1/27 Vermonters Together - Building a Better Future Rally
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by Rural Vermont
2w ago
On Saturday, January 27th, hundreds of Vermonters gathered in Montpelier for the Vermonters Together - Building a Better Future March & Rally to call for Legislators and the Governor to create a more equitable, peaceful and healthy economy in balance with our planet. Business and politics as usual have left the state scrambling in the face of extreme weather and geopolitical events during 2023. The result? An affordable housing crisis, social unrest, overwhelmed food shelves, low-income families spending over 5 times more of their monthly income on energy bills than higher-income families ..read more
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We Build Food Sovereignty to Ensure a Future for Humanity
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by Rural Vermont
2M ago
Mollie Wills and Jordan Treakle In early December 2023, as part of the National Family Farm Coalition (NFFC), Mollie Wills of Rural Vermont took part in the 8th International Conference of La Via Campesina (LVC), in Bogota, Colombia, joining 185 member other organizations from 83 countries. La Via Campesina, often referred to as the world’s largest social movement representing over 200 million farmers, peasant, fisherfolk, pastoralists, and other food providers, celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2022, and continues to be the preeminent political organization for rural communities globally. Mo ..read more
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Farmer-to-Farmer Exchange in Cuba
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by Rural Vermont
5M ago
In the last week of October 2023, the National Association of Small Farmers of Cuba (ANAP) hosted their renowned Farmer-to-Farmer methodology workshop at the Niceto Pérez National Farmer Training School in the province of Artemisa, Cuba. There were 31 participants in the program from across Central America, the Netherlands, Puerto Rico, and the United States, including Rural Vermont Director of Grassroots Organizing Mollie Wills and three other Vermonters.  In response to severe political and economic crises following the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, Cuba has become a ..read more
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Indigenous Peoples' Day: Local Indigenous-led Organizations and Initiatives
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by Rural Vermont
6M ago
We live, farm and work on the ancient, unceded land of the Abenaki Nation (N’dakinna). Today and every day we pay our humble respects as we honor the Abenaki peoples (Alnobak), their ancestors, current generations (elders, leaders, & families) and future generations. We pledge our hearts as co-stewards of this land with them to protect and nurture this land with our lives and future generations, together. Wliwni. Local Indigenous-led Organizations and Initiatives Abenaki Alliance Abenaki Land Link Project Atowi Project Vermont Indigenous Heritage Center Abenaki Arts and Education Center V ..read more
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NFFC Annual Gathering Reflections
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by Rural Vermont
7M ago
Last month I had the privilege to represent Rural Vermont at the National Family Farms Coalition (NFFC) annual gathering in Des Moines, Iowa. To be honest, without knowing much about NFFC prior to a month ago, I was more excited about going on a trip to a new place than about what might be in store for me at the gathering. But that changed very quickly over the ensuing three days as I met with, and learned from, some of the most passionate and engaged agricultural activists from around the country. Being a part of the Rural Vermont family in some form for two and a half years has allowed me to ..read more
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On-Farm Slaughter Factsheet (updated 08.28.23)
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by Rural Vermont
8M ago
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Youth Climate Activists Succeed in Montana with Rights for a Healthy Environment
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by Rural Vermont
8M ago
We celebrate youth climate activists who succeeded with their claims for a Right to a Healthy Environment last week at a District Court in Montana. The court decided that their rights are impaired by the state government's continuous promotion of fossil fuel industries. The ruling is now more forcefully demanding policy makers action on climate change.  At least twenty-two states have some kind of environmental protection clause in their constitution, that’s Alabama, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan,  Minnesota, Missouri, Mont ..read more
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7/10 Flood Resources
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by Rural Vermont
9M ago
In response to the devastating impacts of THE July 10th flooding, we are compiling a list of CURRENT farm and rural resources. We will keep this list updated as more resources become available and known. Farm Service Agency: If you have crop insurance contact your local office to report losses. NOFA is collecting info on farm impacts CCB is collecting info on impacts to licensed cannabis growers Vermont Emergency Management Website  New England 511 Road Closures Vermont River Levels & Forecast  Vermont Alert Emergency Notification System  vermont211.org F ..read more
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Take Action! 2023 Healthcare Proposed Rate Hikes
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by Mollie Wills
10M ago
Blue Cross Blue Shield VT and MVP have requested double digit premium rate increases for 2024. Vermonters can submit a public comment to the Green Mountain Care Board until July 24th. Thank you to allies at Vermont Legal Aid for the following information: Proposed Rate Increase:  The cost of health insurance is likely to go up in January for roughly 68,324 Vermonters who buy their insurance through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont and MVP Health Care. How much the price goes up will be decided by the Green Mountain Care Board after the rate review hearings in July. BCBSVT asks to ra ..read more
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Compost Awareness Week!
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by Rural Vermont
1y ago
It’s Compost Awareness Week! Sign up before the end-of the week to a free online compost training w. certification provided by the Institute for Local Self Reliance! Up in the Air! The Agency of Ag passed the January deadline to file a final proposal of rules with requirements for the management of imported food residuals and food processing residuals on a farm (Act 41, 2021). VAAFM staff ensured Rural Vermont that Guidance would be presented at the Vermont Organics Recycling Summit earlier this month. The recording of the May 2nd presentation will be available online here and showcases that r ..read more
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