The Vermont Working Landscape Partnership will release its Investing in our Farm & Forest Future Action Plan and announce the launch of a campaign to implement the 5-point platform outlined in the Action Plan. The “Action Plan” will be made public on Tuesday, October 18, at 10 am at the Jericho Settlers Farm. Confirmed speakers include Paul Costello, Executive Director of Vermont Council on Rural Development; Marie Audet, Blue Spruce Farm; Krista Alexander, Jericho Settlers Farm, Roger Allbee, former Secretary of Agriculture; and Peter Condaxis, Rygate Associates.Called “Investing in our Farm and Forest Future,” it is the final report of the Vermont Working Landscape Partnership. It offers five recommendations to help reinvigorate the state’s rural economy:â ¢ Build a major campaign to celebrate the distinctiveness of the working landscape that is Vermont.â ¢ Target strategic investment through a Vermont Agriculture and Forest Products Development Fund.â ¢ Designate and support ‘Working Lands.’â ¢ Develop tax revenue to support working landscape enterprise development and conservation.â ¢ Create a State Planning Office and activate the Development Cabinet.The Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) launched this broad-based partnership as a way to focus efforts to keep our farm and forest economy healthy and prosperous. Click HERE to read it online.