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Common Ground Student-Run Educational Farm


Common Ground, an organic student run educational farm, was born through the Common Ground Agricultural Club at the end of spring semester of 1994. During a UVM Plant and Soil Science Agro ecology class fieldtrip students decided that Common Ground club should focus on agricultural issues. The name “Common Ground” came from the first club meeting at “Common Ground” restaurant in Brattleboro. The founding students and key players in the success include: Mike Ghia (Grad-PSS), Amanda Ellis (PSS), Ross Thurber (Self-designed), Jennifer Cirillo (PSS), Ryan Rich (PSS), Nat Bacon (PSS), Thea Preuss (PSS) and Stacey Spencer (UFLH) The group of students asked Dr. Wendy Sue Harper, a Soil Scientist in the Plant and Soil Science (PSS) Department, to be a their lead faculty advisor.

The following September, students decided to focus on four areas: Firstly to write a “Green Column” in the UVM Cynic Newspaper with issues concerning sustainable agriculture. Second working to get locally grown food on campus. Thirdly, setting-up field trips to visit specific farms in Vermont. Fourth, they decided to develop a student run farm. The students continued to work on all four areas for the remainder of the year.

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