University of Vermont

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

CALS Research and Teaching Facilities

Committed to enhancing the vitality of rural communities and agriculture, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences maintains four off-campus facilities that provide relevant research, educational and outreach opportunities for researchers, students, agricultural producers, and the public. Each of the four centers demonstrates agricultural production--emphasizing quality, efficiency, productivity, and natural resource protection--and provides extensive research facilities for investigating issues of concern to producers and consumers. In addition to educational activities including classes, student-run projects, and a wealth of hands-on experience, each facility hosts conferences and tours for producers and welcomes thousands of visitors each year.

Off Campus Facilities

Entomology Research Laboratory, Spear Street, So. Burlington, VT 

Entomology Research Laboratory

Located just off campus on Spear Street, research at this facility is devoted to the development of effective biological control agents for forest, greenhouse, and vegetable insect pest management.


Direction Sign for Horticulture Research Center

Horticultural Research Center, Green Mountain Drive, South Burlington, VT.

The “Hort Farm” strives to be an accessible working lab and classroom for horticultural technology. Apple variety research as well as field collections of rare flowering crabapples, lilacs, and perennials are showcased during special events. This is also home to the student run Common Ground Student Educational Farm. Ongoing research projects and forest communities are featured along self-guided walking trail tours. Visitors are welcome Monday to Friday 8 am to 4 pm (no fee).

UVM Morgan Horse Farm continues to breed the well-respected Government and UVM lines of Morgan Horses.Morgan Horse Farm, Weybridge, VT

This center has a distinctive mission: maintenance and improvement of Vermont’s own Morgan horse breed. An apprentice program as well as breed research and outreach to the Vermont horse community are conducted in addition to promotion and sales of Morgan horses. The buildings and grounds, a national historic site, are a unique attraction in Vermont. Visiting hours are 9 am to 4 pm daily, May 1 to Oct 31. A small admission fee covers guided tours of the stables and an audio-visual presentation.

The Paul Miller Research Complex, commonly known as the UVM Farms, houses dairy and equine operations in addition to a "constructed wetlands" for research on handling agricultural run-off.

The Paul Miller Research Complex, Spear Street, South Burlington, VT

The Paul Miller Research Complex houses both the Miller Farm and the Ellen A. Hardacre Equine Center. This complex is home to the innovative CREAM and EQUUS programs with student managed facilities as well as the UVM dairy research herd. Also located at this site is the UVM wetlands project which is researching ways to use wetlands and natural filters to reduce farm run off pollution. Self-guided tours are available all day between 8 am and 5 pm (no fee).

Proctor Maple Research Center

Proctor Maple Research Center, Underhill Center, VT

The mission of the Proctor Maple Research Center is divided into three categories, maple research, demonstrations and education. The Center is used as a field classroom for students, scientists in many disciplines and for maple syrup producers. Visitors are welcome daily from 8 am to 4:30 pm (no fee).

On Campus Facilities

Agricultural and Environmental Testing Lab 

The UVM Agricultural and Environmental Testing Lab reduced the scope of its services in October 2007 to focus entirely on soil and manure testing. Test results are interpreted with a software program designed by UVM researchers and UVM Extension faculty and based on their experience and research results with Vermont farming and gardening

UVM's on-campus greenhouse is open to the public.

UVM Greenhouse 

The UVM greenhouse is actually several facilities that provide greenhouse and nursery space to our plant scientists and students. The main house, located on campus, is used extensively for teaching and research.  There are also houses located at the Entomology Research Laboratory on Spear Street, used for research, and at the Horticultural Research Center Complex, used for research, teaching and student use.

The Prigle Herbarium collection currently includes over 270,000 sheets of mounted and accessioned plants from Vermont and throughout the world.

Pringle Herbarium

Housing over 330,000 speciums, this is the third largest plant collection in New England. It is an resource for systematic and floristics research, both regionally and internationally.

UVM researches a wide range of issues concerning cheese.

Vermont Institute for Artisan Cheese 

The Vermont Institute for Artisan Cheese is the nation’s first and only comprehensive center devoted to artisan cheese. The institute provides education, research, technical services and public service to increase knowledge, appreciation, and the expansion of artisan cheese.

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