What Does Membership to Rural Vermont Mean?
In short, membership to Rural Vermont is a vote for a future in which the vision expressed above becomes reality. It is a vote for an equitable local food system that benefits all Vermonters, along with a vibrant working landscape that supports generations to come. It is a vote for our efforts to advocate on behalf of Vermont farmers and the consumers who depend on them, and for our work to build resilient coalitions of related organizations and engaged individuals. But perhaps more than anything, membership to Rural Vermont means that you are one of the many who believe that this state is stronger and more vibrant when all Vermonters have equal opportunity to live in deep connection to one another and to the land that nourishes us all.
What Are the Benefits to Rural Vermont Membership?
Voting rights at annual meeting
Free or discounted admission to many events and social gatherings
Stipends for attendance to many events and State House opportunities
Direct access to all resources at our disposal
A voice in our decision-making process around specific campaigns
Our enduring gratitude and perhaps the occasional fist bump
Why Does Rural Vermont Need You as a Member?
Like all member-based organizations, Rural Vermont’s influence and capacity to carry out our work correlates directly to the strength of our membership. Part of this strength comes from membership dues, which comprise a significant portion of our modest annual budget. But equally, this strength derives from the simple fact that your membership means that your voice is added to the chorus of Vermonters (and a growing number of non-Vermonters) calling for the on-going resurgence of community-scale agriculture, for living soils and healthy humans, and for a vibrant working landscape that delivers vitality to all.
Become a member today and join the only organization working to remove the regulatory barriers that limit farmers’ ability to produce and their customers’ ability to buy the food they want to feed themselves and their families. Rural Vermont plays a critical and unique role within the local food movement. Help us grow stronger and more resilient community-based food systems!
You can join Rural Vermont by calling us with credit card information, sending a check to the address on the bottom of this page, or making a donation online.