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Hey everyone! Hope you can join Rural Vermont staff, board, and 
supporters for our biggest party of the year on May 16th at the Wilder 
Center in Wilder VT! If you're a member or involved in our work already, 
then come celebrate a great year and catch up with like-minded folks. 
Bring friends!

If you don't know much about Rural Vermont but you care about real food 
and our state's agricultural economy, then this is your chance to get to 
know us!

Hope to see you there. All the details are below ...


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Rural Vermont hosts its 2012 Annual Celebration, Wednesday, May 16th 
from 6:30-9 pm at the Wilder Center, Wilder. Rural Vermont supporters 
from all over the state will gather for this special event featuring 
keynote speaker Ben Hewitt, finger food potluck, live music, cash bar, 
annual meeting, farm fresh five raffle, and more! Free for Rural Vermont 
members, $5-$10 sliding scale all else. For more info, (802) 223-7222 or 
www.ruralvermont.org <http://www.ruralvermont.org>.


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For Immediate Release: Friday, April 20, 2012

Contact Person: Shelby Girard, (802) 223-7222, [log in to unmask]

Rural Vermont's 2012 Annual Celebration on May 16th in Wilder VT:

Keynote Ben Hewitt to Explore Vermonters Feeding Vermonters

Rural Vermont hosts its 2012 Annual Celebration and member gathering on 
Wednesday, May 16th from 6:30-9 pm at the Wilder Center, on Route 5 just 
north of White River Junction, in Wilder, Vermont. Rural Vermont 
supporters from near and far are invited to join the staff and Board to 
celebrate rural life, real food, and sustainable farming. The event is 
free for Rural Vermont members and $5-$10 sliding scale for all else.

Rural Vermont is thrilled to have board member, farmer, and author Ben 
Hewitt keynote this special event. Join in the lively presentation and 
discussion about /"The Future is in the Dirt: Growing a Culture of 
Vermonters Feeding Vermonters". /Bring questions and stories!

/The Future's in the Dirt/digs into the challenges and potential 
inherent to fostering a culture of local nourishment for local people. 
How can we build healthy, regionalized economies that honor the 
producers, the consumers, and the environment? What will it take to 
ensure a vibrant culture of Vermonters feeding Vermonters? The answers 
are not always obvious, but the need to find them has never been more 
urgent.

Folks can also look forward to a homemade finger food potluck, cash bar 
featuring Vermont brews, live music provided by local folk duo Nancy and 
Mike Wood, and plenty of time to swap stories, share plans, and float 
ideas with new and old friends.

Director Andrea Stander will get Rural Vermont's annual meeting underway 
by sharing the priorities and progress of Rural Vermont's /Vermonters 
Feeding Vermonters/ campaign, followed by the 2012-13 Board election and 
an awards ceremony honoring Rural Vermont's most committed supporters.

The recipient of this year's prestigious Jack Starr award will be Will 
Allen of Cedar Circle Farm in East Thetford VT for the vision, energy, 
and dedication he has displayed in support of the GMO labeling bill, 
still pending in the Vermont legislature.

Throughout the course of the night, and in the weeks leading up to the 
event, /Farm Fresh Five/ raffle tickets can be purchased for $5 each. 
Prizes include gardening goodies, a farm & food policy book basket, two 
different baskets of farm fresh fare, and a one-on-one dairy processing 
lesson in the winner's kitchen with cheesemaid Lea Calderon-Guthe. 
Winners will be drawn at the end of the Annual Celebration and need not 
be present to win. To purchase tickets in advance, visit 
www.ruralvermont.org.

Rural Vermont's 2012 Annual Celebration is being sponsored by NOFA-VT, 
Upper Valley Food Co-op, Cedar Circle Farm, Chelsea Green Publishing, 
Building a Local Economy (BALE), Edible Green Mountains, Vermont Grass 
Farmers' Association, Bob White Systems, High Mowing Seeds, Sterling 
College, South Royalton Market, Vermont Compost Company, Local Banquet, 
and Way Out Wax.

Rural Vermont is a statewide nonprofit group founded in 1985. For the 
last 25 years, Rural Vermont has been advancing its mission of economic 
justice for Vermont farmers through advocacy and education. For more 
info, to purchase raffle tickets in advance, or to sign up for Rural 
Vermont's mailing list, call (802) 223-7222 <tel:%28802%29%20223-7222>or 
visit www.ruralvermont.org <http://www.ruralvermont.org/>.


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Shelby Girard
Outreach Coordinator
Rural Vermont
(802) 223-7222
15 Barre St., Suite 2, Montpelier VT 05602
www.ruralvermont.org

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Shelby Girard
Outreach Coordinator
Rural Vermont
(802) 223-7222
15 Barre St., Suite 2, Montpelier VT 05602
www.ruralvermont.org