Grange Notes by Tim Swartz, Grange President (with everyone’s help), March 30, 2021
April meeting program takes a look at immigrant farmworkers in Vermont, and their struggle for legal status and rights
This month, our bi-monthly Grange Program series builds on some of the discussion at our last program (about Hollister Hill Farm in Plainfield) about farming, small farms vs. large agribusiness, state regulation and farmers’ rights. We’ll be looking at the community of immigrant farm workers who are a vital part of keeping Vermont’s hard-pressed dairy farms going. These in turn support major Vermont dairy industries, like Ben & Jerry’s and Cabot Cheese, plus the milk sold to dairy processors and grocery chains.
For more info on Migrant Justice, please visit their website: migrantjustice.net, to see info about the origin of the group, the injustices they work against, the awards they have received and the ongoing struggles they and their members face.
To join the meeting, audio only from your phone, dial this number: 646 558 8656
Remember, Zoom link info is always posted on the Grange Website Calendar listing for Grange meetings & programs.
April Grange meeting–4:30 to 5:00
As usual in even-numbered months, we’ll have a brief meeting for Grange members and anyone else who would like to join us. We’ll take a look at our finances, and discuss the changes in public health regulations and how they will change our ability to rent to some groups as vaccinations begin to be more common, and the warmer weather increases our ventilation possibilities. We will also discuss plans for our display at the Champlain Valley Fair in August!
March meeting: considering options for extending tax exemption
Given the continuing poor financial conditions we expect, we decided at our March meeting that we will need to apply for an abatement of the taxes we will be billed for the 2021 tax year. The grounds for abatement that we will use is inability to pay, based on the great reduction in income we have experienced since March of 2021. These decisions are “at the discretion of the Board of Abatement”, which consists of the Selectboard, the Treasurer, the Listers and the Justices of the Peace for the Town. So there is no guarantee that we will be granted this form of relief.
Champlain Valley Fair
April: “scheduled shopping” at Kids Trade and Play
A “clerical” note: new PO box
PO Box 234
Northfield Falls VT 05664
The PO box is mostly for mail to the Treasurer, general inquiries about the Grange, and communications from State and National Grange.