How We Carry Out Our Work:
● We organize and advocate for public policy that supports ecological, social, and economic health. We have a regular presence in the State House, and prioritize communication with our constituency and farmer leaders to define priorities, strategize solutions, and mobilize action.
● We train farmers and community members to be effective citizen advocates. We offer customized support, as well as a State House series that provides folks with the skills, confidence, and support to navigate and influence the legislative process.
● We offer accessible information and support on complex public policy issues, helping farmers understand the opportunities and limitations of agricultural laws, and offering agricultural literacy resources to the general public. We offer workshops, fact sheets, and regular updates to our network, as well as field weekly inquiries.
● We cultivate community among our supporters through social and issue-based events. This has included victory parties, farm tours, panels, and more. As a result, our network is more deeply connected to each other and to Rural Vermont.
● We are actively engaged in about a dozen coalitions and working groups pursuing distinct, but related, agendas. In coalition with these other groups, we strategize how each of us can best leverage our unique resources, perspective, and experience to make collective gains.
● We view intersectional and broader justice issues (e.g. healthcare, pay equity, climate crisis) through the lens of agriculture, and bring the perspective of farmers to these conversations.