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Research at the Hort. Farm

Current Research and Outreach at the University of Vermont Horticultural Research Center

University of Vermont Horticulture Research and Education Center
Director: Terence Bradshaw                                       Farm Maintenance: Andrew Bessette

Outline of Activities

The UVM Horticulture Research and Education Center (HREC), purchased in 1952, is the primary field laboratory site for applied teaching, research, and extension activities on horticultural and some agronomic crops conducted by CALS and Extension faculty. In addition, the HREC hosts collections of ornamental plants of significance to the green industry, including legacy plantings of crabapples, rhododendrons and azaleas, flowering shrubs, shade trees, lilacs, and ferns. Users of the HREC and their associated activities include:

Immediate and Future Needs

The HREC hosts multiple research, teaching, and outreach programs, yet its core facilities have not been significantly upgraded since the 1970s. As summer instructional programs have increased in recent years, conflicts over space have developed at the same time that enrollment has been difficult in some classes because of institutional barriers that make summer instruction less appealing to undergraduates.  Immediate and mid-term needs to support present and future growth in programs include:

·        Investment in classroom, food processing, and laboratory facilities as approved in the HREC redevelopment plan.

·        Removal of institutional burdens on undergraduates who wish to enroll in summer classes by enhancing scholarships and developing an optional summer semester which students can finance similar to academic year semesters.

·        Site redevelopment in coordination with the city of South Burlington to address community stormwater runoff issues and provide a new supply of irrigation foir the eastern portion of the property.

Catamount Educational Farm

‘Cat Farm’ Manager: Rachel Stievater      

The Catamount Farm initiative was launched in 2014 to facilitate improved teaching, research, and outreach activities in Specialty Crops through establishment of a model educational farm. All edible produce on the farm is produced under Catamount Educational Farm direction to provide for long-term soil fertility, crop planning, and integration with teaching and research activities. Produce grown on the farm is sold to the UVM community to fund the program, through: summer and fall community-supported agriculture (CSA) shares delivered to campus and picked up on-farm; weekly farmstands on campus (Tuesdays) and at the farm (Fridays); and institutional sales to UVM’s Sodexo food service. Students in associated programs provide the majority of farm labor in an experiential learning setting.

 

 

Educational Programs

CDE Farmer Training Program Director: Susie Walsh-Daloz

The Farmer Training Program is a 6-month, full-time intensive program for aspiring farmers and food systems advocates that provides a hands-on, skill-based education in sustainable agriculture. Established in 2011, this full-time program offers participants the unique opportunity to manage their own growing site, take classes from professors and expert farmers, and rotate as workers and learners on successful, diverse farms in the Burlington area.

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Catamount Farm Summer Experience       
Instructors: Terence Bradshaw, Lynn Fang, Kate Finley-Woodruff, Lily Calderwood, and Susie Walsh-Daloz


This suite of integrated undergraduate PSS and CDAE courses includes study on: sustainable, diversified vegetable production; orchard and vineyard management; sustainable food systems marketing; and compost ecology and management.

Community Service

Friends of the Hort Farm  President: Kristina Bielenberg

Formed in 1994, FHF is a grassroots organization dedicated to protecting, enhancing and promoting the significant plant collections and natural areas of the UVM HREC for education, research, and public enrichment.  The group, composed of interested citizens, local garden club members, professional horticulturists, and landscape architects, is working in partnership with the University of Vermont to develop both short-term and long-term plans to provide for the stewardship of this wonderful and important resource. The Friends also sponsors public programs, and engages in fundraising and collections preservation. http://www.friendsofthehortfarm.org/

Branch Out Burlington

UVM Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Margaret Skinner

The Burlington Community Tree Nursery is a community-based partnership linking the UVM community, the City of Burlington Department of Parks and Recreation and the local citizenry. It generates considerable positive press for UVM, and demonstrates UVM’s commitment as a “Green University” to the environment and the community in which it exists. The UVM HREC hosts the BOB nursery where trees are grown from saplings into plantable specimens that are installed throughout the city of Burlington.                            


 

Recent Funded Research and Outreach Projects based at HREC  
Fruit  Team Leaders: T. Bradshaw & A. Hazelrigg  
Total funding since 2009: $2.4 million

·        Creating InterDisciplinary Extension and Research (CIDER) Programs to Redevelop the North American Hard Cider Industry. USDA Specialty Crops Research Initiative Planning Grant 2014-07549. Sep 2014-Sep 2015. $50,000. PDs: Peck, G.M, Miles, C. PIs: Bradshaw, T. (UVM), Conner, D. (UVM), Ferreira, G., Neilson, A., Stewart, A., Galinato, S., Tozer, P., Rothwell, N.

·        Orchard Economic Assessment to Support Vermont Hard Cider Production. USDA Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP), Sep 2014 - Sep 2016. $75,830. D. Conner, Co-PI.

·        NE-1020 Multi-State Evaluation of Winegrape Cultivars and Clones. Vermont Agriculture Experiment Station Hatch Grants Program, Oct 2014-Sep 2017. PI T. Bradshaw. $75,000.

·        Comparison of Three Organic Apple Orchard Management Systems on Disease and Arthropod Pests. PI A. Hazelrigg. Vermont Agriculture Experiment Station Hatch Grants Program. October 2013 - September 2016. $70,000

·        The Transdisciplinary Vermont Extension IPM Program Addressing Stakeholder Priorities and Needs for 2013-2016. USDA NIFA EIPM Program. Sep 2013 – Aug 2016. PD A. Hazelrigg. $312,500 ($83,776 for Specialty Crops Emphasis Areas Apple and Grape).

·        Biological Management of Apple Replant Disease. Northeast SARE Partnerships Grant Program. May 2014 – April 2016. PI T. Bradshaw. $14,314.

·        Apple Market Optimization and Expansion through Value-Added Hard Cider Production. Vermont Working Lands Enterprise Initiative, June 2014 - Sep 2015. PIs T. Bradshaw and D. Conner. $40,000 ($10,000 matching funds grant from Vermont Hard Cider Co.)

·        Improved Technical Support Programming for Vermont Apple Growers. USDA/Vermont Agency of Agriculture Specialty Crops Block Grants Program. Oct 2013 – Oct 2014. PI T. Bradshaw. $10,000.

·        NE-1020 Multi-State Evaluation of Winegrape Cultivars and Clones. Vermont Agriculture Experiment Station Hatch Grants Program. Oct 2011-Sep 2014. PI L.P. Berkett. $60,000.

·        Using ‘New’ Alternatives to Enhance Adoption of Organic Apple Production through Integrated Research and Extension. USDA Organic Research & Extension Initiative. Aug 2006 - July 2014. PI L.P. Berkett. $1.6 million.

·        Upgrading Vermont Weather Stations to Improve Crop Pest Management. USDA Rural Business Enterprise Grant, administered through USDA to Vermont Tree Fruit Growers Association. T. Bradshaw, President and Grantee.  July 2011 – July 2013. $11,000.

·        A Comprehensive, Interdisciplinary IPM Extension Program Addressing Stakeholder Needs and Priorities. USDA NIFA EIPM Program. PD L.P. Berkett. 2009-2013. $692,212 ($178,190 for Apple and Grape Emphasis areas).

·        Establishment of On-Farm Weather Stations and IPM Modeling Systems for Vermont Orchards. USDA/Vermont Agency of Agriculture Specialty Crops Block Grants Program to Vermont Tree Fruit Growers Association. T. Bradshaw, President and Grantee.  Dec 2009 – Oct 2012. $10,000.

·        Northern Grapes: Integrating Viticulture, Winemaking, and Marketing of New Cold-Hardy Cultivars Supporting New and Growing Rural Wineries. USDA Specialty Crops Research Initiative. 2011-2012. PI T.E. Martinson (Cornell), UVM Co-PI L.P. Berkett. $2.5 million total, $75,953 to UVM.

·        Vermont Apple and Grape Support Program. USDA/Vermont Agency of Agriculture Specialty Crops Block Grants Program. PI L.P. Berkett. 2009-2012. $32,000.

·        Coordinated Winegrape Variety Evaluations in the Eastern USA. Viticulture Consortium-East. 2011-2012. PI L.P. Berkett. $1,072.

·        Enhancing the Competitiveness and Sustainability of Organic Apple Production in Vermont. USDA/Vermont Agency of Agriculture Specialty Crops Block Grants Program. Oct 2011-Sep 2012. PI L.P. Berkett $20,000.

·        Specialty Crops- Apple and Grape. USDA/Vermont Agency of Agriculture Specialty Crops Block Grants Program. Dec 2009-Oct 2012. PI L.P. Berkett $20,000.

·        Modernization of Research Orchards at the UVM Horticultural Research Center. USDA/Vermont Agency of Agriculture Specialty Crops Block Grants Program to Vermont Tree Fruit Growers Association. T. Bradshaw, President and Grantee.  Dec 2009 – Oct 2012. $19,950.

 

Agronomic: Team Leader: Sid Bosworth

Total funding since 2009: $1.5 million

 

·        Biomass Feedstock Analysis and Production Techniques – Perennial Grass Crops (two grants). PI  S. Bosworth. VT Sustainable Jobs Fund Grant (U.S. DOE).  2011 –2015, $94,644. One long term field study site at UVM Hort farm.

·        Enhancing Honey Production with Clover- Innovative Methods of Using White and Alsike Clover. Northeast SARE Partnership Grant Program.  PI  S. Bosworth 2013-2015. $14,848. One two-year field study site at UVM Hort farm.

·        Assisting organic dairy producers to meet the demands of new and emerging milk markets.  A multistate grant (UNH lead). USDA-Organic Research and Education Initiative grant. 2011 – 2015. Vermont’s PIs H. Darby, S. Bosworth, R. Parsons.  $627,087 (VT’s portion). Two annual field studies at UVM Hort farm and one three-year study at UVM Miller farm.

·        Improving the Viability of Dairy Farms through Advanced Forage Selection. UVM CALS Dairy Center for Excellence (DCE) program.  PI H. Darby and S. Bosworth. 2011 – 2014.  $144,590. One three-year field study at UVM Hort farm.

·        Enhancing farmers’ capacity to produce high quality organic bread wheat.  A multistate grant (UMaine lead). USDA-Organic Research and Education Initiative grant. 2009 – 2014. Vermont’s PIs H. Darby and S. Bosworth.  $627,087 (VT’s portion). Two annual field studies at UVM farm (2010/11).


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