NOFA Vermont is committed to advocating for policies that strengthen our food system by supporting sustainable farming practices, improving economic opportunities for farmers, and expanding access to local and organic foods for all Vermonters. Maintaining an active voice in our political process is a critical goal of NOFA-VT, and our advocacy on issues from mandatory GMO labeling to food safety regulations continues to be inspired and supported by our community of gardeners, homesteaders, farmers and eaters.
We're all ears! Weigh in on NOFA-VT's policy priorities: Help shape NOFA-VT's policy priorities for the upcoming legislative session and beyond by taking a few moments to complete our brief issues survey. Whether you're a farmer, gardener, homesteader or just a lover of organic farms and food, we want to hear from you! Take the survey.
Looking to get involved in food and farming issues in VT and beyond? Email Maddie Monty, NOFA-VT Policy Advisor.
RECENT POLICY UPDATES
Fall 2016 NOSB Comments Submitted: Read the public comments made to the National Organic Standards Board on October 26, 2016 by Nicole Dehne, VOF Certification Director and Madison Monty, NOFA-VT Policy Advisor. Key issues addressed in our comments included hydroponics, container & greenhouse production, personnel performance evaluations of inspectors, strengthening the organic seed guidance, and excluded methods terminology (GMOs). Read our comments...
Keep the Soil in Organic! Join us at the Rally in the Valley on Oct. 30th: Since 2010, the NOSB recommendation prohibiting “organic hydroponic” growing has been totally ignored. Next month, the NOSB will be looking at this issue again and will make a crucial decision on keeping the soil in organic or allowing hydroponics to take over. RSVP to Maddie@nofavt.org Read more...
Questions for Candidates: Wondering where our state and federal candidates for office stand on critical food and farming issues? As the November election nears, here are our suggested questions for the candidates.
Final RAPs Released: On September 15th, the VT Agency of Agriculture filed the final Required Agricultural Practices (RAPs) Rule with the Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules (LCAR). The rules will take effect for the 2017 growing season and will impact most vegetable farms and many dairy and livestock farms in Vermont. Please contact AGR.WaterQuality@state.vt.us with questions about the RAPs.