Extension started as an organization to serve Vermonters outside the University community.
We continue to build partnerships between academic, business, non-profit, government and community leaders to bring the benefits of research-based education to our citizens
100 Years of UVM Extension
UVM Extension started on February 15, 1913, when the Vermont Legislature passed an act that appropriated funds "solely for the work in agricultural extension." Since that day, UVM Extension has been helping individuals and communities put research-based knowledge to work.
In the early days, much of our work was helping farmers increase their crop yields and productivity through the use of fertilizers and machinery, and building 4-H youth education programs. Today, Extension is educating low-income families how to prepare nutritious meals on a limited budget, teaching youth life skills through 4-H, providing marketing and business planning services to farmers, and working with producers, distributors and retailers to promote a local foods system.
Much has changed over the years but one thing has not: our commitment to working with the people in Vermont to strengthen families, communities, and our working landscape.
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