Learn to Farm and Earn College Credit at the University of Vermont

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Dig deep with your education this summer and immerse yourself in the vibrant learning environment of Catamount Education Farm at the University of Vermont. Use your hands and head in these farm-based courses that are simultaneously experiential, innovative and rigorous. Start with the Sustainable Farm Practicum and add up to three more classes for a summer of learning that could earn you a semester’s worth of credit.

PSS 195 – Sustainable Farm Practicum 

Cross listed as ENVS 195 Z2 (CRN: 61869)
Instructor:
S’ra Desantis
Credits: 3
Dates: May 22 – August 17
Days & Time: Mon, Weds, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Location: The Catamount Educational Farm at the UVM Horticultural Research Center

Course Description: Previously offered as PSS 209. An experiential course in sustainable, diversified vegetable crop production that includes soil fertility, weed, insect and disease control, crop planning and farm management skills. Course is closely aligned with non-credit UVM Farmer Training Program. A complementary Fall Farm Practicum course will be offered in fall 2017. Students may take the summer course independently but must take the summer course to enroll in fall. Students are responsible for their own transportation to the UVM Horticulture Research and Education Center. Prerequisites: PSS 021 and one 100-level PSS course, equivalent experience or Instructor permission.

“Awesome summer course, hands on experience is unparalleled especially in agriculture, learned a lot of valuable information.” – 2014 Sustainable Farm Practicum student

PSS 195 – Field-based Pest Management

Instructors: Ann Hazelrigg and Scott Lewins
Credits: 4
Dates: May 22 – August 11
Days & Time: Fri, 8:30 – 4:00 pm
Location: The Catamount Educational Farm at the UVM Horticultural Research Center

Course Description: Students will learn to identify pests and disease of crops (vegetables, small fruit, tree fruit, field and forage crops) in settings including turf/golf courses, greenhouses, high tunnels. At each course meeting, we will learn and apply knowledge of integrated pest management practices. The course format will consist of a combination of classroom lectures, hands-on scouting, hands-on lab work and visits to Vermont farms. Students are responsible for their own transportation to the UVM Horticulture Research and Education Center..

PSS 195 – Cold-Climate Viticulture

Instructor: Terence Bradshaw
Credits: 4
Dates: June 19 – July 14
Days & Time: Tues, Thurs, 9:00 – 3:45 pm
Location: The Catamount Educational Farm at the UVM Horticultural Research Center

Course Description: Students will learn principles and practices of commercial cold-climate grape production, including: site selection and preparation; varietal selection; vine training; nutrient, water and pest management; harvest; and introductory winemaking considerations. Special emphasis will be placed on environmental and economic sustainability of the vineyard operation. The class will apply knowledge of integrated horticultural and pest management practices in a real vineyard setting. The class format will consist of a combination of classroom lectures, hands-on fieldwork, and visits to local commercial vineyards. Students are responsible for their own transportation to the UVM Horticulture Research and Education Center.

PSS 154 – Composting Ecology & Management

Instructor: Thomas Herlihy
Credits: 3
Dates: July 17 – August 11
Days & Time: Tues, Thurs 9:00 am – 3:45 pm
Location: On campus and the Catamount Educational Farm at the UVM Horticultural Research Center

Course Description: Examines ecological, physical and chemical principles, the practical management of the composting process, and benefits of using compost in plant and soil ecosystems. Prerequisite: Three credits in basic biological or ecological science or Instructor permission. Alternate years.