Groundswell: Community Conversations about Land Use, Livelihood, Food, and the Future of Vermont
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Rural Vermont will launch “Groundswell”, a statewide community conversation tour on Wednesday February 22nd at Tunbridge Town Hall, 227 VT Route 110. The event is from 5:30-8:30pm, free, and open to all. RSVP and apply for farmer and childcare stipends here or (802)223-7222.
Rural Vermont’s Community Conversation Tour will engage communities in dialogue about land use, livelihood, food, and the future of Vermont. At each of the Tour stops, Rural Vermont farmer-leaders and staff will present a vision for an agricultural economy in Vermont that delivers health and vitality to farmer, eater, soil, environment, and community alike.
Attendees will be invited to identify priorities, barriers, and pathways to systemic change at the individual, community, and statewide levels. Rural Vermont will use the results from all Tour events to shape its plan for moving Vermont towards this shared vision for a just agriculture and economy which serve all Vermonters and the land we inhabit.
At the Tunbridge gathering, local host Lindsay Harris of Mountain Home Farm in Tunbridge will welcome attendees. The community conversation will be punctuated by a light dinner provided by Rural Vermont, an original poem “the Culture of Agriculture” written and performed by Taylor Katz of Free Verse Farm in Chelsea, and live guitar-picking by Doug Perkins during the breaks. The Tunbridge event is sponsored by Building a Local Economy (BALE), South Royalton Market, and Vermont Law School’s Center for Agriculture and Food Systems.
Farmer and childcare stipends are available, on a limited basis, to make it easier for farmers and families to participate.
Rural Vermont recognizes the urgency of the crises we face and envisions a future where Vermont farmers thrive while nourishing their communities with nutrient-dense food grown from healthy animals and living soils, where profits stay local and support small businesses, where farmers are incentivized to adopt regenerative practices that sequester carbon and fight climate change, and where every Vermonter can determine what food is best for their family to eat.
The time has come to transition Vermont’s agricultural economy to one in which success is not measured solely in gallons, pounds, or dollars extracted from the land, but also by the health and vitality of all its stakeholders: Farmers, consumers, businesses, crops, animals, and soils. We cannot wait for Washington or Montpelier to begin this transition; we must act now to create a vibrant future for all.
Rural Vermont’s “Groundswell” is made possible with lead support from Action Circles and Chelsea Green Publishing; and additional support from Bob White Systems, the Farmhouse Group, Farm to Ballet, Grow More Waste Less, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Miss Weinerz, NOFA-VT, Rutland Area Farm & Food Link, The Skinny Pancake, Vermont Compost Company, Vote Hemp, and Weston A. Price Foundation.
Groundswell continues with stops in Putney, Rutland, Shaftsbury, Burlington, and Craftsbury Common throughout March and April. For more information about Groundswell and to RSVP, call (802) 223-7222 or RSVP.
Your RSVP not only helps us plan, but it will enter you to win prizes (!) and ensure you receive logistical details about the event you’re attending, along with last minute changes due to weather. Plus it’s how you apply for farmer and childcare stipends.
Get more info about Groundswell, including the full schedule, at www.ruralvermont.org.