Pasture Program

The goal of the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture’s Pasture Program is to promote and enhance sustainable grass-based livestock farming through improvements in soil, water and forage quality and profitability by working with farmers and other partners to provide research, information (including our Pasture Calendar), educational opportunities (including grazing workshops and the Vermont Grazing & Livestock Conference), and technical support.

The Center's Pasture Program was established in 1996, as a partner in the Vermont Pasture Network with USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative and the VT Grass Farmers Association. The Pasture Program provides staff support to Network activities, as well as pursuing independent research and education.

Across the Fence video segment about our radish tillage program
Our primary purpose is to carry out research to help farmers stay at the leading edge of sustainable practices. We support farmers by offering practical guidance, various forms of technical assistance, education, and outreach. As you’d expect, research is primarily situated on farms throughout the state, matching leading-edge practices and inquiries with innovative farmers. (Check out this Across the Fence video segment about our radish tillage program on a Highgate dairy farm for an example of the practical, research-based solutions the Center seeks to help Vermont farmers learn about and implement.)

Our current research is focused on:

Can we help your farm? Have pasture-related research to propose? Contact Jennifer Colby, Pasture Program Coordinator, at (802) 656-0858 or jcolby@uvm.edus.