Feb
17
2:45 PM14:45

The Impact of Policy on Vermont's Food Traditions

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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
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 fams 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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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
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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Small Farm Advocacy Day at the VT State House
Jan
31
10:00 AM10:00

Small Farm Advocacy Day at the VT State House

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Rural Vermont’s first Advocacy Day of the 2019 legislative session 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.

Schedule

10-10:30 - Introductions and Orientation to the State House & Citizen Advocacy

10:30-11:00 - Walking tour of the State House - orientation to legislative process

11:00-11:45 - How to use the Legislative website and Rural Vermont's advocacy resources

11:45-12:45 - Lunch and opportunities to meet your legislators

12:45-1:15 - Visit House Chamber for start of Floor Session

1:15 - 2:00 - Debrief and Q&A on legislator meetings


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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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Pesticides & Herbicides: Farm Tour & Panel Discussion
Sep
9
4:00 PM16:00

Pesticides & Herbicides: Farm Tour & Panel Discussion

Rural Vermont and The Farm Between will explore the use of pesticides and herbicides in Vermont.  John Hayden will provide a tour of The Farm Between and its goals and practices in relationship to pollinator and insect health; a panel will provide information and perspective on policy, research, practices, and responses (on and off farm) related to pesticide use; and there will be time for socializing as we enjoy food from the wood-fired NOFA pizza oven and snow-cone slushies made from The Farm Between's own simple syrups!  

Our goals are for folks to leave this event with more information about pesticides, policy related to pesticides, and what people and communities in Vermont - on and off the farm - are doing in response.

For planning purpose, please RSVP to Shelby at shelby@ruralvermont.org or here: https://www.facebook.com/events/219959005347632/
* LIMITED PARKING! PLEASE CARPOOL!
* LITTLE SEATING! BRING A CAMP CHAIR!

Location: 3727 Vermont Route 15 Jeffersonville, Vermont 05464

 

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Creative Solutions, Persistent Challenges: Land Access For New Farmers
Mar
21
6:15 PM18:15

Creative Solutions, Persistent Challenges: Land Access For New Farmers

To include meal catered by Black Krim
Free for Farmers | $10-$15 suggested donation for everyone else

A panel discussion will lead off the evening with a shared dialogue on the future of Vermont’s working landscape that depends on equitable land access and successful transition of current operations. In an era of increasing real estate prices, challenges of development pressure, and marginalized farm viability, how can the working lands future we all envision for Vermont be realized? Farmers who will present are: Lila Bennett  from Tangletown Farm in West Glover; Corie Pierce from Bread & Butter Farm in Shelburne; and Graham Unangst-Rufenacht of Robinson Hill Beef in Calais/Plainfield.

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