For more than 100 years, University of Vermont (UVM) Extension has delivered education tailored to local needs. Our faculty and staff, located in 12 offices around the state, help improve the quality of life of Vermonters through research-based educational programs and practical information.

UVM Extension integrates higher education, research and outreach to help individuals and communities put knowledge to work in their families and homes, farms, businesses, towns and the natural environment.

This is where we marry technology and social capital to create a true community of learning.  When faculty, farmers and producers all bring their knowledge and understanding to the table, it's pretty magical.

-Professor Vern Grubinger, vegetable and berry specialist, UVM Extension

 

Together, we:

Educate individuals and families

  • Engage youth through 4-H and other programs
  • Teach nutrition and food safety
  • Help families thrive
  • Provide home gardening information
  • Encourage lifelong learning

Support agriculture and the environment

  • Increase agricultural business profitability
  • Support forest and farm stewardship and safety
  • Encourage expanded markets for locally produced foods
  • Facilitate farm transfers to maintain a working landscape

Strengthen communities

  • Teach leadership and communication skills
  • Increase youth involvement in communities
  • Promote economic development and collaborative community projects
  • Support local water quality improvement programs

12 Locations Around Vermont

Map of UVM Extension Locations

State Office (UVM Campus)
Bennington
Berlin
Brattleboro
Middlebury
Morrisville
Newport
Rutland
St. Albans
St. Johnsbury
South Burlington
Springfield

 

 

 

Leadership

Tom Vogelmann

Dean, UVM Extension

 

Gary Deziel

Associate Dean, Finance and Operations

Dan Lerner

Associate Dean, Faculty and Programs

 

Sarah Kleinman

Director, State 4-H Program

Linda Berlin

Director, UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture

 

Director's Office

23 Mansfield Ave.
Burlington, VT 05401-3323
Phone: 802-656-2990 or 1-866-622-2990 (toll-free in Vt.)
Fax: 802-656-8642

See all of our office locations and find other members of faculty and staff at UVM Extension.

Mission, Values & Vision

Mission

The mission of University of Vermont Extension is to improve the quality of life of Vermonters by providing research-based educational programs and practical information concerning Vermont communities, families and homes, farms, businesses and the natural environment.
Values

Extension's guiding values comprise the following:

  • Deep respect for people and their diversity - those served and those within the organization.
  • Dedication to the stewardship of Vermont’s natural resources and the working landscape.
  • Commitment to high-quality research and outreach education.
  • Regard for the essential role of good communication - personal and technical - within Extension and with every audience served.
  • Commitment to the most efficient use of Extension’s resources to meet the educational needs of Vermont citizens and their communities.

These values underlie Extension's goals, and provide focus and inspiration for carrying out our mission.

Vision

UVM Extension will further expand its recognition as a leading resource for evidence-based education that is applied to the problems faced by Vermont communities.  We will grow our reputation as a proactive outreach unit of Vermont's land-grant institution (The University of Vermont) and we will be recognized as seeking to identify relevant needs and opportunities, and match them with appropriate research-centered programming. UVM Extension will be a diverse organization that teaches audiences across the spectrum, and offers programs that improve the economic, social, and ecological health of Vermont because we recognize that education is a powerful tool for improving knowledge, decision-making and self-reliance, at the individual, group or policy making level.

UVM Extension will continue to be recognized as a model of sustainable financial management. We will work to insure that successful grant writing faculty and staff are represented in all core program areas. Our funding will continue to come from an increasing variety of sources - grants, donations, and user fees - along with state and federal support. We will remain committed to offering reasonably priced educational programming to all participants and to ensuring programs are truly available to all Vermonters, through program planning that guarantees access to all.

Recognition of the "Extension brand" as providing research-based information to help individuals and groups make positive decisions and changes will grow. Educational program delivery methods will continue to include one-on-one, group settings and webinars as we match the communications method(s) (newspaper, television and telephone) and message(s) to the audience(s). UVM Extension will continue to expand the ability of the organization and the audiences to use and apply teaching and learning through a range of technology and communications abilities, to include websites, social media (such as Facebook and Twitter), a mobile computer-training laboratory, the eXtension network and other appropriate new methods that will provide high-quality service to our audiences.

UVM Extension will continue to expand and sustain its bridges between academic, business, non-profit, government and community leaders to enhance the number of successful partnerships that improve the well-being of people's lives personally and professionally.

Advisory Board & Congressional Liaisons

UVM Extension Advisory Board Members

Ray Allen, South Hero
Joe Buley, Montpelier
Patricia Coates, Jericho
Maree Gaetani, Stowe
Jean Hamilton, Plainfield
Dyani Jones, Jericho
Beth Kennett, Rochester
Darren Kerr, Middlebury
Suzi Pike, Stowe
Katherine Sims, Westfield
Steven Sinclair, Montpelier
Catherine Thrasher, Rupert
Karen Trubitt, North Bennington

UVM Extension Congressional Liaisons

Tom Berry, Burlington
Jennifer Nelson, St. Johnsbury
Ryan McLaren, Burlington

Strategic Plan

UVM Extension plans for the future

We challenge our faculty, staff and regional stakeholders to keep improving what defines our value, our importance, and our significance.  In our most recent Strategic Plan, UVM Extension identified five broad goals:

  • Focus on programming that shows high impact
  • Offer programming reflective of and relevant to the diversity of our audiences
  • Focus on effective program delivery
  • Operate a financially sustainable organization
  • Increase visibility and stature in Extension in Vermont communities

Download the most recent Extension Strategic Plan (pdf)

Dean's Welcome

Tom Vogelmann

As a land-grant university, UVM is deeply committed to working with Vermonters in a practical approach to education through agriculture and engineering; Extension helps make those connections.

Tom Vogelmann
Dean, UVM Extension and UVM College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Fast Facts: Extension

Serving Vermonters Since 1913

  • UVM Extension began on February 15, 1913 with a funding appropriation from the Vermont Legislature, and continues to serve the residents of Vermont after over 100 years.
  • Offices and personnel in 11 of 14 Vermont counties.
  • More than 200 faculty and staff who specialize in community development, human nutrition, youth, natural resources and agriculture.
  • Annual budget more than $11 million from federal and state appropriations, grants, fees, and private support.
  • Home of Across the Fence, the longest running daily farm and home television program in the country.

Employment

All open positions at UVM Extension are posted in the online job application system (UVM Jobs site), which is updated daily.

The University of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Applications from women, veterans and people from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged.

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