University of Vermont

Common Ground Student-Run Educational Farm


Common Ground was featured in the winter 1998 issue of the Vermont Quarterly, UVM’s alumni magazine. President Judith Ramaley’s inauguration speech spoke of building UVM as a “virtuous University” as “a place where learning has visible consequences and where are connected to each other in human relationships”. Common Ground was one of ten examples where a “virtuous university” was happening at UVM.

In January of 1998, Common Ground became recognized as a University club by the student government. This allowed them to receive funding form the student government and continue to support their club commitment of growing 50% of their vegetables for donations to local anti-hunger organizations. As a result they wrote a constitution, by-laws, mission statement and budget.

Members included Eric Wells (ENSC and PSS) and Christina Fabrey (PSS) Co-Farm managers and Nate Smith (BOT) as an intern. They continued to work on developing accurate planning to grow vegetables of the highest quality and to keep sound records. They had 16 shareholders and were able to donate a total of 1519 pounds to Chittenden Co. Emergency Food shelf and the Salvation Army Soup Kitchen.

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