Oct
17
12:00 AM00:00

Rural Vermont Supports: Climate Encampment: Youth, Migration, and Agriculture

Food, Community, Art, Music, Anti-Fascist Farmers' Market and More! Hosted by Extinction Rebellion Vermont and community partners.
Our house is on fire. We will not rest until the fossil fuel industry and government meet our demands for a just transition to a cleaner future. More details coming soon.

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Oct
18
9:00 AM09:00

On-Farm Slaughter Workshop with Itinerant Slaughterer Mary Lake

  • 209 Tilton Road Randolph, VT, 05060 United States (map)
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Howling Wolf Farm will host an educational workshop on the processing of two pigs from the farm. Mary Lake is a professional itinerant slaughterer, butcher and sheep shearer who lives in Tunbridge. Mary learned the craft of slaughter through several years of full-time work with the Royal Butcher in Randolph, which is a USDA inspected slaughter facility. Her expertise and engagement through testimony was essential for the new improvements to the On-Farm Slaughter law. At the workshop, Rural Vermont will present the requirements of the updated law and give room for questions and discussion.

This workshop is a collaboration between Howling Wolf Farm, UVM Extension Center for Sustainable Agriculture, the Vermont Grass Farmers Association, and Rural Vermont.

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Oct
30
6:30 PM18:30

The Joys & Challenges of Farming in Vermont

A panel discussion of modern farming in Vermont with Ben Hewitt as moderator. Panelists include Misse Axelrod of The Vermont Farm and Forest School at Drift Farmstead in Roxbury, Graham Unangst-Rufenacht of Robinson Hill Beef in Calais, and Edge Fuentes and Kate Spring of Good Heart Farmstead in Worcester.

Sponsored by the Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Hunger Mountain Coop, and Rural Vermont.

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Oct
13
10:00 AM10:00

Cedar Circle Farm Pumpkin Festival

Pumpkin Festival is a fun, family-friendly community event. Whether you’re a local or just visiting the area, join us for our 17th annual celebration of fall. Enjoy good food, live music, horse-drawn wagon rides from Streeter Woods Farm, fun and educational kids’ activities, and, of course, pumpkin picking. There’s something for everyone!

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Sep
20
9:00 AM09:00

Empty the Schools, Empty the Workplaces! Rural Vermont Joins Global Youth Strike

On September 20th, millions around the world will walk out of schools, workplaces, fields, and homes to join young climate strikers in the streets and demand an end to the age of fossil fuels. Rural Vermont joins the call for a just and inclusive transition towards comprehensive and immediate solutions to the climate crisis that are rooted in the respect for and dignity of all people, and that will protect and ensure the future of our earth and coming generations. The student strike kicks off a week of escalated climate actions across the state. Read on to see how and where you can get involved.

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Rural Vermont's Birthday Party!
Aug
29
5:00 PM17:00

Rural Vermont's Birthday Party!

It’s our Birthday, come make art! Rural Vermont is celebrating our 34th birthday by gathering at the Feast & Field Market in Barnard. Join staff in this fun & festive environment to chat about recent legislative progress, current policy priorities, and grassroots updates from the field. We’ll be silkscreening t-shirts and tote bags with original artwork by Erok Gillard. Bring a blank shirt or tote and print your own! We’ll have limited shirts, bags, & flags available by donation.

Feast & Field offers a variety of farmer and prepared food vendors, including farm fresh tacos and local ice cream, and there will be live Americana music by Haywire. Join us for a fun & creative evening of celebration!

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Party for a Pesticide-Free Vermont
Aug
1
5:00 PM17:00

Party for a Pesticide-Free Vermont

This spring, Vermont passed a law to restrict the use of pesticides known to kill our pollinators. Join Rural Vermont and the other members of the Pesticide Coalition to celebrate with a potluck on the State House lawn!

Vermont's new law classifies neonicotinoids as a restricted use pesticide, which means that the pollinator-killing pesticides can only be used by certified applicators. This is a big step forward to protect the pollinators we need to keep our food system healthy.

But we know we have more work to do! Join us on August 1st to celebrate and get involved in what comes next!


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Jul
26
4:30 PM16:30

Bread & Butter Farm: Burger Night

Burger Night  is a celebration of our community, this land, and the food that is grown here.  Each Burger Night features a family style from-the-land meal, live music, as well as farming inspired activities like interactive tours and art projects.  

Plus, Mister Chris & Friends will perform for the kiddos and invite families to join the cherished Burger Night Parade!  And Rural Vermont will be there to share news from our advocacy work in the Legislature and across the State!

We serve  6 oz. grass-fed beef burgers or grass-fed beef hot dogs (from our herd!), Vermont Bean Crafters veggie burger, Salads (fresh from our own organic gardens), and all of our favorite toppings - pickles, grilled scallions, fermented kraut and our special sauce. All meals come with a refreshing herbal tea and gluten-free cookie from Blank Page Café. As always, we are happy to accommodate most allergies and will offer gluten free & bunless options. Just let us know!

We provide a family style buffet line so you can fill your plates with our simple, delicious food!

Burger Night is a ticketed event.

No need to stress out & get here early for fear of the parking lot filling up – with your ticket, you have a guaranteed spot.

tickets: https://breadandbutterfarm.com/burger-night-tickets

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Jul
17
1:00 PM13:00

Reducing Labor and Costs in Intensive Pasture Poultry Management at Maple Wind Farm

Are you considering growing more birds? Join Bruce Hennessey at Maple Wind Farm’s poultry facility while he shares his experience raising laying hens, meat chickens and turkeys, from a backyard flock to scaling-up egg washing to processing thousands of birds in a state-inspected on-farm facility. He will focus on the ins and outs of managing costs and labor as you grow your flock. Vermont Grass Farmers Association hosts the event, and Rural Vermont's Caroline Gordon will be there to explain poultry processing rules and to answer your questions.

Registration is appreciated, it will help us gauge the crowd size. The Poultry Intensive Workshop is free for VGFA and Rural Vermont members, VGFA sponsors and $10 for non-members.

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Nourish Vermont
May
31
to Jun 1

Nourish Vermont

Come learn the core principles of traditional diets and explore how lifestyle and the environment in which you live impacts health.

Hosted at Shelburne Farms, Nourish Vermont is a program generously funded by The Forrest C. and Frances H. Lattner Foundation. Rural Vermont is a sponsor of the event.

Food served will align with the principles presented by the speakers, including nutrient-dense, locally and organically grown vegetables, pastured and grass–fed meat, raw dairy products, and fermented vegetables, all skillfully prepared by Frank Pace of Great Northern.

Exhibitors & Marketplace: Local and regional producers,  therapeutic practitioners and Nourish Vermont sponsoring organizations and businesses will be tabling in the East Hall of the Coach Barn.   Many items will be for sample and for sale.

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May
18
8:00 AM08:00

Creating Equity in Rural Communities

The RootSkills series is about building networks. We’re strengthening movements by making powerful, intersectional connections between a broad spectrum of participants all working towards a common goal.

An open call to our networks for workshop sessions has resulted in offerings that are about helping grassroots organizers develop their own solutions to complex environmental and social justice issues that affect where they live. Workshop sessions are both process and issue-based. This event will focus on racial and economic disparities as we consider in/equity in rural, New England communities.

Keynote Panelists:

Abel Luna, Migrant Jusitice
Ben Hewitt, Rural Vermont
Shay Stewart-Bouley, Black Girl in Maine

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May
8
6:00 PM18:00

Soil Series Turns to Action

The Soil Series: Grassroots for the Climate Emergency, a six-part series that ended (supposedly) on April 24, has sparked a movement of sorts. The 300 attendees learned how what we do to our soil can mitigate climate disasters, significantly reduce carbon from going into our atmosphere, and teach us how we might change the way we live and relate to each other. Find that hard to believe? Not so the attendees who have asked for another gathering just to develop action plans… for specific projects, as well as working on how to keep spreading the wisdom behind this deep understanding of our soil and climate systems.  

Sponsored by BALE and Vermont Healthy Soils Coalition, there will be a potluck meal from 6-6:30 followed by digging in to the action steps necessary to build the wisdom, the community and the movement. To view any of the six past programs, click HERE. For more info on May 8, click HERE.

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May
6
11:00 AM11:00

A Call For Poison-Free Food and Farming by 2030 with Dr. Vandana Shiva


Join acclaimed scientist and author Dr. Vandana Shiva as she presents an international pledge for “Poison Free Food and Farming by 2030’ to state policymakers and advocacy organizations. Policymakers and representatives from allied Vermont organizations will offer their support for poison free food and farming, while citizens sign onto the pledge in the company of Dr. Shiva. For more information contact the event organizer: catduffybuxton@gmail.com (802) 359-3330

Vermont Statehouse Lawn, Montpelier
Rain location: Pavilion Auditorium

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Small Farm Advocacy Day at the VT State House
Apr
25
8:30 AM08:30

Small Farm Advocacy Day at the VT State House

  • Vermont State House Montpelier, VT (map)
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Rural Vermont’s final Advocacy Day of the 2019 legislative session will be co-hosted by NOFA-VT. These events offer a great opportunity to meet your legislator, get oriented to the State House and the legislative process, and learn more about the issues and bills pertaining to agriculture and food systems.

Although we don’t know the specifics yet of what will be happening in the State House that day, we can guarantee you will have a chance to learn more about the legislative process, meet your legislators, observe committees in action and possibly witness final votes on the floor of the House and Senate. If you are interested, there may also be the opportunity to provide testimony on an issue you care about. RSVP now so we can keep you informed about the plans for the day.  We also have a limited number of Farmer Stipends to help offset the costs of taking a day away from the farm. AND as a special treat, (and effective lure for legislators) we will have delicious donuts courtesy of Miss Weinerz. Thank you Ren!

 


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Apr
24
6:30 PM18:30

A Soil Sponge to Cool the Planet

The Soil Series: Grassroots for the Climate Emergency

Speakers: Judith Schwartz, Jan Lambert, Henry Swayze

A collaboration between Building A Local Economy (BALE) and Vermont Healthy Soils Coalition (VHSC) with sponsorship by Rural Vermont

Calling all land managers, farmers, gardeners, seed savers, citizen scientists, conservationists, town planners,  educators, healers, and advocates, join us for a series of critical conversations about soil health and how we can become response-able to meet the climate emergency we face with confidence. There will be great food provided before and, following powerful panel dialogues guided by VHSC members, audience discussion on topics of food, soil, water, health, climate and hope. Together, we can explore what is possible in rehabilitating Vermont's soil health to hold our landscapes and communities together. This potent – and important – six-part series takes place on Wednesdays starting Feb. 27 at the Bethany Church in Randolph. Suggested donation $5 (donations not necessary). Each program features a social half-hour with great food provided by Black Krim Tavern, Randolph. Registration is not required.

Water is life! Living soil is the greatest storage tank and filter of fresh water, but it’s being depleted globally, resulting in water scarcity, desertification, flooding, droughts, declining water quality and poor public health. With good land stewardship and proper planning, we can harvest water and sink it into the ground, restoring water cycles, improving ecosystem health and cooling the planet simultaneously. There is enough cooling available to actually cool faster than greenhouse gasses are now warming.



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Apr
17
5:00 PM17:00

Meet Rural Vermont

Community Room at Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier

Meet your local small farm advocacy organization Rural Vermont. This workshop gives you the opportunity to learn about the past and current work Rural Vermont does to cultivate local agricultural and food systems that nourish the very communities in which they are nested. Presented by Rural Vermont staff Ben Hewitt and intern Caroline Gordon. Bring your questions, ideas, and friends!

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Apr
10
6:30 PM18:30

Social Mycelium: the Fiber of Community Resilience

The Soil Series: Grassroots for the Climate Emergency

Speakers: Mindy Blank, Simon Dennis, Chris Wood, Henry Harris

A collaboration between Building A Local Economy (BALE) and Vermont Healthy Soils Coalition (VHSC) with sponsorship by Rural Vermont

Calling all land managers, farmers, gardeners, seed savers, citizen scientists, conservationists, town planners,  educators, healers, and advocates, join us for a series of critical conversations about soil health and how we can become response-able to meet the climate emergency we face with confidence. There will be great food provided before and, following powerful panel dialogues guided by VHSC members, audience discussion on topics of food, soil, water, health, climate and hope. Together, we can explore what is possible in rehabilitating Vermont's soil health to hold our landscapes and communities together. This potent – and important – six-part series takes place on Wednesdays starting Feb. 27 at the Bethany Church in Randolph. Suggested donation $5 (donations not necessary). Each program features a social half-hour with great food provided by Black Krim Tavern, Randolph. Registration is not required.

Mycelium are a dynamic underground network of fungi that enable biological nutrient cycling. The social mycelium mimics this collective intelligence on a human scale with symbiotic interconnections that support the whole. What does it mean to build resilient communities and who will do the work?


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Apr
5
8:30 AM08:30

Vermont Young Farmers Coaliton Agricultural Advocacy Workshop

Are you interested in learning how to engage Vermont policy makers on agricultural policy and the unique challenges facing young farmers?

Then come join the Vermont Young Farmers Coalition on Friday, April 5th for a half day agricultural advocacy workshop!

David Howard, National Young Farmers Coalition's Northeast Campaigns Director, and Graham Unangst-Rufenacht, Rural Vermont's Lead Field Organizer,  will lead attendees in digging into the elements of a state policy campaign and how YOU can get involved in advocacy work in Vermont!

This workshop is open to all experience levels. No prior experience or knowledge required. Attendees will come away with tangible tools to start advocating for a brighter farming future, as well as a better understanding of how the Coalition engages in state policy work.

Agenda

Welcome - 8:15 - 8:30

Introductions an Overview - 8:30 - 9:00

Interactive advocacy workshop - 9:00 - 12:00

For more information, email meganbrowning@gmail.com

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Apr
4
3:00 PM15:00

Rural Vermont Tabling at the Hunger Mountain Co-op

Hunger Mt Co-op, Montpelier

After shopping at the Co-op, please stop by the Rural Vermont table and say hello to Rural Vermont's policy intern Caroline Gordon. She looks forward to sharing updates about Rural Vermont's priorities, campaigns, and upcoming events. Check out our new display board featuring beautiful artwork by erok Gillard, and pick up some Rural Vermont merchandise, including the popular Make America Graze Again bumper stickers. See you there!

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Mar
27
6:30 PM18:30

Building the Soil From the Ground Up

The Soil Series: Grassroots for the Climate Emergency

A collaboration between Building A Local Economy (BALE) and Vermont Healthy Soils Coalition (VHSC) with sponsorship by Rural Vermont

Calling all land managers, farmers, gardeners, seed savers, citizen scientists, conservationists, town planners,  educators, healers, and advocates, join us for a series of critical conversations about soil health and how we can become response-able to meet the climate emergency we face with confidence. There will be great food provided before and, following powerful panel dialogues guided by VHSC members, audience discussion on topics of food, soil, water, health, climate and hope. Together, we can explore what is possible in rehabilitating Vermont's soil health to hold our landscapes and communities together. This potent – and important – six-part series takes place on Wednesdays starting Feb. 27 at the Bethany Church in Randolph. Suggested donation $5 (donations not necessary). Each program features a social half-hour with great food provided by Black Krim Tavern, Randolph. Registration is not required.

The Soil Food Web was discovered in the 1990's, shifting our collective understanding of the interplay between plants and organisms while reshaping the way we think about and manage our landscapes.  Capturing sunshine with living plants and creating soil from organics waste will help us to feed the billions of soil organisms that weave our landscapes together, minimizing flood and drought effects, and creating habitat for new people and species who will be displaced by climate change.


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Mar
20
6:30 PM18:30

Storytelling Panel

The Soil Series: Grassroots for the Climate Emergency

Speakers: Katherine Oaks, Maddie Kempner, Sha'an Mouliert, Cheryl Herrick

A collaboration between Building A Local Economy (BALE) and Vermont Healthy Soils Coalition (VHSC) with sponsorship by Rural Vermont

Calling all land managers, farmers, gardeners, seed savers, citizen scientists, conservationists, town planners,  educators, healers, and advocates, join us for a series of critical conversations about soil health and how we can become response-able to meet the climate emergency we face with confidence. There will be great food provided before and, following powerful panel dialogues guided by VHSC members, audience discussion on topics of food, soil, water, health, climate and hope. Together, we can explore what is possible in rehabilitating Vermont's soil health to hold our landscapes and communities together. This potent – and important – six-part series takes place on Wednesdays starting Feb. 27 at the Bethany Church in Randolph. Suggested donation $5 (donations not necessary). Each program features a social half-hour with great food provided by Black Krim Tavern, Randolph. Registration is not required.

When people are left out of shaping the solutions to the problems they face, the solutions fail. To make a new food system we need everyone at the table, listening and communicating.How can we build a food system that creates options for people, and doesn’t leave anyone out, in order to ensure real and lasting sustainability? Stories can amplify the voices of people all across the food system. Let us listen.

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Mar
20
9:30 AM09:30

Small Farm Advocacy Day at the VT Statehouse

Our third advocacy day during the 2019 legislative session. Event is free and open to everyone who shares our vision of Vermonters living in deep connection to one another and to the land that nourishes us all. This will be a great opportunity to meet your legislator, learn about the legislative process, get a briefing on Rural Vermont's priority issues , ask questions, and get more involved in Rural Vermont’s advocacy efforts. RSVP and/or apply for farmer stipends here.

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Mar
13
6:30 PM18:30

Shielding Soil with Plants and Animals

The Soil Series: Grassroots for the Climate Emergency

Speakers: Tatiana Schreiber, Graham Unangst-Rufenacht, Lisa McCrory

A collaboration between Building A Local Economy (BALE) and Vermont Healthy Soils Coalition (VHSC) with sponsorship by Rural Vermont

Calling all land managers, farmers, gardeners, seed savers, citizen scientists, conservationists, town planners,  educators, healers, and advocates, join us for a series of critical conversations about soil health and how we can become response-able to meet the climate emergency we face with confidence. There will be great food provided before and, following powerful panel dialogues guided by VHSC members, audience discussion on topics of food, soil, water, health, climate and hope. Together, we can explore what is possible in rehabilitating Vermont's soil health to hold our landscapes and communities together. This potent – and important – six-part series takes place on Wednesdays starting Feb. 27 at the Bethany Church in Randolph. Suggested donation $5 (donations not necessary). Each program features a social half-hour with great food provided by Black Krim Tavern, Randolph. Registration is not required.

Principles of soil health tell us that the worst thing we can do is have bare ground exposed to the elements, a phenomena rarely found in nature. Multifunctional landscapes that integrate trees, shrubs, plants and animals can rebuild soils, enhance biodiversity, and improve livelihood strategies for our agricultural communities. We will discuss the value of integrating trees, perennial edibles, and animals into our farms and gardens (and surrounding landscapes) and the ways this in turn enhances soil biological health and healthy agroecosystems as a whole.


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Rural Vermont Benefit Bake at American Flatbread - Burlington Hearth
Mar
5
5:30 PM17:30

Rural Vermont Benefit Bake at American Flatbread - Burlington Hearth

American Flatbread - Burlington Hearth, 115 St. Paul St., BURLINGTON

On this special night, our friends at American Flatbread - Burlington Hearth are donating a portion of all eat-in and take-out flatbread to Rural Vermont. Rural Vermont staff will be onsite to answer questions, offer updates, and share our "New (Almost) Free Little Library" featuring all kinds of ag & food books by donation. Please come on by to say hello, have some flatbread, and support Rural Vermont!


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Feb
28
9:30 AM09:30

Small Farm Advocacy Day at the Vermont Statehouse

Vermont State House, Montpelier

At this next event of our State House series, farmers and their allies will be able to speak with both the House and Senate Agriculture Committees. HOWEVER – you do not have to speak in order to participate – simply your presence in the State House and the Committee rooms has a big impact!

For the Feb 28th event, we are asking participants to bring stories from their farms and communities that relate to: particular challenges and/or opportunities they see, and any of the core issues Rural Vermont is working on, including: Maintaining and improving the On-Farm Slaughter law; how current and proposed regulations of wetlands affect farmers; funding for water quality; proposed changes to Act 250 that would affect agricultural and forestry practices; funding for Farm-to-School and Farm to Plate programs; and supporting agricultural practices that grow soil and climate change resiliency.

In addition to the opportunity to participate in the Committee meetings, Rural Vermont will provide a briefing on our core issues, an overview of the legislative process, and help you connect with your own elected representatives.

Farmer stipends are available to offset the costs of childcare, transportation, and relief farm labor. If a farmer stipend would help, note that in your RSVP form. Please RSVP as soon as possible and not later than Tues. Feb 26th as space is limited and we will want to let your legislators know you are coming!

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Feb
27
6:30 PM18:30

Ground to Body: Soil Health & Human Health

The Soil Series: Grassroots for the Climate Emergency

Speakers: Didi Pershouse, Grace Gershuny, Michael Denmeade

A collaboration between Building A Local Economy (BALE) and Vermont Healthy Soils Coalition (VHSC) with sponsorship by Rural Vermont

Calling all land managers, farmers, gardeners, seed savers, citizen scientists, conservationists, town planners,  educators, healers, and advocates, join us for a series of critical conversations about soil health and how we can become response-able to meet the climate emergency we face with confidence. There will be great food provided before and, following powerful panel dialogues guided by VHSC members, audience discussion on topics of food, soil, water, health, climate and hope. Together, we can explore what is possible in rehabilitating Vermont's soil health to hold our landscapes and communities together. This potent – and important – six-part series takes place on Wednesdays starting Feb. 27 at the Bethany Church in Randolph. Suggested donation $5 (donations not necessary). Each program features a social half-hour with great food provided by Black Krim Tavern, Randolph. Registration is not required.


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Feb
17
2:45 PM14:45

The Impact of Policy on Vermont's Food Traditions

  • University of Vermont-Davis Center (map)
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Rural Vermont presents at the NOFA Winter Conference with RV staff Graham Unangst-Rufenacht and Ben Hewitt

This workshop will explore how policy and the resulting regulations impact the food traditions of our state, as well as broader, inter-sectional implications relating to climate, economic viability, and the health of Vermonters and the land. The focus will be a clear and concise explanation of the policy landscape, as well as an honest assessment of related outcomes.  

NOFA's 37th annual Winter Conference is Feb 16th-18th. Rural Vermont is proud to sponsor! Rural Vermont members can learn more and register today at member rate using access code NOFA-19RV at www.nofavt.org/conference. Email winterconference@nofavt.org or call 802-434-4122 with questions.


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Feb
15
1:00 PM13:00

Farm to Plate's Farmland Access and Stewardship Working Group Meeting

Chaired by Rural Vermont staff Graham Unangst-Rufenacht
Location: Vermont Law School

This meeting will explore the issue of solar siting in Vermont: how the process for siting works at the State and regional levels (within VT), how siting works for lands in conservation and agricultural easement, opportunities for grazing, how other State's processes compare with VT's, and some common concerns and tensions - with time for questions and discussions.  We will also begin to discuss how farmland access organizations are adapting to changing needs in the farming community - determining how best to contribute to, or aid in the progression of this conversation. For more info, email graham@ruralvermont.org.

The Farmland Access and Stewardship Working Group focuses on strategies that expand farmland conservation, increase farmers’ access to affordable farmland, and promote best practices around agricultural land use and soil and water quality.

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2018 Annual Meeting & Celebration
Nov
5
6:00 PM18:00

2018 Annual Meeting & Celebration

Rural Vermont’s Annual Meeting & Celebration is just around the corner, and this year, we look forward to heading to southern Vermont!

Join us at the Evening Star Grange in Dummerston Center on November 5th for live old-time banjo and fiddle music by Nathaniel Rowan and Nate Paine, a shared meal, an opportunity to meet and welcome our incoming Board members, our legendary fall raffle, an update on Rural Vermont’s priorities and plans, and good old time with friends and neighbors.

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