University of Vermont

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Student-Run Programs

Student-Run Programs

Students in CALS have the opportunity to participate in the management and operation of farm businesses, including a 34-cow dairy herd, a cross-discipline horse barn cooperative, and a 3-acre vegetable farm.

Animal Science InternshipsCREAM
(Cooperative for Real Education in Agricultural Management)

CREAM is a student run dairy program located at the Miller Research Centre, within walking distance of the main UVM campus. Students perform all of the barn chores and learn to successfully manage a dairy operation. There are currently 34 milking cows, split evenly between Holsteins and Jerseys. Being a closed herd approximately 30 replacement heifers are raised onsite. The CREAM herd is one of the highest producing and genetically superior herds in Vermont. The milking cows are all housed and milked in the CREAM barn and the heifers are in the accompanying buildings . Around 15-16 students enter the program for one year each year and gain 8 credits. Many have no background in dairy or livestock at the start but soon acquire it! CREAM provides a superb learning experience. For additional information, please click here.

UVM Horse Barn Co-OpCooperative Horse Barn

The UVM Cooperative Horse Barn is an educational facility in which students have the opportunity to learn skills such as equine management, teamwork and leadership while bringing their horse with them to college. Members of the UVM Horse Barn pay a decreased boarding fee and are responsible for the care of their own horse as well as additional chores and time spent at the barn completing horse watch duties and attending meetings. Students are also largely involved in the management and decision-making processes within the Horse Barn. For more information, please click here.

Common Ground Student-Run Farm Common Ground Student-Run Farm

Located in South Burlington, the Common Ground farm shares land with the UVM Horticultural Research Center. Its three acres supports the growth of fresh, nutritious, and delicious vegetables. Common Ground is 100% run by club members, all part of the non-profit student club recognized by UVM. Students get hands-on experience in crop production, soil conservation, and farm management. For more information, please click here.


Offered both fall and spring, EQUUS is an equine management course focused on hands-on horse care, including preventative medicine, infectioous disease, nutrition, herd health, and horseback riding. Students present on different topics, including riding disciplines, common horse care products and equipment, and international use of horses, as well as write a semester-long research paper on a topic that interests them in the equine world. No prior horse experience is required and students are encouraged to immerse themselves in the horse barn cooperative program.
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