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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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