UVM Is: Martha Caswell Advocates for Agroecology

Countries around the world, from Senegal to Brazil and the Netherlands, are embracing agroecology to achieve a more sustainable food system and adapt to climate change. But one place where agroecology has yet to go mainstream is the United States.

Martha Caswell, research and outreach coordinator for the UVM Agroecology and Livelihoods Collaborative (ALC), understands that there are challenges that accompany the growth in agroecology. However, she also sees its promise as people around the world are fundamentally rethinking and redesigning food systems, based on agroecological principles.

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Emily Getty Learns How to Create Positive Change in the Food System

Growing up on a farm in Upstate New York helped shape Emily Getty’s work ethic and determination to make things better.

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Letters from Oaxaca ~ Mexican Plants: Food, Agriculture, and Biodiversity

For a week in March, eleven students with varied backgrounds explored the city of Oaxaca and the nearby Sierra Juarez mountains under the guidance of Plant Biology Assistant Professor Michael Sundue.

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Professor Michael Sundue with students Julian Lathrop and Beck Morrow (at left).

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New Book: Majority of Vermont’s Migrant Farm Workers Are Food Insecure

By Jeffrey Wakefield

Since the late 1990s, undocumented Mexican and Central American farm workers on Vermont’s dairy farms have been instrumental in helping bring milk, cheese, yogurt and other food products to market.

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A majority of Vermont’s undocumented Mexican and Central American farm workers are food insecure, says a new book by UVM anthropology professor Teresa Mares. (Photo: Terry J. Allen)

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Launch of Temporary Food Assistance Program on Campus

By Caroline Aubry

UVM has launched a pilot temporary food assistance program called Swipe Out Hunger on campus. The program provides students (including undergraduate, graduate, and medical students) that are financially struggling to purchase enough food with up to 14 free meals per academic year until a more sustainable solution can be put in place.

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