This Land - The Changing Story of Rural Vermont

Our state's rural communities are critical to its identity, but will the next generation of Vermonters be able to live, work and thrive here?

THIS LAND - A Collaboration between VPR and Vermont PBS

This fall, VPR and Vermont PBS are collaborating to present This Land: The Changing Story of Rural Vermont. Explore the challenges and opportunities of living in rural Vermont, from health care and education to the economy, housing, workforce training and so much more.

Rural Life Survey

VPR and Vermont PBS present the results of a new rural survey in which Vermonters rate their quality of life, sense of community, use of health care and the relationship between schools and property taxes. In a wide ranging poll on those and other rural community issues, they gauge the prospects for the future. Their responses are compared with national data from other rural Americans. The full data is available for public use.

News & Analysis

The survey results will provide a jumping-off point for wide-ranging news coverage and analysis on VPR during the week of October 21. Are there geographic or demographic differences to perceptions of what is working and what is not in rural communities? Where are the challenges that hold back Vermonters from better lives? What aspects of the survey are being addressed by people who can make change happen?

Vermont Edition

In a special week of programs, VPR’s daily news magazine examines key issues raised in the Rural Life Survey. Rich Clark, who directed the poll, joins Jane Lindholm to discuss the findings.

Vermont This Week

Stewart Ledbetter, host of Vermont PBS’s weekly news roundtable, will review the week’s reporting with VPR reporters on Friday, October 25.

VPR News Minute

VPR and Vermont PBS will provide results from the Rural Life Survey in daily episodes of the VPR News Minute October 21-25, hosted by VPR’s Henry Epp. These reports will be broadcast at 7 p.m. on Vermont PBS and available on Twitter and Facebook.

Rural Stories On Stage with Jane Lindholm

From the geographic center of Vermont, we hear personal stories of Vermonters who have traveled the walks of rural life, its challenges and its joys. Rural Stories on Stage is a free event and will take place at 7 p.m. on October 29 at Chandler Center for the Arts in Randolph. The event will also be broadcast on Tuesday, November 5 on Vermont PBS and Thursday, November 7 on VPR.

Brave Little State

VPR’s people-powered journalism project takes on this question from John Cipora of St. Johnsbury: “Why are child care professionals and early childhood educators paid so poorly in Vermont?" Host Angela Evancie and reporter Nina Keck are at work on a special edition of the show, which will blend results from the poll with Brave Little State’s signature narrative reporting. Available November 8.

Docu-series: The Future Of Farming

Coming to Vermont PBS starting November 18, The Future Of Farming visits with two farm families to hear first-hand the serious challenges and potential opportunities for this signature Vermont industry. We’ll meet a Franklin County family who decided to sell their herd and a Cabot couple who see the future in organic farming and new technology.

Support for This Land is made possible by VPR and Vermont PBS members and our generous sponsors:

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