The legislative session had to go virtual this year and so does advocacy! Join NOFA-VT, Rural Vermont and Action Circles between February and April for our Small Farm Action Day event series, including monthly advocacy trainings and "Meet and Greets" with legislators (hosted via Zoom), from February through April.
This FREE event series includes advocacy trainings concurrent with a series of meet and greets (hosted via Zoom), during which farmers will have the opportunity to share their stories and their own policy recommendations with legislators from a wide variety of legislative committees, including the House and Senate Agriculture Committees.
Virtual Advocacy Trainings for Farmers
During these trainings, farmers, farmworkers, foodies and activists will learn about virtual advocacy from our partners at Action Circles. Participants will be briefed on NOFA-VT and Rural Vermont's priority issues for this legislative session and get to prepare a presentation of their own issues to legislators.
- Thursday 2/11, 11:30am - 1:30pm (RSVP here)
- Thursday 3/11, 11:30am - 1:30pm (RSVP here)
- Thursday 4/8, 11:30am - 1:30pm (RSVP here)
Farmer Meet and Greets with Legislators
Join NOFA-VT and Rural Vermont for a lunchtime zoom meeting where participants of the advocacy training get to present their issue to legislators followed by questions, brief discussions and most importantly the ability to advance a cause through relationship building. Anyone is welcome to RSVP for this event to listen in, regardless of a participation at the advocacy training - legislators are highly encouraged to do so!
- Wednesday 2/24, 10:30am - noon (RSVP here)
- Wednesday 3/17, 10:30am - noon (RSVP here)
- Wednesday 4/14, 10:30am - noon (RSVP here)
Do you have to participate in both events?
No, but we encourage you to sign up for both events in the same month to get the full experience. We understand that this will not be possible for everyone, so you can also register for events individually.
Note: Participants of the advocacy training will be prioritized for the available time slots to speak up on issues in the meet and greet with legislators. Reach out to [email protected] if you would like to present at a Meet and Greet event without participating in the previous advocacy training.