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Year-Round exposure for Rutland farmers

Local farmers have bared their souls and a sizeable portion of their anatomies to promote agriculture in the Rutland region of Vermont. The 2008 Local Exposure calendar is back from the printers, complete with poses by local farmers who want you to learn more about local agriculture, information on local farmers' markets, and facts about the food we eat each day. This artistically beautiful and amusingly cheeky calendar, published by the Rutland Area Farm and Food Link (RAFFL), has been designed to bring a little humor to your schedule. "We were looking for a way to remind folks of Rutland County's agricultural landscape and the diverse range of characters who farm it. This calendar is the perfect way to put a playful spin on important information about our local food system and the farms that support it," says India Burnett Farmer, RAFFL's co-ordinator. A calendar release party and signing event is scheduled for Friday, October 19th, at 7:00 p.m. at Book King, located on Merchants Row in downtown Rutland. The event is a chance to meet the farmers featured in the calendar and have them sign your calendar. Refreshments from the farms featured in the calendar will be served. The event is free and open to the public. The calendar is available at local retailers including Boardman Hill Farmstand, Book King, East Poultney General Store, Mendon Mountain Orchard, and Rutland Natural Food Market (the Co-op). Calendars can also be purchased at RAFFL's table at the Rutland Downtown Farmers' Market on Saturdays, through its website www.rutlandfarmandfood.org, and by calling (802) 287-9311. Sales of the calendar support the Rutland Area Farm and Food Link, a non-profit dedicated to a diverse and thriving agricultural industry in Rutland County, Vermont. To learn more about RAFFL, visit its website at www.rutlandfarmandfood.org .

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