Rural Vermont Raw Milk Summit: Call for Participants

Rural Vermont Raw Milk Summit: Call for Participants

Rural Vermont Raw Milk Summit: Call for Participants

Past, current, and aspiring raw milk dairies of all sizes and from every corner of the state are invited to join Rural Vermont for a Raw Milk Summit, on Sunday, October 27, from 10 to 4, at the Town Hall in Bethel, Vt.

Rural Vermont will be advocating for a new and improved raw milk bill in 2014; this gathering will provide the producer guidance and feedback needed to ensure that the proposed changes will create the biggest benefit for the most people. Changes to the current raw milk law will affect everyone selling any quantity of raw milk, so it is critical that farmers attend and participate in this process!

The Summit will be a full day of sharing information, building consensus, brainstorming strategies, networking and more. Special guest and raw milk champion, Mark McAfee, will be keynoting the event and will be on hand throughout the day for informal conversation. McAfee is the founder of Organic Pastures Dairy in California. His is one of the few remaining family-owned and operated dairies in California; they produce 100% USDA certified organic, Grade A, raw milk of super-premium quality. Mark is one of our country’s most valued raw milk and food freedom activists, and is internationally recognized as an expert in raw milk production.

Farmers can also expect a mini resource fair featuring businesses, organizations and individuals with expertise and assistance. Invited participants include Mark McAfee’s Raw Milk Institute, Bob White Systems, Co-op Insurance, Weston A. Price Foundation, plus several healthcare professionals and vets. Get answers on raw milk’s health benefits and safety record, best practices, animal health and technical assistance.

Throughout the day, farmers will be fueled with snacks generously provided by Champlain Orchards and Healthy Living Market. A complimentary, largely local and hearty lunch will be catered by the fine folks at Chef’s Market in Randolph.

Farmers are encouraged to stay after the Summit and invite their customers and other raw milk enthusiasts to join the group for a free and open-to-the-public Ice Cream Social from 4 to 5. To ensure we have the wisdom of as many farmers as possible, there is no cost to attend the Summit; however pre-registration is required. Register online at ruralvermont.org or call the office at 802-223-7222. All Summit participants will be enthusiastically invited to become members of Rural Vermont by making a sliding scale contribution either online in advance or at the door. Assistance with carpooling, childcare and local accommodations may be available. For ongoing updates about the Summit, visit the Facebook event page or ruralvermont.org. Contact Shelby Girard at shelby@ruralvermont.org with any questions.

Rural Vermont is a statewide nonprofit group founded in 1985. For over 25 years, Rural Vermont has been advancing its mission of economic justice for Vermont farmers through advocacy, grassroots organizing and education. For more info or to be added to the mailing list, call 802-223-7222, visit ruralvermont.org or find us on Facebook.

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