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Agroecology students at Bella Farm


Ernesto Méndez's Agroecological Pedagogy

When students enroll in Ernesto Méndez’s Advanced Agroecology class, they are signing up for a semester-long experience that has been carefully crafted for deep learning.

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Training & Savings Program for Vermont's Next Farmers Seeks Youth Participants

Know of a young person, age 14-21, who is ready to prepare for a future in agriculture?

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UVM-Led Team Receives $7.4 Million USDA Grant to Study Animal Disease Biosecurity

A recently announced $7.4 million, five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will place the University of Vermont at the forefront of a national effort to reduce the impact of catastrophic disease outbreaks within the U.S. livestock industry.

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April 28: Tierralismo Film Screening

Tierralismo: Stories from a Cooperative Farm is a documentary about the history and practices of one of Cuba’s most successful urban farms, the Organoponico Vivero Alamar (Alamar Organic Cooperative). Tierralismo introduces viewers to agronomists and senior management, as well as the workers who plant, plow, and propagate. What began as a necessity—farming without pesticides and chemical fertilizers—has become a source of pride to co-op members. The film shows how they fertilize with compost and cow manure, raise their own insects for biological pest control, and have even created a fully biodegradable alternative to the plastic bag for use with seedlings.

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