11/17 On-Farm Slaughter & Meat Cutting with Mary Lake

This is a series of educational workshops on the slaughter and processing of two lambs guided by Mary Lake. Mary Lake is a professional itinerant slaughterer, butcher and sheep shearer who lives in Tunbridge. Join the full day and experience the whole process from slaughter to butchering during these two sequential workshops.

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Mollie Wills
Happy Birthday!

We celebrated 34 years of grassroots organizing, advocacy, and education at the beautiful Feast & Field Market in Barnard, VT on August 29th.

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Mollie Wills
Rural Vermont's testimony on healthcare!

Rural Vermont provided testimony to the Green Mountain Care Board at the Public Comment Hearing on Tuesday, July 23 regarding the proposed MVP and Blue Cross Blue Shield rate increases. Read Rural Vermont's comments below. Read the article in VT Digger about the hearing here.

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Mollie Wills
Hemp Rules are in the Hopper

The VT Agency of Agriculture conducted two required public hearings on the proposed Rules to implement the law governing Vermont’s state Hemp Program. Rural Vermont sent a representative to both meetings, provided testimony and submitted formal comments. Read Rural Vermont’s comments here. The DRAFT Rules will now be edited by VAAFM, based on the comments they received. There will be no further public hearings but Rural Vermont intends to stay in close communication with VAAFM about the final version of the Rules. Once finalized, the Rules must be submitted first to the VT Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules (LCAR) and then to the USDA. The VAAFM is working hard to get the final rules in place in time for this year’s hemp harvest.

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Mollie Wills
All Rural Vermont Donations Doubled

We’re working harder than ever to deliver greater equity, transparency, and opportunity to Vermont’s agricultural community, as well as to all those who depend on it for nourishment. We’ve just finished off a successful legislative session, which resulted in meaningful progress, and we’re remaining vigilant as discussions about a possible Payment for Eco-systems Services (PES) model works its way through both the ag community and the Statehouse. We need your support now, and thanks to a generous donor, all gifts will be doubled until we hit our goal of $15,000! Sign up for monthly giving and receive our limited-edition Make America Graze Again print by Erok.

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Mollie Wills
Major Victories!

Our legislative process is frequently compared (unkindly) to a “sausage factory” but this year it has produced some savory victories for small-scale farmers. And the key ingredients have been citizen advocacy and collaboration with other organizations. In the course of our four Small Farm Advocacy Day events at the State House over 20 farmers came to testify. In Rural Vermont’s history, we may have never been able to achieve so many meaningful improvements for farmers and our food system in a single legislative session. Thank you to everyone who participated this year! We look forward to continuing to work with you on implementing these new laws and preparing to make more progress next session..

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Mollie Wills
Rural Vermont welcomes Vandana Shiva to the State House

On Monday May 6th, under beautiful, if rare sunshine and blue skies, Rural Vermont was proud to co-host a visit by Dr. Vandana Shiva to the Vermont State House. Rural Vermont joined with Sterling College and many other organizations to sponsor the event which drew a crowd of over two hundred people. Dr. Shiva was in the midst of a Northeast tour promoting her new campaign for “Poison-Free Food and Farming by 2030”. At the State House, Dr. Vandana Shiva said: “For me the poison-free movement is the freedom movement of our times”

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Mollie Wills
Final Small Farm Advocacy Day Recap

Rural Vermont's 2019 Small Farm Advocacy Days provided the chance for dozens of Vermont farmers to share their stories, challenges and concerns with their legislators. Caroline Gordon, RV’s legislative intern, shares a recap of the event here.

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Coco Moseley
Support Rural Vermont!

Rural Vermont's events, advocacy, and outreach are only possible because of our members' support! Donate $35+ to Rural Vermont by May 15th, and our friends at Johnny's will help us thank you by offering a 25% discount on your tools and supplies order! Make your donation here

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Coco Moseley
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. 

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Coco Moseley
Rural Vermont Releases Policy & Hemp Survey Results

In October of 2018 Rural Vermont conducted a policy priorities survey of our membership and Vermont’s greater agricultural community. Our goal was to share information about some issues that we expect to be considered during the upcoming legislative biennium. We had an additional goal of seeking guidance from our community on how Rural Vermont should prioritize these issues. Read more here.

In August, Rural Vermont sent a survey to all of Vermont’s registered hemp producers and all the folks in the Rural Vermont database who have identified themselves as interested in hemp. The purpose of the survey was to gather information to help inform Rural Vermont’s strategy for engaging in the upcoming public rule-making process. We expect to have a timeline for the rule-making process by the beginning of 2019. Read some highlights from the Hemp Survey.

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Mollie Wills