February 2022 is here! It’s the month of love. At Black Dirt Farm, that means it’s time for our 4th Annual Pink Carton Campaign.
The Pink Carton Campaign raises awareness and funding to address and stop intimate partner violence in our communities. Shockingly, as you may know, 53% of all homicides in Vermont are related to intimate partner violence. At Black Dirt Farm we find this unacceptable. We envision and strive for a future free of violence in our community. We believe this is possible by building a culture in our communities that ACTIVELY rejects violence and supports survivors of that violence. We also believe communities that can effectively reduce violence will thrive more generally. The Pink Carton Campaign seeks to keep this issue centered in our communities, and create an opportunity for you, your customers, and ourselves to definitively align with this vision and support frontline organizations doing this work.
Will you join us? Look for our pink cartons at a store near you!
For each carton purchased, $0.25 (or more!) is donated to the nearest Member Organization of the Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. In Hardwick, Greensboro, Cabot, Woodbury, and Craftsbury, the donation goes to AWARE. In Montpelier, Middlesex, and Waitsfield, the donation goes to CIRCLE. In Morrisville and Lma, the donation goes to the Clarina Howard Nichols Center. In St. Johnsbury and Newport, the donation goes to Umbrella. In Middlebury, donations go to WomenSafe. And in Windham and South Windsor Counties, to Women’s Freedom Center.
Our stellar retailer partners have graciously agreed to pay $0.50 (or more!) per carton of eggs throughout the month. Of the funds raised, $0.25 helps us cover the costs associated with the pink cartons and printed materials, while the other half is donated directly to one of the great organizations listed above.
In most instances, the participating stores aren’t passing the additional expense on to their consumers. We’re grateful to work with community-minded businesses and thank them for their generosity and solidarity.
Want to take additional action? Studies show that sexual violence is reduced in communities where a critical mass of people participate in a sexual violence trainings. All of the Vermont Network organizations provide intervention and other trainings and you can host a training at your workplace or place of faith. At Black Dirt Farm, we feel these and other similar trainings have helped us build greater trust within our crew, further enlivened our work culture, and prepare us individually to be informed and empowered agents of change on the farm and in our community.
Find our pink cartons at the following stores:
We’d like to extend gratitude to Minuteman Press in Montpelier for discounting the printing of the Pink Carton Campaign materials. Thank you Minuteman!
Learn more about the Member Organizations your purchase support! And consider donating more!
During the past year AWARE served 196 women, men and children, who were directly affected by violence, 111 children who were exposed to violence, answered over 2100 hotline and in-person assistance requests, and educated over 1200 community members which includes professionals as well as school-aged children.
Those served by AWARE received services such as crisis intervention, legal support and advocacy, information and referrals, safety planning, emergency provisions, housing assistance, transportation, support groups and education. Educational classes included topics such as healthy relationships/friendships, gender and society, domestic and sexual violence, managing emotions, social media, and sexual harassment.
Circle serves anyone experiencing intimate partner violence in the Washington County area. In 2018, we answered a total of 5,781 hotline calls, 481 calls per month, about 15 calls a day. We provided shelter services to 12 women and 9 children totaling a number of 2,869 bed nights. Advocates assisted 138 plaintiffs during final Relief from Abuse Order Hearings, and 139 individuals file for temporary orders. We held 142 evening support groups. Circle provided presentations to over 200 community members and over 200 Washington County students. Our organization’s volunteers, staff, and board members provided 9,278 hours of volunteer services to support survivor’s in Washington County.
The Clarina Howard Nichols Center works to end domestic and sexual violence through a 24-hour hotline, an emergency pet-friendly shelter, criminal and civil court advocacy services, community advocacy services (medical, housing, educational, employment, and financial), and outreach and education to schools and community groups. Clarina has a 40-year history of providing trauma informed, survivor centered services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Over this time, the need for Clarina’s services has increased and the organization has adapted and expanded to meet the changing needs of survivors seeking services. Currently, Clarina serves more than 400 individuals annually. A violence free tomorrow is our vision today.
WomenSafe serves all across the age and gender spectrum.
As a result of their concerns, a dedicated group of community members came together to make a difference for families in Addison County who were victims of domestic and sexual violence. The interagency collaboration, work of concerned citizens, and community groups were instrumental in starting the Addison County Battered Women's Project in September 1980 under the umbrella of the Addison County Community Action Group. On February 4, 1982, the Addison County Battered Women's Project was incorporated as it's own entity. It was organized for the purpose of "promoting the social welfare of Addison County by reducing the incidence of domestic violence, and primarily, the incidence of abuse against women."
Women’s Freedom Center
The mission of the Women’s Freedom Center is to work toward ending men’s physical, sexual and emotional violence against women and their children. Toward this end, we are committed to offering support and advocacy to all survivors of violence, as well as prevention and educational activities to help create a community in which violence is not tolerated.
The Women’s Freedom Center believes that violence against women is a “gendered issue.” In the United States, as with the rest of the world, men perpetrate the majority of all violence against women, children, LGBTQ individuals, and other men. With regard to domestic and sexual violence, the pattern is the same – men are the perpetrators most of the time.
While we acknowledge that violence can occur between any two individuals, we believe that failure to name the reality that men are disproportionately the main perpetrators contributes to the lack of accountability and real solutions to social change. We believe the roots of male violence are directly related to the patriarchal organization of our society and our culture’s extreme notion of masculinity. We will not end violence against women without addressing the culture that produces this violence and supports the subordination of women.
Free, confidential hotline
St. Johnsbury: 802-748-8645
In 1976, a small group of women called a community-wide meeting to discuss the lack of women’s health services in St. Johnsbury. Umbrella was born from that meeting. While it did not become the women’s health center envisioned by the founding mothers, the organization has addressed a broad range of issues impacting women and families, including violence against women, early care and education for children, and gender equity.
Umbrella’s mission is to cultivate a Northeast Kingdom where all people thrive free from abuse and oppression. We believe that oppression and the systemic abuse of power is at the root of domestic and sexual violence, stalking, teen dating violence, human trafficking, as well as violence related to gender or sexual orientation – which in total we characterize as gender based violence. We seek to embody a world where those who have been disempowered by poverty, discrimination and other obstacles are able to live peaceful, self-directed lives