Vermont's activist farmers: photos and stories

SALISBURY - Throughout the month of December, an exhibit featuring Rural Vermont's farmer-activist board of directors will be on display at the Salisbury Free Public Library at 918 Maple St. in center Salisbury. Professional photographs and interviews tell the stories behind the farmers driving the nonprofit Rural Vermont and its work to secure fair prices for farmers and local food options for Vermonters.

On Wednesday, Dec. 2, from 6:30-8 p.m., Rural Vermont and the Salisbury Free Public Library will host a free opening night reception with refreshments and live storytelling about the farmers and foods sustaining rural communities.

Rural Vermont's "Activist Farmers: Photos and Stories" gives a glimpse into the lives of fifteen farmers who are united around a common vision of economic justice. Local photographer Corey Hendrickson of Hendrickson Photography and volunteer Robbie Stanley of Charlotte traveled the state to capture Rural Vermont's board members in their element and on their farms. Volunteers spent an afternoon with each of these folks and documented why they are finding time between haying, weeding, milking, marketing, and everything else farmers do from sun up until sun down to make Rural Vermont a top priority.

At the reception on Wednesday, Dec. 2, Rural Vermont members will welcome the public to take in the exhibit while munching and mingling with neighbors and friends. The greater community's farmers and food producers will be celebrated and honored with some informal storytelling, so bring along poems, stories, or readings to share about favorite farmers, special meals, or the harvest season.

The exhibit will be unveiled at the reception and will remain at the Salisbury Library through the end of the month. The library is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2-5 p.m., and Saturdays 9 a.m.-noon.

Rural Vermont's Activist Farmers: Photos and Stories will be touring libraries through the fall and winter months. The January stop will be at the Pierson Library in Shelburne, followed in February by the Griswold Library at Green Mountain College in Poultney. For more details, visit www.ruralvermont.org.

Rural Vermont is a nonprofit advocacy group founded by farmers in 1985 that advocates, activates, and educates for living soils, thriving farms, and healthy communities.

For more details, call 223-7222 or visit www.ruralvermont.org.

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