UVM’s 15-credit program examines potential pathways, through agroecology, towards the transformation of food systems by integrating economic, social, and ecological perspectives.​

Rooted in “Participatory Action Research” (PAR), our program guides students to identify key questions and practice new methods for integrating data from multiple perspectives (farmers, academics, activists, policymakers, etc.). This is used to both better understand agrifood system issues, as well as search for solutions that show real promise to help resolve issues on the ground.

The fully prescribed coursework consists of four semester long courses including the Introduction to Agroecology course (PSS6110), three foundational classes (PSS6120, PSS6130, PSS6140); and a final online capstone course, designed for the application of newly developed knowledge and skills in a culminating experience/project that addresses an agroecological topic relevant to the individual student. Based within the Plant and Soil Science Department at UVM and connected to the UVM Institute for Agroecology, the program provides students access to UVM’s academic ecosystem and people.

In this program, you will: 

  • Learn from examples of agroecology from around the world to draw lessons learned and to find inspiration.​
  • Learn directly from agroecology researchers and actionists working actively on in local, national and international contexts​
  • Explore and develop your own practice as an agent of change.  ​
  • Integrate ecological, social, political and economic perspectives while investigating contemporary problems in our agrifood system​
  • Live in your own foodshed while learning lessons you can apply anywhere​
  • Connect theory to practice as part of a diverse and inclusive learning community​
  • Gain the knowledge you need to help farmers and communities realize the multiple benefits of agroecology, ensure better livelihood for farmers, and reverse the trends of climate crisis, biodiversity loss, inequity and hunger.

Who is this program for?

  • Graduate Students​
  • Activists, Practitioners, and Professionals seeking advanced learning in agroecology​
  • We believe that we learn best from a diversity of sources and a diversity of voices – online participation means you can join us from almost anywhere.