Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2016
From the Director
Farming and food are so central to our lives that it seems they should be simple. But as soon as we start to ask even the most basic questions about where our food comes from, why we eat the foods we do, and what the environmental and social implications of food production are, a rich and complex picture emerges. That complexity is where the UVM Extension Center for Sustainable Agriculture comes in.
For over 20 years, thanks to support within UVM, through Extension funding, and with the generosity of endowed gifts, foundations, business sponsors, and individuals, we have been here to delve into deep questions about linkages between different elements of Vermont's food and farm sector.
The questions we research, and the practices we support, are those that get at how and why critical parts of our regional food system are and aren't working - and many times these important questions resonate throughout the region, the nation and international communities as well.
We start with the understanding that every element of food and farming is part of a whole system of interactions, relationships and values. We conduct research and engage in outreach, and ground our work in the natural and social sciences. Our intent is to help protect our region's soil and water, support producer livelihood, and work in collaboration with farmers and those who support them. We believe that all should have access to good, healthy food.
Please read on for a look into these questions that represent our work in the 2015-2016 fiscal year, and our engagement in and exploration of the links between our natural, built, human and policy environments. We thank you for your support, your partnership, and your shared passion for a for a food system that's vibrant, healthy and just.
And, as always, let us know what you think!
- Linda Berlin, Ph.D.
Director, UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture
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