The Horticulture Club aims to bring students who are interested in horticulture together so that they may increase knowledge for themselves and others in the community. Club members participate in a number of activities annually including volunteer work, such as forcing bulbs into bloom and sending to local nursing homes; attending presentations, such as bonsai tree workshops and flower arranging seminars; going on field trips to such places as the Montreal Botanical Gardens, and fundraisers, such as selling house plants during move-in weekend. We also plant and maintain the gardens around Jeffords Hall.
The Fraternity of Alpha Zeta s a professional, service, and honorary agricultural fraternity for men and women; it seeks to develop leadership skills in ndividuals to benefit agriculture, life sciences, and related fields. The Green Mountain Chapter of Alpha Zeta was started in 1905 and is part of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the University of Vermont. During the school year, the organization participates in service projects around the local community.
Campus Kitchens is a student-run nonprofit that works with university dining services to salvage unused food and turn it into a nutritious meal that is distributed to members of the community. Members of Campus Kitchens prepare weekly meals for the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf, they lead nutrition education classes at local non-profit organizations, and collect locally grown produce from gleaning programs with the Vermont Foodbank and The Intervale Center.
Cream stands for Cooperative for Real Education in Agricultrual Management. CREAM is a student-run organization and program that runs a heard of Holstein and Jersey cattle, placing emphasis on experiential learning to develop interpersonal, teamwork, and practical problem-solving skills.
The Farmer Training Program is a 6-month intensive program for aspiring farmers and food systems advocates. 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. This program will provide an intense, supportive experience where participants leave with a Certificate in Sustainable Farming, a deeper understanding of agricultural management and small-scale farming, and the entrepreneurial skills to start their own operation.