Author, Farmer Leah Penniman on Growing a Food Justice Movement

By Rachel Leslie

For farmer, author and activist Leah Penniman, farming is not just about feeding the community, though it is what got her started. For Penniman, farming is about uprooting what she describes as systemic racism in the modern U.S. food system and training the next generation of activist farmers.

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Leah Penniman spoke with UVM students, faculty and staff about her new book, Farming While Black, and what her organization is doing to dismantle racism in farming.

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Food Hub Certificate Helps Organizations Find Their Place in the Food System

Ben Earle is all about using innovative approaches to solve organizational and community problems.

The executive director of Feed the Need in Durham, Ontario, enrolled in UVM’s Food Hub Management Certificate Program in 2018 to help gain a deeper knowledge and hands-on training on the role and place of food hubs in the food system.

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Farm Manure Boosts Greenhouse Gas Emissions – Even in Winter

By Shari Halik

Decisions farmers make over the spring and summer can dramatically increase greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions later in the winter.

That’s a key takeaway from a new University of Vermont study that shows, for the first time, that the impacts of farmers’ manure use decisions extend beyond the growing season to influence emissions on warm winter days.

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Manure injection practices and warming winter temperatures interact to increase greenhouse gas emissions says new research by UVM’s Carol Adair and colleagues. Photo: Lindsay Barbieri

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UVM’s Food Hub Program Takes its Curriculum on the Road to Michigan

Food system experts in Michigan wanted to offer a comprehensive food hub management program without reinventing the wheel.

So they turned to UVM.

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UVM’s Food Hub Management Professional Certificate Program is heading to Michigan in 2019 as part of a new partnership between the University, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, and the Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems.

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UVM Program Turns Local Farms into Learning Laboratories

By Jeffrey Wakefield

Senior environmental studies major Nell Carpenter is holding court, in a friendly, peer-to-peer kind of way, with eight fellow students in her PSS 212, Advanced Agroecology class at Bread and Butter Farm in Shelburne, where the group will be taking soil samples as part of a weekly on-farm lab that’s a feature of the course.

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Students in an advanced agroecology class head for a greenhouse at Bread and Butter Farm to do soil testing. (Photo: Andy Duback)

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