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.
Most of our research happens outside the classroom...
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.
Agriculture and Environmental Testing Lab
The UVM Agricultural and Environmental Testing Lab provides soil and manure testing services in conjunction with the University of Maine. The Lab also provides UVM researchers with access to advanced analytical instrumentation, both for sample submission and hands-on use. Training is available in a variety of nutrient and metal analyses.
The UVM Greenhouse consists of 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.
Housing over 330,000 specimens, The Pringle Herbarium the third largest plant collection in New England. It is an resource for systematic and floristics research, both regionally and internationally.
Entomology Research Laboratory
Located just off campus on Spear Street, research at The Entomology Research Laboratory is devoted to the development of effective biological control agents for forest, greenhouse, and vegetable insect pest management.
Horticultural Research Center
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 Catamount 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).
Morgan Horse Farm
The UVM Morgan Horse Farm 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 is 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.
Paul Miller Research Center
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
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).