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Food System Research Collaborative

The Food System Research Collaborative was launched by the Center for Rural Studies with a meeting of the minds on February 6, 2009. The primary goal of the Collaborative is to join on-campus and off-campus organizations in efforts to further food system research and enhance linkages to the work on the ground in Vermont and beyond.

Join the Conversation

Visit the Food System Research Collaborative's website,, a forum for discussion, collaboration, and information about food system research in Vermont.

The Food System Research Collaborative email listserv is open to all. Click here to view the posts or subscribe.

Food System Minigrant Funding

In 2012 CRS awarded three projects in the Food System Minigrant Program.

Setting the Research Agenda

Through an assessment of research gaps, researchers and representatives from organizations throughout Vermont identified the following research questions:

  • How do you make the food system more robust?
  • Can an increase in marketing and education drive the system forward?
  • What are the leverage points for change and the system constraints?
  • How do we remove barriers for people who want to enter the field?
  • How do we change perceptions of Ag as a low value economic sector?

Volume 2

Volume 1

Additional CRS Research involving Food Systems

Find links to selected CRS publications here.

Questions about the Collaborative?

If you have an idea for or a question about the Food System Research Collaborative, contact CRS Director Jane Kolodinsky.

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