Sedgwick, Maine, is the first town in the U.S. to declare food sovereignty. The city's Food and Community Self-Governance Ordinance exempts direct food sales from state and federal licensing and inspection requirements.
Bob St. Peter, one of the organizers behind the Maine effort, will be in Vermont to present the story of Sedgwick on Thursday, May 5, at 7:30 p.m., in the East Room at Green Mountain College in Poultney.
The event is free for all, and sponsored by Rutland Area Farm and Food Link, Rural Vermont, and Green Mountain College.
The ordinance, St. Peter claims, was crafted as a way for towns to determine their food and farm policy locally and through "direct democracy". The ordinance supports small, diverse farms and cottage food processors over other food providers.