Rural Vermont hosts annual celebration April 10

Philip Ackerman-Leist shares first-person account of Green Mountain College’s “Bill” & “Lou” controversy at Rural Vermont’s Annual Celebration April 10.

Philip Ackerman-Leist shares first-person account of Green Mountain College’s “Bill” & “Lou” controversy at Rural Vermont’s Annual Celebration April 10.

Members, supporters, and the general public from near and far are invited to Rural Vermont’s biggest annual gathering on Wednesday, April 10 from 6:30-9 pm at the beautiful Vergennes Opera House. As always, the event will feature a fabulous finger food potluck, wine and beer cash bar, unique raffle prizes, and best of all – great company and conversation. Philip Ackerman-Leist, director of Green Mountain College’s Farm & Food Project and author of the newly released book “Rebuilding the Foodshed,” will be the guest speaker.

This year’s celebration will be free to all thanks to the generous support of sponsors Healthy Living, NOFA-VT, and Vermont Compost Company! Media sponsors are Local Banquet and Edible Green Mountains and additional support was provided by City Market.

Rural Vermont’s Annual Celebration is always festive and fun, and this year in particular, there is a lot to celebrate! Following an unprecedented end-of-year matching drive that raised almost $60,000 in a few short weeks, Rural Vermont launched into 2013 with an ambitious campaign agenda and a commitment to work toward greater effectiveness and long-term sustainability.

 Contribute $100 or more to Rural Vermont between now and the event on April 10 and be thanked with a 20-quart bag of Vermont Compost Company soil! Help Rural Vermont get the next season off to a good start and they’ll return the favor!

 Special guest Philip Ackerman-Leist will share his first-person account of the recent international controversy involving Green Mountain College’s pair of working oxen “Bill” and “Lou.” This moving and disturbing story illustrates the profound lack of understanding and connection between contemporary American society and the source of our food. Ackerman-Leist, who raises grass-based livestock with his family and is a professor at Green Mountain College where he established the college’s farm and sustainable agriculture curriculum, will offer his ideas on how we can work together to bridge this divide.  

 Rural Vermont’s popular raffle is back with prizes including a cheesemaking weekend at Trevin Farms in Sudbury, a “Black Market Basket” featuring the best food you can’t buy, an “Edible Landscape” provided by Elmore Roots and Gardener’s Supply, and a collection of autographed books for farm and food activists, including the NY Times bestseller “The Art of Fermentation” by Sandor Katz. Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased at the event or in advance at Winners will be drawn at end of event and need not be present to win.

 An optional RSVP is offered on Facebook or call (802) 223-7222 or email

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