Make an impact on local food laws by joining us at the State Capitol on Thursday, March 9. Be on the front lines as we educate legislators about the issues important to our movement.
We’ll help you prepare for Local Foods Awareness Day during a 90-minute webinar on February 28. You’ll learn everything you need to know about the bills we currently have before the 2017 Texas Legislature. And we will cover all the steps to contact and hold meetings with State Senators and Representatives at their Capitol offices. It all takes place in the comfort of your own home … all you need is a computer or mobile device and the internet!
FARFA’s Local Foods Awareness Day
Thursday, March 9, 2017, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (If you are unable to be there for the entire day, please register and come when you can!)
PLACE: Legislative Conference Center, Room E2.002, Capitol Extension, Texas Capitol, Austin
PARKING: Reasonably priced parking is available at the Visitors Parking Lot, San Jacinto Blvd., between 12th and 13th streets. (See map here.)
If you are a farmer, telling your stories can be the most effective way to gain legislative support for our bills! We have funds available to help farmers with travel expenses and to defray the costs of temporary labor. Contact Judith@farmandranchfreedom.org for more information.
Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, 6:30-8 p.m. We will send you information about logging in for the Webinar once you complete Local Foods Awareness Day Registration. If you cannot attend the Webinar, please register for Local Foods Awareness Day anyway. We will give a quick “refresher course” that morning! But your registration helps us be better prepared and organized.
Here’s what past participants have had to say:
“When first asked who wanted to go to Austin and talk to people about the raw milk bill, none of the children were very excited about going. But the trip to the Capitol was made ‘mandatory’ regardless of level of enthusiasm. Once there, they really got into talking with the legislative staffers and were impressed that what they were doing could really have an effect on law-making. At the end of the day, they were all asking when we could come back.”
— The Hutchins Family
“Showing up in person creates a relationship and an accountability that our elected officials cannot get away from. The staff is much more responsive to calls and ask for details about what it is we are concerned about. It makes so much difference after the visit. This is where the changes will be made…face to face.”
“I was inspired and impressed by the number, determination and eloquence of the people who showed up. I was encouraged by the general receptiveness and willingness to listen displayed by most of the staffers with whom we spoke. There was one staffer who handled the interview as if there was no way I could understand the complexities of the issue. In response to the topic of changing the way urban farms are taxed, he straight out said ‘there’s no way that’s ever going to happen.’
I was shocked to perceive his narrow view and his unwillingness to consider different options. The upside is that this perception made me realize how very important it is for every citizen who is aware and cares about what’s going on with our food supply to become a lobbyist. To speak again and again and again to those who do not want to hear. To hold those who have authority to form public policy accountable to behave responsibly. To let them know that we are aware. That we are watching. That the old days of ‘Good Old Boys Doing Business As Usual’ are coming to a very quick end.”