Seeing the Big Picture for Sustainable Food Systems Leadership

Molly Clark came to UVM to get a broader perspective on sustainable agriculture.

The environmental studies graduate student from the University of Pennsylvania enrolled in UVM’s Breakthrough Leaders for Sustainable Food Systems Professional Certificate Program last summer for a high-level understanding of food, farms, and sustainability.

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Working Toward Farmer-Scholar Collaboration for Food Sovereignty in North America

By M. Jahi Chappell, Saulo Araujo and Ernesto Mendez

The Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR) at Coventry University (UK) recently hosted a workshop to “collectively strengthen relationships, learning/analysis and collaboration for people who are involved in research and knowledge work that advances movements for agroecology and food sovereignty”. We are grateful to have participated, and for the deep and thoughtful organization and facilitation that allowed us to move this objective forward. As scholars and organizers seeking to strengthen agroecology and food sovereignty in the North American context, we used the workshop as an opportunity to discuss potential actions for the future. This blog sets out some of this thinking and highlights the need for renewing collaborations between academic researchers and grassroots movements groups, based on building trust and mutual understanding. 

Read the first blog in this series on Indigenous Peoples by Carol Kalafatic on the Agroecology Now website.

What is the Relevance of Agroecology and Food Sovereignty in the North American Context?

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An Homage to the Local Tomato

By Sara Klimek

Today I balanced two tomatoes in my hands. In my right palm, a bright-red, uniform, perfectly round Roma from the Shaw’s produce department, just screaming at me to dice it up and put it on top of a sandwich. In the other, a slightly oblong, heirloom variety grown at the local Intervale Community Farm.

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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.

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UVM Alumna MJ Pickett Realizes Her Power in the Food System

MJ Pickett knows she can make a change.

The UVM alumna, who graduated in 2010 with a degree in Natural Resources Management, grows vegetables and raises hogs with her husband at their farm in Gunnison, Colorado.  Their farm, Calder Farm Ltd., produces pork, root crops, and cut flowers. The couple started their farm in 2016 and sells their products at farmers’ markets, a CSA, and to local restaurants.

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