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Heather Kraemer Plants the Seed for a Farm-Based Brewery

Heather Kraemer is brewing beer with lemon balm and basil grown in her garden. In the future, she hopes to add fruit, perennials, and wild edibles to the mix. Ultimately, she plans to operate a farm-based brewery in Vermont’s Champlain Islands. Kraemer, who completed the UVM Farmer Training Program in 2018, moved from Alaska to […]

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Farmer Training Certificate Program Inspires Student To Open Tortilleria

Brandon Chase’s personal and professional goals include living sustainably, spending time outdoors, and opening a tortilleria in Washington State. After living in Vermont for the past six months, the California native is looking to make big changes in his life as he plans to move to the San Juan Islands with his wife, Lila. Chase, […]

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Farmer Training Student Taps into His Entrepreneurial Side

Sam O’Brien comes from a family of dairy farmers. His paternal great-grandparents ran a dairy farm in North Ferrisburg, and O’Brien grew up hearing stories about his father’s childhood on the family farm. O’Brien, 19, will follow in his great-grandparents’ agrarian footsteps and focus his career on vegetable farming. The Colchester resident is a student […]

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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 the UVM Farmer Training Program, Anthony is raising chickens at Catamount Farm, growing everything from […]

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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 Soil Science is developing a research project working with farmers while at the same time […]

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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 agriculture officials for guidance on a variety of farming issues. That support system gave the […]

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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 are you from? I live and play in Fort Collins, Colorado, a town with a […]

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Pitchfork in the Road: Graphic Designer Lara Dickson Finds a Second Career at Next Chapter Farm

By Sarah Tuff Dunn A few years ago, Burlington’s Lara Dickson was living high on the hog in graphic and web design, feeding off 20 years of freelance and independent contract work. Today, the 46-year-old is literally living with the piglets as the one-woman wonder behind Next Chapter Farm, a 15-acre enterprise in West Berlin, […]

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Farmer Training Students Look Ahead to Building a Sustainable Food System

Amount made from selling fresh produce at the UVM Farm Stand: $6,000. Pounds of harvested food donated to the local food shelf: 2,150. Number of bed feet planted in the fields: over 40,000. Number of farmers, agricultural specialists, extension agents, and UVM professors who students were exposed to: over 50. Number of days on the […]

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A ‘Major’ Interest in Food Programs at Campuses Across the Country

The demand for college and university classes focusing on food systems is growing far and wide. As the food movement grows, a surge of interest in food as an academic subject is happening in all corners of the country. Colleges and universities are offering courses such as “Food Studies: Harvest to Health,” “Anthropology of Coffee […]

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