Rural Vermont comes to Starksboro Library

STARKSBORO-Throughout the month of April, an exhibit featuring Rural Vermont's farmer-activist Board of Directors will be on display at the Starksboro Public Library, located at 2827 Route 116.

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 Thursday, April 1, from 6:30-8 p.m., Rural Vermont and the Starksboro 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. Professional 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 April 1, join Rural Vermont and local Board members 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 on display at the Starksboro Public Library through the end of April. The library is open Mondays 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Thursdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Rural Vermont's Activist Farmers: Photos and Stories has been traveling the state through the winter months, and the Starksboro library may be the last stop on the tour. Before it's retired however, there will be one last chance to view it at Rural Vermont's 25th anniversary annual meeting and celebration on Saturday, June 19, at Four Springs Farm in Royalton.

Rural Vermont is a nonprofit advocacy group founded by farmers in 1985. For 25 years, Rural Vermont has been advancing economic justice for Vermont farmers through advocacy and education.

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

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