1) Grassroots Advocacy and Action
We believe that we must focus on creating supportive conditions to bring forward farmers’ and farmworkers' voices and empower them to participate in the democratic process. In order to increase democratic member leadership in Vermont’s organic food movement, we focus on offering accessible opportunities, including tools and training, to support farmer/farmworkers' activism and participation in the democratic process.
2) Direct Advocacy
By having a consistent presence in the Vermont State House and in the federal policy arena, we develop, tend, and call on relationships with key decision-makers, proactively put forward policies that support our mission, track policy issues as they arise, ensure farmers are aware of critical times to make their voices heard, and advocate directly on behalf of our members when necessary.
3) Coalition Building
We are more powerful when we come together. By participating in state-level, regional, and national coalitions and partnerships, we develop intersectional alliances that bridge race, socioeconomic status, rural vs. urban, and more. Working in coalitions helps us to broaden our view of effective change-making strategies, share resources, and build a larger and more powerful collective working for a thriving future.