Last Stop on the Groundswell Tour!!

Wednesday, April 26th ~ 5:30-8:30pm
Sterling College, Simpson 3, 16 Sterling Dr. CRAFTSBURY COMMON

Join Rural Vermont, local host Meghan Stotko of Heartwood Farm, and friends & neighbors for a light dinner, live music by Jeanne & Jim with Fishhead, and a lively conversation.

 

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Next up on the Groundswell Tour ~ BURLINGTON!

Wednesday, April 19th ~ 5:30-8:30pm
ArtsRiot ~ 400 Pine St.

Food, cash bar, live music, and plenty of good people and good conversation!

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All set to join us? – RSVP today!


Thank you, Shaftsbury!

On Tuesday, April 4, the staff of Rural Vermont embarked on the long drive to the beautiful Shaftsbury Community Hall for the fourth stop of the 2017 Groundswell Tour. There, we were greeted by nearly 60 enthusiastic community members, including farmers, small business people, educators, and community organizers. As with every Groundswell stop thus far, it was tremendously encouraging to witness the generational diversity, from truly young, to sort of young, to not-so-young-but-still-brimming-with-vim-and-vigor.

Special thanks to everyone who turned out for this event, and especially to our intrepid director, Andrea Stander, who safely navigated the snow-and-slush covered roads (in a rented minivan without snow tires, no less!) to deliver us all home safe and sound in the wee hours of Wednesday morning. Onward we go to Burlington on April 19, and Craftsbury on the 26th. Come join us!

More Photos Here!