We made it!

We’ve wrapped up our summer fundraising drive and want to extend a huge thanks to each and every one of the 219 supporters who pitched in. Now let’s dig in!

Changes to the “chicken bill”!

In the 2017 legislative session, an amendment was passed to the original “chicken bill” that Rural Vermont successfully advocated for a decade ago. These recent changes are significantly expanding opportunities for farmers to produce, process and sell poultry from the farm without inspection.

Bill Pearce of Hillside Farm in W. Glover is among the poultry producers taking advantage of this new law!

The new law both preserves the existing 1,000 bird exemption and provides two additional levels of on-farm production, processing and sale of poultry without inspection: a 5,000-bird exemption and a 20,000-bird exemption. Each additional level of production carries additional requirements related to the processes and facilities used for production.

 If you are taking advantage of the law or considering it, please let us know. And as always, be in touch with questions or concerns. Contact Graham or
call the Rural Vermont office at 802-223-7222.

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

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.