Vermont Commons: Good-Bye to Rural Vermont’s Exceptional Leader, Amy Shollenberger
Five years ago, when we moved to Vermont, you couldnâ€™t buy chicken raised and slaughtered on a local farm at the farmersâ€™ market, and it certainly couldnâ€™t be served in a restaurant. Finding farm-fresh raw milk was nearly impossible since the farms couldnâ€™t advertise, and when you did find a farm that sold it chances were that you would have a hard time getting any of the measly 25 quarts a day that the farms were allowed to sell. Few people other than organic farmers knew about harmful effects of GMO crops in our state, and growing hemp â€“ an eco-friendly food and fiber crop â€“ was illegal.
But the tide is turning, and while many people and organizations have been a part of these regulatory changes, Rural Vermont, under the leadership of Amy Shollenberger, has been a consistent force in every one of these agricultural victories.