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Green Mountain College
Founded in 1834, Green Mountain College is a private, four-year liberal arts institution that takes the environment as a unifying theme. Students gain hands-on experience through internships, service-learning opportunities and study abroad programs. GMC’s Farm and Food Project, based at the College’s Cerridwen Farm, reflects this emphasis on experiential learning.
Sustainable Agriculture & Food Production Major
Through this recently introduced major, students learn about agriculture and food systems in a liberal arts context. The Sustainable Agriculture & Food Production Major builds on the College’s strong reputation as a laboratory for sustainable agriculture. In 2008 the Farm and Food Project received $110,000 from The Jensen/Hinman Family Fund to support research aimed at running Cerridwen Farm with minimal fossil fuels. In 2009, Vermont's Windham Foundation funded a three-year study aimed at producing higher vegetable yields with less energy.
Farm Life Ecology: A Field & Table Intensive
This 13 week, 12 credit summer program allows students to manage the farm's operations while learning about sustainable agriculture. The curriculum includes:
- Fundamentals of organic crop and animal management;
- Efficient integration and management of highly diverse farm systems;
- Development of appropriate agricultural technologies, focusing on human and animal power;
- Social and cultural importance of regional foods.
Students gain the skills and knowledge for a range of careers. Some may start their own small-scale farms, tackle policy issues, pursue advanced degrees or work for non-profit advocacy organizations.
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