04/27: Final Small Farm Action Day

10am start time
The Vermont Statehouse
FREE and open to all, farmer stipends available
Exact locations may be subject to change. Please RSVP

RVT_VTLB_fp_Apr27_cmyk_01rh-page-001NOTICE: Farmer Stipends available! More details and how to apply here.

Let’s put a face on the “small farmer” and highlight the crucial role they are playing in the future of Vermont agriculture! Join us and introduce your farms to legislators and policy makers.  Share your story of the practices and values that guide your farming work and support water quality and your community.

Farmers getting briefed on the water quality law, Act 64, and the Required Agricultural Practices at the first Small Farm Action Day of 2016.

Farmers getting briefed on the water quality law, Act 64, and the Required Agricultural Practices at the first Small Farm Action Day of 2016.

In a morning briefing, Rural Vermont will share the status of pending bills that will impact small farmers, including one pertaining to on-farm slaughter and another about water quality and the forthcoming Required Agricultural Practices (RAPs). The morning program will also include a brief training and tips for effective citizen advocacy. For lots more details about the April event, check out the press release.

New for this final event of the 2016 legislative session, lawmakers will be invited to join Small Farm Action Day attendees during the lunch hour for an “Eat Like a Farmer” meet & greet featuring tasty samples of food provided by farmers. Those who have spent time at the State House before know how frustrating it can be to track down elected officials! This time, we’ll lure them to us – with farm fresh food! Legislators get to “eat like a farmer” and farmers get to talk about the issues of greatest concern with them.

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 Andrew. Thank you to the Vermont Community Foundation’s Small & Inspiring grant for making these stipends possible.

Check out what people are saying about Rural Vermont’s Small Farm Action Days!

Rural Vermont’s Small Farm Action Day brings farmers en masse to the Statehouse. What a brilliant idea! We get to meet our legislators, learn about and weigh in on issues that directly effect us everyday. This is a productive (and fun!) opportunity to come together with other farmers to catch up, share ideas and show strength in numbers. Don’t let the people in power decide what is good for Vermont farmers, come on and tell them!
– Lindsay Harris, Mountain Home Farm, Tunbridge

I was so appreciative of the opportunity to speak directly with legislators about some of the concerns I have as a farmer – particularly as we grapple with new regulations on best management practices. These changes are important for everyone and our collective air, water and soil quality, but legislators need input and education, on how this will impact farming in Vermont.  In my experience, they were deeply interested to learn more for the crafting of good laws.
– Kimberly Hagen, Osprey Hill Farm, Middlesex

Small Farm Action Day gives 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.

– Caitlin Elberson, Sobremesa & Wild Rhythms Farm, Marshfield

Please RSVP! RSVPing will allow us to make Small Farm Action Day most valuable to you.

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