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Thursday, November 1oth at 6pm
Unitarian Church of Montpelier
130 Main Street
Open to all – contributions welcome
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In 5 Weekends: Aug 27-28, Sep 17-18, Oct 15-16, Oct 22-23, Nov 5-6
Taught by Chris Jakson and Lizabeth Moniz
All Together Now, East Montpelier
7:00 pm at Merrill’s Roxy Cinema, Burlington
8:30 am to 3:30 pm
Cerridwen Farm, Green Mountain College, 436 Grandville, Poultney, VT
Goddard College Haybarn Theater
$10 suggested donation
Vermont State Colleges, 575 Stonecutters Way, Montpelier, VT
1:00 – 4:00pm
The organic farmers and eaters of northern New England will be gathering at noon on Sunday, Oct 30 at Cedar Circle Farm in East Thetford, Vermont. The organic community will come together to make our voices heard by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). There will be a tractor cavalcade, some speechifying, pizza from the NOFA oven, food from the Skinny Pancake, and music. Come rain or shine to celebrate organic farming and let the USDA know that we care!
Senator Patrick Leahy will be joining us, and this Rally will be our chance to thank him for his many years of hard work trying to maintain the integrity of the National Organic Program.
Organic farmer Eliot Coleman is coming from Maine. Eliot is truly an Agrarian Elder in organic farming. He will talk about why this issue is so important to the future of organic.
The NOSB will be having a crucial vote in mid November to decide whether to keep the soil in organic. We are now seeing an explosion of hydroponic berries, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and lettuce coming into stores. It is labeled as organic but is not identified as hydroponic. Since 2010, the NOSB recommendation prohibiting “organic hydroponic” growing has been totally ignored.
Driscoll’s Berries is now selling over 1000 acres of hydroponic berries as organic. There are dramatic increases in many other crops as well. Unchallenged, this hydro invasion will transform the “certified organic” produce available to most Americans from soil grown to hydroponic. And there will be no way of knowing what is hydroponic, and what is soil grown.
The NOSB is facing an uphill battle in challenging this industrial behemoth. With a lot of money at stake, there is strong lobbying by the hydroponic trade groups to sway or block the NOSB vote. The only way we will stop this is to gather together and make our voices heard.
NOFA Vermont will be making a short film of this event, which we will present as testimony at the Fall NOSB meeting in St. Louis. This might be our last chance to speak loudly and clearly to keep organic certification real.
Senator Leahy, Congressman Peter Welch, and Senator Bernie Sanders have all supported NOFA’s position in this struggle, writing public letters to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. The Vermont Congressional delegation, along with 40 international organizations and over a thousand organic farmers and supporters, have submitted petitions and letters calling for a moratorium on all new hydroponic certification until this failed system can be fixed.
Last fall 100 organic farmers and supporters showed up at Stowe, Vermont for the Fall meeting of the NOSB. That impromptu rally shook up the meeting in a very friendly way, making international news. Vermont’s farmers have definitely changed the course of the discussion. The pressure for change has continued. Now the vote is coming, and we need to make sure it goes the right way. We won’t get a second chance.
In case of rain, gather at the Pavilion on Pavilion Road, right next to Cedar Circle Farm.
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PLEASE SUBMIT A SHORT WRITTEN TESTIMONY telling the NOSB to stop certifying hydroponics by going to:
Please join us to Keep the Soil in Organic.
The following farmers and supporters ask you to join us at the
Rally in the Valley:
Eliot Coleman – 4 Seasons Farm
Enid Wonnacott- NOFA Vermont
Kate Duesterberg & Will Allen – Cedar Circle Farm
Roger Noonan – Middle Branch Farm
David Zuckerman & Rachel Nevitt – Full Moon Farm
Nicole Dehne – Vermont Organic Farmers
Jake Guest – Killdeer Farm
Paul Harlow – Harlow Farm
Anne and Jack Lazor – Butterworks Farm
Pete Johnson – Pete’s Greens
Jack Manix – Walker Farm
Howie Prussack – High Meadows Farm
Mike Collins – New Athens Farm
Maddie Monty – NOFA Vermont
Greg Stevens – NOFA Vermont
Kim Mercer – NOFA Vermont
Karl Hammer – Vermont Compost
Steven Wisbaum – Champlain Valley Compost
Russell Pocock – Ferme Sanders
Ben Uris – Foster Farm Botanicals
Andre Cantelmo – Heron Pond Farm
Justin Rich – Burnt Rock Farm
Bruce Kaufman – Riverside Farm
Norah Lake, Chris Polashenski, & Lauren Stevens – Sweetland Farm
Davey Miskell- Miskell’s Premium Organics
Dave Chapman & Claudia Henrion – Long Wind Farm
Liz Henderson – NOFA NY
Andrew Knafel- Clear Brook Farm
Steve Gilman- NOFA Interstate Cßouncil
Tom Beddard- Lady Moon Farms
Jon Satz – Wood’s Market Garden
Deo Honigford – Hurricane Flats Farm
Danielle Allen & Ben Dana – Root 5 Farm
Christa Alexander & Mark Fasching – Jericho Settlers Farm
Greg Georgaklis- Farmers To You
Mike Brownback – Spiral Path Farm
Adrianna Natsoulas – NOFA NY
Tim Sanford & Suzanne Long – Luna Bleu Farm
David Marchant a& Jane Sorensen – River Berry Farm
9am-noon, Room 11 at the Vermont State House, Montpelier
8:00 am to 7:00 pm
Lake Morey Inn, Fairlee, VT
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