November 1st marks the beginning of Rural Vermont’s year-end fundraising campaign, our biggest and most important appeal of the year. To help us hit the ground running, one big-hearted donor has offered to add $50 to the first 50 donations we receive! Please make your contribution early (now?!) to take advantage of this generous offer.

As we approach the beginning of yet another year (our 35th!), we at Rural Vermont are feeling hopeful, humbled, and buoyed by the incredible outpouring of support and enthusiasm we’ve received over the past 12 months. Thank you for your commitment to our work, and also for caring so deeply about inhabiting a landscape of thriving farms and vibrant communities.

It is no exaggeration to say that this has been a transformative year for Rural Vermont, made possible by folks just like you. Your contribution TODAY moves us even closer to a Vermont in which all farmers have equal opportunity to prosper, and all Vermonters have equal access to nourishing foods produced with reverence for all human and non-human beings, as well as for the land that supports us all.

While our work over the past year has been multi-faceted, including a brand new website (yes, this one!), as well as a diverse slate of events as part of our Pitchfork Series, we are particularly excited about our focus on building strong, effective coalitions with other agricultural and social justice based organizations. These partnerships enhance our capacity and amplify our ability to impact the public policy arena, where we have the opportunity to cultivate meaningful change on behalf of all Vermonters who believe that a flourishing and inclusive agricultural community is essential to our collective well-being. And to the well-being of generations to come.

Right now, we’re busy analyzing the results of our first policy survey in nearly a decade and identifying priorities for the years ahead. We’re excited to work with our partners and constituents to continue ensuring that our collective voice is heard, and that the future of Vermont’s agricultural and food systems is rooted in equity and opportunity for all.

We need your support now to lay the groundwork for the upcoming year. Simply put, your contribution means we accomplish more in 2019, which means more opportunities for farmers to serve their community members, while improving the health of the land upon which we all depend. Please help us maintain Rural Vermont’s momentum by giving today.

In deep and enduring appreciation,

Ben, Coco, Graham, Shelby, and the Board of Directors
P.S. Please consider automated giving! You can give monthly or annually with a debit/credit card or bank transfer. Our sustainers enjoy uninterrupted Rural Vermont membership status, while helping us to manage our cashflow and minimize administrative costs. PLUS, those who sign up for auto giving by December 31st will be entered to win a $50 Johnny’s credit!