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whatis What is CREAM?
  • CREAM stands for Cooperative for Real Education in Agricultural Management.                                                                                       
  • CREAM is a program in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) at the University of Vermont.
  • CREAM places emphasis on experiential learning to develop interpersonal, teamwork, and practical problem-solving skills.
  • 15 Students milk a herd of 34 registered Holstein cows and manage an average of 60 cattle for one school year.
CREAM cows in the barnWhat does CREAM entail?
  • During the calendar year of 2017, 15 students will manage the CREAM herd
  • The academic year program runs the Spring and Fall semester (8 credits)
  • Chores and management responsibilities are divided equally among the students (about two milkings and two checks per week). 
    • Milking chores are 3:30 AM-8:00 AM and 2:30 PM-7:00 PM.
    • Checks (cleaning and checking on the herd) are at 10:00 AM-11:30 AM and 10:00-11:00 PM.
  • 2 meetings per week, currently held on Monday and Thursday from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM.
  • 2 class meetings (TBD based on student's schedules)
  • Special projects and field trips
  • A wonderful learning experience.
Application Process:
  • CREAM is offered to UVM and non-UVM students.
  • Attend an informational meeting held at the end of February beginning of March for Summer CREAM and October for the following Spring/Fall semester
    • Meet the current CREAMers and learn about our program
    • Free pizza!
  • Submit an application by clicking on the CREAM application link on this web site (On the left sidebar, located under "Guidlines for Applicants"), filling out all of the information, and clicking the apply button.  The application is due on TBA
  • Attend at least 4 chores [one of each chore, entailing two milks and two checks).  You will sign up for these at the informational meeting.
  • Attend one business meeting. This shows that you are truly interested in becoming a CREAMer.
  • Interview by present CREAM members
  • Students do not have to be in CALS and no experience is needed.
  • The 2017 CREAM group will be chosen before the end of the fall semester.
  • Modification to the application process are possible for students not currently on the UVM campus (semester abroad students, students from other universities).  Please contact Norman Purdie at for more information.
Calf at the CREAM barnWhat you will gain with your CREAM experience:
  • Hands-on experience with large animals and dairy herd management.
  • Life-long friendships and bonding experience
  • Leadership qualities & effective communication methods
  • Decision-making proficiencies
  • Group & business management skills
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