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THURSDAY March 30, 2017 – 9AM-2PM
And additional dates in APRIL, TBA based on the legislative schedule
At the Vermont State House – Ethan Allen Room (located at the back of the cafeteria on the 2nd floor)
NOTE: Exact locations may be subject to change due to legislative scheduling

FREE and open to all, farmer stipends available

For this week’s Small Farm Action Day the spotlight will be on S.9 a bill that proposes to increase the number of poultry that can be processed and sold from the farm without inspection. This bill has already passed the Senate and is now being considered by the House Agriculture & Forestry Committee. Rural Vermont recommends that the bill be amended to make it helpful to more farmers. We will also be providing briefings on other legislation that is relevant for farmers and rural communities in general.

No experience is necessary. Rural Vermont staff will provide information and support to help you meet with your elected representatives and other officials as well as learn about the legislative process. Please RSVP HERE so we can make the most of your visit to the State House.

Hard to get away for a day? We are excited to announce that stipends will be available to farmers who want to participate and could use help covering the costs associated with being away from the farm and from home (transportation, relief farm help, & childcare). More information and how to apply here, or email Andrea.


Tuesday, March 28th / 5:30-8:30pm / Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hill
(rescheduled from March 14th due to snowstorm Stella)

With local host Kate Bowen of Meadowdale Farm and graphic note-taker Erok Gillard
Appalachian Old-Time Music by Nathaniel Rowan & Nate Pine
Cash bar and Light dinner provided by Putney Co-op, Red Hen Bakery, Champlain Orchards, volunteers, and more
Sponsored by Food Connects, the Gleanery, and Putney Food Co-op

Join us for an evening of lively conversation, brain-storming, live music, art-making, and superb food for all. Says recent Groundswell attendee Mara Hearst of E. Dorset, “SUCH a great night! I admire … the Rural Vermont crew so much for the creativity and positivity that you bring to host meaningful discussions.”

It’s not too late to RSVP! See you at Next Stage on Tuesday!

Groundswell Tunbridge: A Success!

Thank you to everyone who came out to our premiere Groundswell Tour event at the Tunbridge Town Hall on Wed. Feb. 22.   There was plenty of delicious food provided by the Good Food Truck, Red Hen Bakery, Miss Weinerz, and many of those who attended. We also had great live music by Doug Perkins, and most importantly a very engaging discussion about local and statewide concerns for the future of our food system and our rural communities.  Thank you as well to our hard-working volunteers and our local sponsors Building a Local Economy (BALE), South Royalton Market, and Vermont Law School Center for Agriculture & Food Systems.

We had capacity attendance by community members – of all ages and occupations – and truly dynamic participation from the crowd throughout the night.  We heard about a great number of different concerns and challenges facing people, as well as numerous organizing efforts already underway in communities, and opportunities for moving forward together.  Some of the ideas and concerns we heard were:

  • Rural Vermont should host more social events like this – bringing people together talking about meaningful issues!
  • Low incomes, income inequality, general affordability, and land access are all challenges
  • More education about regenerative agriculture!
  • Long rural commutes and transportation challenges affect how communities live together
  • More community scale infrastructure – from food hubs to gathering spaces
  • Opportunities for filling existing empty storefronts
  • Rural Vermont’s work on policy is critical!

Come and bring your friends to Rural Vermont’s next Groundswell event in Putney on Tuesday, March 28th! The event is at Next Stage Arts, located at 15 Kimball Hill, from 5:30-8:30pm. We’ll provide a light dinner and there will be a cash bar, as well as live Appalachian old-time music during the breaks. The Putney event is locally sponsored by Food Connects and the Putney Food Co-op.

We also have upcoming community conversation tour stops in Rutland, Shaftsbury, Burlington, and Craftsbury Common.  See the complete schedule here. We hope to see you on the Tour!

Join Us For Small Farm Action Days 2017!

Thursday, March 30, 2017
TBA April, 2017 (based on the legislative schedule)

Vermont State House – Ethan Allen Room
NOTE: Exact locations may be subject to change
FREE and open to all, farmer stipends available

Find more information here.