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The Power of Relationships: Advancing Agroecology in a Changing World

The Power of Relationships: Advancing Agroecology in a Changing World By Sara Klimek (Reposted with permission from https://www.uvm.edu/newsstories/news/power-relationships) Ava Murphey of UVM’s Agroecology and Livelihoods Collaborative (ALC) and Fatou Batta, Groundswell International West Africa consultant and project partner, share insights from community dialogue at ALC & Groundswell’s “Building Collaboration to Amplify Agroecology Conference.” (Photo: Sara … Continue reading “The Power of Relationships: Advancing Agroecology in a Changing World”

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ALC member highlight: Alissa White and Alisha Utter gain recognition for their work and research

ALC member highlight: Alissa White and Alisha Utter gain recognition for their work and research In the past month two members of the ALC (Agroecology and Livelihoods Collaborative) community of practice have been featured in various media streams. It is a true honor to be able to share the incredible work these two women are … Continue reading “ALC member highlight: Alissa White and Alisha Utter gain recognition for their work and research”

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An Afternoon at UVM’s Horticulture Research and Education Center

An Afternoon at UVM’s Horticulture Research and Education Center By Ernesto Méndez (ALC/PSS) and Rachel Leslie (CALS) Many UVM students take pride knowing that over 25% of campus food comes from local/community-based, fair, ecologically sound and humane food sources. What they may not know is that a portion of that food is cultivated by UVM … Continue reading “An Afternoon at UVM’s Horticulture Research and Education Center”

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ALC and Groundswell International Co-Host Agroecology Conference at the University of Vermont (UVM)

ALC and Groundswell International Co-Host Agroecology Conference at the University of Vermont (UVM) The ALC and Groundswell International are co-organizing the global conference on “Collaboration to Amplify Agroecology“. This event is the result of the formalization of a partnership between UVM’s Agroecology and Livelihoods Collaborative (ALC), in the UVM Plant and Soil Science Department (PSS), … Continue reading “ALC and Groundswell International Co-Host Agroecology Conference at the University of Vermont (UVM)”

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ALC visualizes and displays its community of practice

  ALC visualizes and displays its community of practice Last week, the ALC community developed a new display board to highlight their work and research around the globe. Every member created a profile including a brief bio and description of their work and academic interests. The profiles were displayed concentrically surrounding a world map with … Continue reading “ALC visualizes and displays its community of practice”

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Re/New Alliances: Working towards farmer-scholar collaboration for food sovereignty in North America

Re/New Alliances: Working towards farmer-scholar collaboration for food sovereignty in North America (this blog is a re-post taken, with permission, from the AgroecologyNow! website) by Jahi Chappell, Saulo Araujo & 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 … Continue reading “Re/New Alliances: Working towards farmer-scholar collaboration for food sovereignty in North America”

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UVM’s Agroecology and Livelihoods Collaborative (ALC) Strengthens International Collaborations on Transformative Agroecology

UVM’s Agroecology and Livelihoods Collaborative (ALC) Strengthens International Collaborations on Transformative Agroecology The ALC is excited to share the news that we have signed collaborative Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with 4 international organizations, as follows: Groundswell International, a network of organizations from Africa, the Americas and Asia, with a U.S. coordinating office, working on agroecology … Continue reading “UVM’s Agroecology and Livelihoods Collaborative (ALC) Strengthens International Collaborations on Transformative Agroecology”

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ALC co-organizes Mexico-Nicaragua learning exchange on smallholder coffee farm diversification

ALC co-organizes Mexico-Nicaragua learning exchange on smallholder coffee farm diversification ALC members Ernesto Méndez, Martha Caswell, and Janica Anderzén spent last week in Chiapas, Mexico, exchanging experiences and ideas around livelihood diversification, agroecology, and Participatory Action Research (PAR) in smallholder coffee communities of Mesoamerica. The week was both exciting and inspiring as coffee producers, academics, … Continue reading “ALC co-organizes Mexico-Nicaragua learning exchange on smallholder coffee farm diversification”

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The ALC is hiring a part-time Program Administrator

Agroecology and Livelihoods Collaborative (ALC)  part-time Program Administrator Position Summary The Agroecology and Livelihoods Collaborative (ALC) is a community of practice within the Department of Plant & Soil Science (PSS) at the University of Vermont. The ALC utilizes an approach grounded in agroecology, participatory action research (PAR), and transdisciplinarity. Our goal is to better understand … Continue reading “The ALC is hiring a part-time Program Administrator”

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Special Issue, in Spanish, on “Participatory and Activist Research in Agroecology”, with a contribution by ALC co-directors

Special Issue, in Spanish, on “Participatory and Activist Research in Agroecology”, with a contribution by ALC co-directors A new special issue of the journal Agroecología (Spain), on Participatory and Activist Research in Agroecology, is now available as open access, online. The issue brings together a diversity of experiences from around the world, with a focus … Continue reading “Special Issue, in Spanish, on “Participatory and Activist Research in Agroecology”, with a contribution by ALC co-directors”

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Martha Caswell assumes Co-Directorship of the Agroecology and Livelihoods Collaborative (ALC)

Martha Caswell assumes the Co-Directorship of the University of Vermont’s Agroecology and Livelihoods Collaborative (ALC) The University of Vermont’s (UVM) Agroecology and Livelihoods Collaborative (ALC), which started as my research group in 2006, has been growing and evolving, along with our main fields of action- agroecology and participatory action research (PAR). As we continue to … Continue reading “Martha Caswell assumes Co-Directorship of the Agroecology and Livelihoods Collaborative (ALC)”

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UVM Is: Martha Caswell Advocates for Agroecology

UVM Is: Martha Caswell Advocates for Agroecology Two months ago today, our friend and colleague Martha Caswell was featured in UVM Is for her work in agroecology. Published below is that article by Erica Housekeeper.  Countries around the world, from Senegal to Brazil and the Netherlands, are embracing agroecology to achieve a more sustainable food … Continue reading “UVM Is: Martha Caswell Advocates for Agroecology”

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Introduction to Agroecology 2019 Has Begun

Introduction to Agroecology Has Begun Spring has finally sprung in Vermont and the first course of the Certificate of Graduate Study in Agroecology is underway! Thirteen students started the course, PSS 311: Introduction to Agroecology, last Monday , bringing with them a multiplicity of perspectives from around the world. This session’s participants  hail from Ecuador and El Salvador; New York, New Jersey, … Continue reading “Introduction to Agroecology 2019 Has Begun”

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ALC’s Coffee farmer Cooperative Partners share experiences of diversification project at Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) Expo and UVM

  ALC’s Coffee farmer Cooperative Partners share experiences of diversification project at Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) Expo and UVM Leticia Velasco and Rigoberto Hernández Jonapá, collaborators from the CESMACH coffee cooperative (based in Chiapas, MX), visited the Northeast in mid-April. ALC members Martha Caswell, Janica Anderzén and Ernesto Méndez met up with Lety and Rigo … Continue reading “ALC’s Coffee farmer Cooperative Partners share experiences of diversification project at Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) Expo and UVM”

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Ernesto Mendez Joins International Researchers, Farmers, and Activists in Brazil

Ernesto Mendez Joins International Researchers, Farmers, and Activists in Brazil ALC Director and PSS Chair, Ernesto Mendez, traveled to Florianópolis, the capital city of Santa Catarina, Brazil, to attend a leadership team meeting of the Collaborative Crop Research Program (CCRP), of the McKnight Foundation. The week-long meeting brings together staff and researchers from the 3 … Continue reading “Ernesto Mendez Joins International Researchers, Farmers, and Activists in Brazil”

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From Apples to Popcorn, Climate Change Is Altering the Foods America Grows – NYT 4/29

ALC Community member and PhD candidate Alissa White spoke with New York Times reporter Kim Severson and lent some insight for her story about how climate change is impacting our diets. UVM Alum Lily Calderwood is also featured in the article. “…Couple that with mild winters that don’t kill off pests, and unusual weather patterns … Continue reading “From Apples to Popcorn, Climate Change Is Altering the Foods America Grows – NYT 4/29”

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Ernesto Mendez, ALC Director, reflects on Synergies between Agriculture and Environmental Studies through Agroecology

Ernesto Mendez, ALC Director, reflects on ‘Synergies between Agriculture and Environmental Studies through Agroecology’ I came to the United States when I was 18, seeking to get away from the violence of the civil war in my native El Salvador, and thanks to the economic privilege of my family. After several years of career exploration, and … Continue reading “Ernesto Mendez, ALC Director, reflects on Synergies between Agriculture and Environmental Studies through Agroecology”

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Greetings from AAG 2019!

Greetings from the American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting! UVM Plant and Soil Science PhD Students Alissa White and Janica Anderzén from the Agroecology and Livelihoods Collaborative presented their work yesterday at the special sessions on agroecology organized by CAWR (Center for Agroecology, Water & Resilience) and ARC (Agroecology Research-Action Collective). The meeting featured emerging … Continue reading “Greetings from AAG 2019!”

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Spotlight on Arbor Farmstead & Alisha Utter

ALC lab member Alisha Utter was recently featured in the UVM Women’s Agriculture Network series discussing how she uses diversification and agroecology to manage risks on her farm in Grand Isle, Arbor Farmstead. Additionally, Alisha draws upon veganic practices, which excludes the application of animal inputs. If you would like to learn more about the principles … Continue reading “Spotlight on Arbor Farmstead & Alisha Utter”

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ALC Undergraduate Fellows Host First “Womxn in Soil Science” Panel

ALC Undergraduate Fellows Host First “Womxn in Soil Science” Panel ALC Undergraduate Fellows, Allie Pankoff ‘19, Elise Schumacher ‘19, and Alanna McLaughlin ‘ 20 recently put together a Womxn in Soil Science panel inspired by a #SoilScienceSocietyofAmerica presentation on the state of Gender Parity in Soil Science. Allie on the panel: Our motivation for the Womxn in … Continue reading “ALC Undergraduate Fellows Host First “Womxn in Soil Science” Panel”

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The Farm Between wins 2018 Farmer-Rancher Pollinator Award for US

The Farm Between wins 2018 Farmer-Rancher Pollinator Award for US Nancy and John Hayden were recently recognized by the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC) with the 2018 Farmer-Rancher Pollinator Award for the United States. They received their Award at the NAPPC’s Conference in Washington DC.   Nancy and John steward The Farm Between in … Continue reading “The Farm Between wins 2018 Farmer-Rancher Pollinator Award for US”

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We’re Back!

After a few technical difficulties, the ALC website is back up and running. Stay tuned for posts from students, faculty, staff, and collaborators including: The Farm Between Wins the 2018 United States Farmer-Rancher Pollinator Award The ALC Fellows Program 2018 ALC Publications An Interview with ALC PhD Candidate and more…  

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NEW REPORT from IPES-Food: Seven case studies of agroecological transition

From the IPES-Food Website: 15 October, 2018 (Rome, Italy) – It is possible for communities, regions and whole countries to fundamentally redesign their food and farming systems – but doing so requires changes in the way communities envision their food systems, the way knowledge is shared, the way that food systems are governed, and the … Continue reading “NEW REPORT from IPES-Food: Seven case studies of agroecological transition”

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Jahi Chappell discusses ‘Beginning to End Hunger’ at UVM

Jahi Chappell discusses ‘Beginning to End Hunger’ at UVM Political Agroecologist Dr. M. Jahi Chappell delivered an address to over 80 people at the University of Vermont (UVM), last Friday September 14. Jahi is a widely recognized agroecologist, with a diverse trajectory that includes being a professor at Washington State University, an analyst at the … Continue reading “Jahi Chappell discusses ‘Beginning to End Hunger’ at UVM”

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ALC Research Fellows Jump-start On-farm research in Advanced Agroecology Course

ALC Research Fellows Jump-start On-farm research in Advanced Agroecology Course Today (August 31), was the first farm day for 3 teams of Advanced Agroecology (PSS/ENVS 212) students, as they headed out to Jericho Settlers Farm, UVM Catamount Farm/Farmer Training Program, and the Farm Between. Students were going to meet their farmer partners, get an overview of … Continue reading “ALC Research Fellows Jump-start On-farm research in Advanced Agroecology Course”

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First offering of Agroecology Graduate Certificate Introductory Course

First offering of Agroecology Graduate Certificate Introductory Course The ALC team recently concluded the first offering of PSS 311: Introduction to Agroecology, the first course of our Certificate of Graduate Study in Agroecology (CGSA). We had a great crew of 11 participants, from the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico. The course is a hybrid, … Continue reading “First offering of Agroecology Graduate Certificate Introductory Course”

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The ALC is hiring a part-time program administrator

The ALC is hiring a part-time program administrator We are seeking a highly organized, personable, tech-saavy and motivated individual to join our team as a program administrator. Full job description is below. If you are interested, please send a cover letter, resume and contact information for 3 references to agroecol@uvm.edu ALC Program Administrator Position Summary … Continue reading “The ALC is hiring a part-time program administrator”

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Farmer research networks & ‘Agroecological X-rays’ in the South American Andes

In mid July, ALC director Ernesto Méndez joined Maria Rosa Yumbla and Ronald Herrera, PhD students at the Universidad Pablo de Olavide (Spain), at the Andes Community of Practice (CoP) meeting of the Collaborative Crop Research Program (CCRP), in Arequipa, Perú. Yumbla and Herrera are conducting PhD studies in agroecology, and working on an ALC … Continue reading “Farmer research networks & ‘Agroecological X-rays’ in the South American Andes”

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Katie Goodall, ALC/PSS Alum Carries on with Agroecology

Katie Goodall, who did her Ph.D. with the Agroecology and Livelihoods Collaborative (ALC), in the Plant and Soil Science Department, at UVM, carries on strong with agroecology teaching. Now an Assistant Dean at the School for Field Studies, Katie is returning to the University of Michigan’s Biological Station to teach Agroecology. She was a teaching … Continue reading “Katie Goodall, ALC/PSS Alum Carries on with Agroecology”

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ALC launches second cohort of Undergraduate Research Fellows

The ALC is pleased to invite applications for the second cohort of the Agroecology & Livelihoods Collaborative (ALC) Undergraduate Research Fellows Program (ALC Fellows Program). The ALC Fellows Program provides upper division (3rd year +) students the opportunity to develop skills and gain knowledge in agroecology and participatory action research (PAR) to become integral team … Continue reading “ALC launches second cohort of Undergraduate Research Fellows”

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ALC director participates in West Africa Community of Practice (CoP) of McKnight’s Collaborative Crop Research Program (CCRP)

ALC director participates in West Africa Community of Practice (CoP) of McKnight’s Collaborative Crop Research Program (CCRP) In his role as agroecology advisor to the CCRP, ALC director Ernesto Méndez joined the CCRP’s West Africa CoP for their annual meeting, held in Niamey, Niger, February 26-March 3. This year, the CoP brought together 14 research … Continue reading “ALC director participates in West Africa Community of Practice (CoP) of McKnight’s Collaborative Crop Research Program (CCRP)”

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Bridging the Climate Information Usability Gap in Agricultural Communities

In January, ALC Master’s student, Alissa White, presented at the American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas. White writes, “I joined about 2,000 people who are mostly weather scientists and climate physicists for their 98th annual meeting.  This long-standing scientific community made the theme for this year’s meeting “Transforming communication through co-production”.  There was a … Continue reading “Bridging the Climate Information Usability Gap in Agricultural Communities”

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Can we Certify Environmentally Responsible Agriculture?: A challenge for Science and Policy

Check out the recent blog post by PhD student Ben Dubé, “Can we Certify Environmentally Responsible Agriculture?: A challenge for Science and Policy.“

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Graduate Student Highlight: PhD Student Alisha Utter

On Monday (1/22) ALC lab member, Alisha Utter, was elected as a board member for the Vermont Vegetable and Berry Growers Association (VVBGA). In addition to the VVBGA, she serves as a leadership team member for the Vermont Young Farmers Coalition, secretary for the Champlain Islands Farmers Market, and a 2017-18 Vermont Changemaker via Vermont … Continue reading “Graduate Student Highlight: PhD Student Alisha Utter”

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New Article: Origin of Pest Lineages of the Colorado Potato Beetle (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae)

Click here to read the new article by ALC’s Educational Coordinator, Vic Izzo!

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Researcher Highlight: M.S. Candidate, Alissa White

The New England Adaptation Survey is a research project based at the University of Vermont’s Department of Plant and Soil Science. The purpose of this study is to generate usable information for farmers about adaptation strategies and practices, and is based on the idea that many growers are already actively and successfully adapting to severe … Continue reading “Researcher Highlight: M.S. Candidate, Alissa White”

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ALC in Cuba

ALC Research and Outreach Coordinator, Martha Caswell, joined a delegation of Vermonters who attended the 4th International Conference on Agroecology hosted by the Cuban National Association of Small Farmers (ANAP) and Via Campesina. Colleagues from the Vermont Carribean Institute (VCI), the Intervale Center, UVM Catamount Farm, the Vermont Community Garden Network and Farm to Plate comprised a group looking at … Continue reading “ALC in Cuba”

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Reflections from the Agroecology Shortcourse

Check out the Community Agroecology Network​’s recent newsletter, a spotlight on the 18th Annual International Agroecology Shortcourse hosted by the ALC and CAN! Thanks for sharing, CAN, and for your continued partnership! Check out the newsletter here: http://web-extract.constantcontact.com/v1/social_annotation?permalink_uri=2CdoTAr&image_url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.constantcontact.com%2Ffaf14f5b001%2F12c9e599-5b6e-462a-8973-f6631fa0d5ad.jpg

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ALC at 10th Annual Young Farmers Conference

Ernesto Mendéz, Vic Izzo, and Alisha Utter, Ph.D. student in Plant and Soil Science and farmer at Arbor Farmstead in Grand Isle, represented the Agroecology and Livelihoods Collaborative at the 10th Annual Young Farmers Conference held at the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture located in Westchester County, New York. Ernesto was a member of … Continue reading “ALC at 10th Annual Young Farmers Conference”

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ALC Strengthens Partnerships for Agroecology and PAR in Brazil

In the past few months, ALC Director Ernesto Mendéz, has visited Brazil on two occasions: the first was for the 2018 Latin American Scientific Society of Agroecology (SOCLA) Meeting and the second to present a keynote address at the 8th Annual Agroecology Congress of the State of Santa Catarina. Highlights Within the SOCLA congress, a … Continue reading “ALC Strengthens Partnerships for Agroecology and PAR in Brazil”

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New Article: Climate seasonality, fire and global patterns of tree cover

Check out the article recently published by ALC Research Associate, Gabriela Bucini, titled, “Climate seasonality, fire and global patterns of tree cover“. Click the link to read the article! Abstract: Vegetation systems with varying levels of tree cover are widely distributed globally, but the determinants of vegetation and tree cover still lack a consistent global … Continue reading “New Article: Climate seasonality, fire and global patterns of tree cover”

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New Course Alert! PSS 312: Ecological Foundations of Agroecology

Dear Friends and Colleagues,   We are reaching out to let you know about a new online course being offered Spring 2018, PSS 312: Ecological Foundations of Agroecology (3 credits). This course will be taught by Dr. Vic Izzo, UVM Lecturer in Plant and Soil Science (PSS).   Course Description: This online course examines the ecological foundations of Agroecology, … Continue reading “New Course Alert! PSS 312: Ecological Foundations of Agroecology”

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Janica Anderzén, Ph.D. Student on PECSII Conference in Mexico

Janica Anderzén, a PhD student in the ALC, presenting a Participatory Action Research (PAR) project on livelihood diversification in smallholder coffee communities in Chiapas, Mexico. ALC is one of the partners in this collaborative and transdisciplinary project. The PECSII conference on “Place-based transdisciplinary research for global sustainability” was held in Oaxaca, Mexico. What a great … Continue reading “Janica Anderzén, Ph.D. Student on PECSII Conference in Mexico”

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ALC Awarded EPI Grant

The Agroecology and Livelihoods Collaborative is excited to announce that our new project, Engaging Co-Learning Through Participatory Action Research (PAR), has been awarded funding through the Engaged Practices Innovation Grant at the University of Vermont. The abstract for this proposal states, “We recognize that participating in real, hands-on agroecology-related research has resulted in important results for … Continue reading “ALC Awarded EPI Grant”

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E4A Convergence

PhD students of the ALC and the Economics for the Anthropocene (E4A) program – Ben, Sam and Janica – discussing ecological economics, and the content, methods and scope of education in the Anthropocence (or the Ecozoic!) in an E4A partnership meeting in Montreal October 19.

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ALC Student Research Opportunity

We are seeking highly motivated ENVS seniors looking for a thesis or internship capstone project in agroecology, climate change and farming in the Northeast to join a research team led by a graduate student in the Plant and Soil Science Department. What information do farmers and outreach professionals need to best support vegetable and berry … Continue reading “ALC Student Research Opportunity”

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ALC Hosts Participatory Action Research (PAR) Workshop at UVM

The Agroecology and Livelihoods Collaborative (ALC) hosted a full day workshop on Participatory Action Research (PAR) at UVM, on September 29. The workshop included lectures, case study presentations and participant exercises to better understand what PAR is and how to do it. The workshop was organized in collaboration with the Economics for the Anthropocene (E4A) program, a collaborative initiative among UVM, … Continue reading “ALC Hosts Participatory Action Research (PAR) Workshop at UVM”

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New Book Review of Agroecology Text

Check out Molly D. Anderson’s book review below of, Agroecology: A Transdisciplinary, Participatory and Action-Oriented Approach. Anderson writes, This book assembles contributions from some of the most outspoken and articulate academic advocates, practitioners, and analysts of agroecology (and most authors work across these realms). Many of them have worked together and mentored or influenced each other, … Continue reading “New Book Review of Agroecology Text”

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UVM Food Feed Blog: Spotlight on Shortcourse

Samuel Bevet, a graduate student in the UVM Food Systems Master’s Program and member of the 18th Annual International Agroecology Shortcourse wrote a spotlight on the course. Have a look!  

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UVM Is: Ernesto Mendéz Creating Positive Change in the Agroecology Movement

UVM Out-Reach did a great write-up on the ALC, the Certificate of Graduate Study in Agroecology, and his ongoing work with PAR. Have a look!

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