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Online Learning, Global Programs, Farm Enhancements, and Nationwide Leadership: Innovation Thrives in Food Systems Education at Vermont’s Higher Ed Schools
This summer Vermont’s colleges and universities are buzzing with inventive and hands-on learning that drives global food system solutions. The seven members of the Vermont Higher Education Food Systems Consortium are continuing to expand their... more
Two Weeks, Seven Schools: Students Invited to Vermont to Discover the Future of Food
As seen in Vermont Business Magazine: For Immediate Release: April 4, 2016 Contact: Paul Costello, Vermont Council on Rural Development;, 802.223.... more
Lessons from Students: Making the Most of Vermont’s Food Web
Written by Vicky Tebbets Students from around the country plunged into a whirlwind tour of Vermont last June with one goal: immersion in Vermont’s food systems. For 21 intensive days they traveled 404 miles, learned from leaders at five colleges,... more
Students Traverse Vermont on Food Systems Tour
By Leon Thompson Vermont Correspondent, Lancaster Farming: ST. ALBANS, Vt. — Long Island native Kasey Wien had never been to a dairy farm... more
Video ~ Course allows students to explore Vt. food systems
As broadcasted by WCAX-TV, June 10, 2015: A group of college and grad students is taking a first-of-its-kind course this month a tour of Vermont’s local food... more
Field Day: The Summer Study Tour Blog
Check out the Summer Study Tour Blog by Ivars Balkits, the media fellow of the Vermont Summer Study Tour. An adventurer by nature with a background in agriculture and ecology, Ivars currently hails from the midwest. Discover the Vermont food... more
Media Invited to Visit with Students on Statewide Farm and Food Summer Study Tour
Members of the press are invited to connect with student leaders from across the nation on tour in Vermont from May 31 – June 20. The Vermont Food Systems Summer Study Tour invites students to move from the classroom to field and forest with an... more
Farm and Food Student Leaders to Arrive in Vermont for Whirlwind Study Tour
Leaders from across the nation who are studying how communities source, grow, process, purchase, and contemplate food will soon arrive in the Green Mountain State for the inaugural three-week Vermont Food Systems Summer Study Tour, May 31 – June 20... more
Beyond Basics: Feast Your Eyes, Heart, and Mind on Vermont Food and Farm Education
By Vicky Tebbetts, Published in Food Solutions New England A quiet revolution is astir in Vermont. Food systems education, practical agricultural experience, entrepreneurship, and inspiration have blended into an elixir for community revitalization... more
Vermont: America’s Food Relocalization Laboratory
By Steve Holt, Civil Eats: If most Americans were to rank the nation’s most influential states, chances are Vermont would not make many lists. But it should. Quietly,... more
New England Culinary Institute Joins the Vermont Higher Ed Food Systems Consortium
Montpelier’s New England Culinary Institute (NECI) has joined Vermont’s education and agriculture leaders as part of the Vermont Higher Education Food Systems Consortium. A visionary for Vermont’s evolving food economy for many years, NECI offers... more
Commentary: The 21st Century Global Food System: This Summer, Vermont is its Classroom
For nearly a half century, Sterling College has emphasized a "working hands-working minds" approach to education that views agriculture through the lens of environmental stewardship. This college, and its program of study refined over many decades,... more
Summer Study Tour: Savoring the flavors of Vermont farm and food education
Published in Leaders from education and agriculture are collaborating on an innovative “movable feast” of study where undergraduate and graduate students... more
Food And Farming Consortium's Pilot Course Will Sample From College Programs
By Steve Zind. Click here to listen to the story: --------------- Last November, a group of Vermont colleges announced the formation of a consortium to promote food and... more
Costello Commentary: Leveraging Vermont’s Working Landscape Assets
By Paul Costello, VCRD Executive Director Vermonters have always known that our working landscape is our greatest asset. It drives our economy, brings tourists from away, and sustains the wonderful environment where we live, work and play. Vermont... more
Food systems proposal crucial
Editorial by Emerson Lynn, St. Albans Messenger: Vermont is not flush with products or services that lend themselves to national brands of any significant scale. We have neither the population nor the central location to... more
Vt. Aims To Become Food Systems Education Leader
by LISA RATHKE, Associated Press MONTPELIER -- Vermont, with its reputation for handcrafted premium cheeses, pure maple syrup and craft beers, now wants to become a national leader in food systems education. Several Vermont colleges and... more
Vermont aims to become hub of food systems education
MONTPELIER (AP) -- Known for its commitment to local foods and its artisanal cheeses, maple syrup and even beer, Vermont now hopes to become a national hub for food systems education. On Thursday, the presidents of the University of Vermont,... more
Colleges Will Share Students To Boost Food & Ag Education
by Steve Zind, Vermont Public Radio A group of Vermont public and private higher learning institutions has announced a plan to share students and programs in an effort to boost the state’s image as an education center for agriculture and food... more
Vermont Colleges to share resources in creating food systems degree
by John Herrick, A consortium of Vermont colleges launched a plan Thursday to make the state “the destination for agricultural education.” The colleges announced an agreement to share the state as a “campus” for undergraduate,... more
New Consortium Will Make Vermont a Global Center of Food Systems Education
Vermont took a giant step today towards becoming a global center for food systems education. The leaders of six of Vermont’s higher education institutions were at the State House to sign a groundbreaking agreement to create a premier destination for... more
Vermont aims to become hub of food systems education Six educational institutions have signed on to be part of the initiative
by Tim Johnson, Burlington Free Press MONTPELIER — Vermont’s leaders love to tout synergy, and a joint news conference Thursday morning announced another showcase example: an initiative that will have colleges, state government and educable youth... more