Rural Vermont’s Pitchfork Series continues with “Roadmap to the Statehouse” on Friday, April 27th from 10am-2pm at the Vermont Statehouse. The event will include a briefing on current issues and legislation affecting small farms and the communities they serve, as well as training in effective advocacy and assistance in meeting with the state’s lawmakers. All who value Vermont’s working landscape are welcome to attend. Lt. Governor David Zuckerman, who is also a farmer, will be hosting Rural Vermont’s “Roadmap to the State House” participants in his office.
“Roadmap to the Statehouse” will include a Statehouse orientation, introduction to the legislative process, tips for effective citizen advocacy, and a briefing on pending and passed bills of impact to small farmers. There will also be a “meet & greet” with lawmakers and constituents, followed by meetings with legislators over lunch. Participants may also choose to tour the Statehouse and observe House and Senate floor debates.
In the words of Caitlin Elberson of Sobremesa, a farm-based fermented food business in Marshfield, and a participant in previous Rural Vermont citizen advocacy events, “[Rural Vermont’s Statehouse events] give farmers the opportunity to share their stories, successes, and challenges with each other and with our representatives. Rural Vermont helped empower us with the skills needed to effectively communicate with our legislators.”
To make it easier for farmers to participate in the “Roadmap to the Statehouse”, Rural Vermont will offer stipends to help farmers cover costs associated with childcare, temporary farm labor, and transportation.
“Roadmap to the Statehouse” is a free event and open to all. Please RSVP below to reserve your spot and/or apply for a farmer stipend.