Vermonters overwhelmingly agree that our state’s identity is closely linked to the working landscape, according to a 2011 survey by the Council on the Future of Vermont. Farming and forestry face challenges, however, and we must act to ensure that the character of the land – and the economies that the land supports – are maintained for future generations of Vermonters, visitors, and entrepreneurs. Fortunately, the foundation for this work is already built: recent efforts, such as Farm to Plate and the 2012 passage of the Working Lands Enterprise Investment Bill, have defined the needs for the working landscape.
VNRC promotes the preservation of working lands through advocacy in the state house, and by developing educational materials to build capacity on these issues at the local and regional level. We partner with groups including Farm to Plate, the Vermont Council on Rural Development, the Forestry Roundtable, and Vermont’s Regional Planning Commissions.