A special message from Amy at RuralVermont.org:
Take Rural Vermont’s Consumer Survey!
If you are an eater in Vermont, please take our Consumer Survey and tell us about what is important to you, what Vermont products you are purchasing, where you’re having trouble, and what you think is important regarding food systems in Vermont. We want to hear from YOU! The survey should only take about 15 minutes. You can access it from our website: ruralvermont.org. It is completely anonymous – we won’t know who gave us which answers. You will have a chance to give us your contact information at the end, but that information will be completely separate from the survey. Spread the word! The results of this survey will be for Rural Vermont to think about our next steps in terms of building local food systems, and the results will also be shared with Vermont policy makers and the public.
Help Rural Vermont to Survey Farmers!
We are looking for a few good volunteers to help us to survey farmers. If you’ve been eating local food and have been looking for a chance to really get to know some farmers – this is it! Our goal is to visit 200 farms this summer to ask a series of questions about the farms, agricultural policy, and issues that farmers believe need to be addressed in Vermont. We are also sharing information about Catamount Health with farmers. In order to do these surveys, you MUST be willing and able to come to a training (1 hour) and to type up the results of the surveys within 1 week of talking with the farmers and send them in to the Rural Vermont office. You’ll need a car and a pair of muck boots and one or two free days in August to do the surveying. We are asking each volunteer to commit to surveying at least 5 farmers. We have two trainings scheduled for survey volunteers. Both are on Tuesday, July 29th, from 7 pm – 8 pm. One will be in Brattleboro, and one in Montpelier. Also, if you can get a group of 5 people together in your community who are willing to do surveying, we’ll bring the training to you. If you are interested in volunteering or organizing a training, please contact Amy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-223-7222 for details.
Side note: If you’re helping or visiting farms for other reasons consider that you don’t want to transfer disease onto a farm. What people should be doing is washing their boots off after and before each farm. Both. They should have a fresh change of cloths for each farm. They should not drive onto the farm. They should avoid walking into the crop and animal areas to avoid depositing and picking up materials that could transfer disease of plants or animals. This is a real issue that could hurt the very farmers you want to help. -WJ
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