Category Archives: Sustainability

UVM Is: Teresa Mares Studying the Challenges Faced by Migrant Dairy Workers

Near the Vermont-Canadian border, migrant dairy workers are grappling with food insecurity and increasing anxiety. Living on the dairy farms where they are employed, undocumented migrant workers are often reluctant to go grocery shopping—or anywhere for that matter—for fear of …

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Farmer Training Student Digs Deep to Better Understand Food Policy

Allie Williams learned early on the importance of healthy food. While growing up in Houston and Memphis, her family had always put a big emphasis on cooking and eating right. But high obesity rates in Memphis, along with a gluten …

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A Military Veteran Learning to Farm Finds His Calling at UVM

Farming was the last thing on Anthony Hamilton’s mind during the Iraq War. But a decade after being stationed in Baghdad, he’s learning how to raise livestock, grow vegetables, and operate irrigation systems and tractors at UVM. A student in …

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UVM Is: Walter Poleman Fostering a Sense of Place

Nurturing a community’s sense of place is at the heart of Walter Poleman’s work. That community can be a town, city, or even a dorm on campus. For Poleman, an ecologist and senior lecturer at UVM, it’s the GreenHouse Residential …

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Farmer Training Alum and Food Systems Student Awarded James Beard Foundation Scholarships

By Alison Nihart Two UVM students are recipients of a prestigious scholarship from the James Beard Foundation National Scholars Program, which awards $20,000 scholarships to ten students across the United States. Alisha Utter is a doctoral student in Plant and …

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UVM Is: Ernesto Méndez Creating Positive Change in the Agroecology Movement

Agroecology is finding a mainstream audience in the world of international food and agricultural policy. For Professor Ernesto Méndez, that’s good news. Méndez, a professor in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the Environmental Program and a Fellow at …

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UVM Is: Terry Bradshaw Helping Students Navigate the Realities and Rewards of Farming

While growing up on a farm in the small town of Chelsea, Terry Bradshaw learned from a young age the value of expertise and outreach. To help keep his family’s farm running smoothly, his parents often asked state and regional …

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Farmer Training Alumna Makes the Leap from Science to Sheep Farming

Annie Hopper never considered farming as a career. The Houston native, who studied conservation biology at Middlebury College, was going about her life pursuing a profession in science while interning for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife agency in Washington, D.C. …

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Farmer Training Student Chris Waters Starts a New Chapter in Sustainable Agriculture

By S’ra DeSantis We talked to Chris Waters, a student in the UVM Farmer Training Program, about his lifelong dream to be a farmer and his plans to apply all he’s learned about sustainable agriculture back home in Colorado. Where …

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Alumni Advice: Danielle Fleury Finds Farm to School Success in the Northeast

Burlington’s progressive values are what first attracted Danielle Fleury to UVM. It wasn’t long after she arrived on campus that she became personally interested in local food systems. While taking an environmental studies course at UVM, she first learned about …

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