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 Summer Farm Practicum and add up to three more classes for a summer of learning that could earn you a semester’s worth of credit.

Catamount Farm Summer Courses

PSS 195 – Summer Farm Practicum 

Cross listed as ENVS 195 Z2 (CRN: 61869)
Instructors: 
Terence Bradshaw, S’ra DeSantis and Rachel Stievater
Credits: 6
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 six-credit Fall Farm Practicum course will be offered in fall 2017 which will complete the student’s farming experience through a full growing season and include reflection on current season and planning for the next. 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: 3
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.

PSS 266 – Plant & Soil Science: Soil Water Movement

Instructors: Josef Gorres
Credits: 3
Dates: May 22 – June 16
Days & Time: Tues, Thurs, 9:00 am – 3:45 pm
Location: James M Jeffords Hall 118

Course Description: Mathematical modeling and physical principles of the soil-water-plant interaction and its relationship to environmental and agricultural issues. Prerequisites: PSS 161, one semester of Physics or Instructor permission. Alternate years.

PSS 137 – Plant & Soil Science: Landscape Design Fundamentals

Instructor: Annie White
Credits: 4
Dates: May 22 – June 16
Days & Time: Tues, Thurs, 9:00 am – 3:45 pm
Location: Marsh Life Sci 129

Course Description: Studio course to learn techniques of landscape design and analysis, develop graphic communication skills for representing the landscape, and apply sustainable design principles to a site. Prerequisites: Junior standing; at least one course in drawing, design, or mapping, or Instructor permission. Cross-listed with: CDAE 137, ENVS 137, NR 137. Prereq: One course in drawing, design or mapping.