Rural Vermont brings“Groundswell”, a statewide community conversation tour, to Putney on March 14that the Next Stage, located at 15 Kimball Hill. The event is from 5:30-8:30pm, free, and open to all. RSVP and apply for farmer and childcare stipends at www.ruralvermont.org.

Rural Vermont’s Community Conversation Tour is engaging 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 are presenting 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 toidentify 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 itsplan for moving Vermont towards this shared visionfor a just agriculture and economy which serve all Vermonters and the land we inhabit.

At the Putney gathering, local host Kate Bowen of Meadowdale Farm will welcome attendees. The community conversation will be punctuated by a light dinner and cash bar, withlive musicduring the breaks. The Putney event is locally sponsored byFood Connects and the Putney Food Co-op.

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 fromBob White Systems, the Farmhouse Group, Farm to Ballet,the Frankenburg Agency,Geobarns,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 Rutland, Shaftsbury, Burlington, and Craftsbury Common throughout March and April. For more informationand to RSVP, call (802) 223-7222 or visit www.ruralvermont.org.

Since 1985, Rural Vermont has been amplifying the voices of farmers and advocating for a fair food system through education, organizing, and advocacy.