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get hands-on training as a farmer in beautiful vermont!

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Rolling admission is now open on UVM’s Farmer Training Program! This is a 6-month, hands-on program (May 4 – October 30, 2015) for aspiring farmers and food systems advocates that provides an experiential, skill-based education in sustainable farming. Students in this program get a unique and comprehensive education by running the 10-acre Catamount Educational Farm from seed to market, learning from expert farmers and educators in the classroom and by working alongside successful, inspiring farmers in the Burlington area. Participants leave with a Certificate in Sustainable Farming from UVM, a deeper understanding of agricultural management and small-scale farming, the entrepreneurial skills to start their own operation and a network of incredible people to support them along the way.

The UVM Farmer Training Program is now accepting applications until November 14 for early admission to the 2015 cohort! (After that admission will be rolling until spots and the waitlist are filled.) Apply now to join an incredible group of students for six months of sustainable farming and food systems education. Continue reading


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vt law school’s food radio

vtlawschoolFood Radio is a monthly program with content around all aspects of the food system. Created collectively by the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems and student group the Food and Agricultural Law Society. Firmly rooted in South Royalton VT, we address topics of national import and have a global reach. Our partner Royalton Community Radio broadcasts the show once per month Tuesday at 11am at royaltonradio.org

Listen to previous episodes here!

Some of our recurring segments

  • Point-Counterpoint where two sides of an issue are debated, e.g., GMO Labeling
  • Farm Bill Watch with background info and updates about the Federal Farm Bill
  • Interviews: Dean of Vermont Law School Marc Mihaly, Vermont Secretary of Agriculture Chuck Ross, Farmer and former state representative David Ainsworth, owners of local gourmet burger shop the Worthy Burger.

Tune in and engage with us! Shoot us an email atfoodradio@listserv.vermontlaw.edu

 


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UVM summer experience

Study Sustainable Farming this Summer at the University of Vermontsoil-hands
Learn sustainable farming at UVM’s Catamount Educational Farm this summer in beautiful Burlington, Vermont – a hot-spot for community-based food and agricultural systems. Be part of the vibrant learning environment of the farm that cultivates over 10 acres of vegetables and fruit for the UVM community while educating the next generation of sustainable food producers. Credit and non-credit options available. Read more about the classes and enroll here: http://www.uvm.edu/~summer/catamount-farm/
If this sounds awesome, but you are still in high school, you are in luck! Check out the Summer Academy Intro to Sustainable Vegetable Farming Class: http://bit.ly/precollegefarming
If want to know more about the farm, click here: http://learn.uvm.edu/partners/cals/programs/catamount-educational-farm/
If you have any questions, email us at farmer @uvm.edu or call (802)656 8642. Happy spring!


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summer offerings at sterling college

Sterling College’s continuing education courses are inspired by the artisans and the landscape of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, and by our philosophy of a liberal arts edcuation through the lens of ecology.

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Our two-week and four-week short courses offer unparalleled opportunities in ecology, outdoor education, sustainable agriculture, environmental humanities, and sustainable food systems. These hands-on classes and field studies allow students to gain inspiration, skills, and new perspectives.

Take a look at our many courses below. If you have any questions, or need further information, please contact Laura Lea Berry, Coordinator of Academic Programs, at 802-586-7711 x107, or email her atlberry@sterlingcollege.edu

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uvm farmer training

They’ve still got a few spots open!  Here’s the scoop:ftp

If this epic winter has you plotting your next moves in sustainable farming, you are in luck. The UVM Farmer Training Program has a few spots left for 2014 and the final application deadline is March 21. Apply now to join an incredible group of students for six months of sustainable farming and food systems education.

The UVM Farmer Training Program is a 6-month intensive program (May 5 -October 31, 2014)for aspiring farmers and food systems advocates that provides a hands-on, skills-based education in sustainable agriculture. This full-time program offers participants the unique opportunity to manage their own growing site, take classes from professors and expert farmers, and rotate as workers and learners on successful, diverse farms in the Burlington area. This program will provide an intense, supportive experience where participants leave with a Certificate in Sustainable Farming, a deeper understanding of agricultural management and small-scale farming, and the entrepreneurial skills to start their own operation.

Learn more:

Farmer Training Website: http://learn.uvm.edu/sustainability/farmer-training/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UVMFarmerTraining
Food Feed Blog: http://learn.uvm.edu/foodsystemsblog/
Contact: farmer@uvm.edu or (802) 656-8657

Best,

Susie and the UVM Farmer Training Team


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conference + call for abstracts

 

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This year’s ASFS/AFHVS Annual meeting and Conference invites dialogue about the importance of collaboration and innovation across the food system. Such dialogue can occur at many levels: across disciplines, between locations, amongst community members.

Vermont is a perfect location to consider both the present realities and future possibilities of an integrated and sustainable food system. University of Vermont’s Food Systems Initiative is a new trans-disciplinary initiative which seeks to strengthen the viability of regional food systems for globally scaled issues through research, education, and outreach. Continue reading

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