Agroecology & Livelihoods Collaborative (ALC) 2018 Publications ALC researchers were busy this year, working on a diversity of agroecology-related projects and publications across the Americas. These range from reporting on in-depth field work with smallholders coffee farmers in Guatemala and Mexico, to research on agriculture and climate change in Vermont, and collaborating on a review … Continue reading “Agroecology & Livelihoods Collaborative (ALC) 2018 Publications”
From the IPES-Food Website: 15 October, 2018 (Rome, Italy) – It is possible for communities, regions and whole countries to fundamentally redesign their food and farming systems – but doing so requires changes in the way communities envision their food systems, the way knowledge is shared, the way that food systems are governed, and the … Continue reading “NEW REPORT from IPES-Food: Seven case studies of agroecological transition”
Jahi Chappell discusses ‘Beginning to End Hunger’ at UVM Political Agroecologist Dr. M. Jahi Chappell delivered an address to over 80 people at the University of Vermont (UVM), last Friday September 14. Jahi is a widely recognized agroecologist, with a diverse trajectory that includes being a professor at Washington State University, an analyst at the … Continue reading “Jahi Chappell discusses ‘Beginning to End Hunger’ at UVM”
ALC Research Fellows Jump-start On-farm research in Advanced Agroecology Course Today (August 31), was the first farm day for 3 teams of Advanced Agroecology (PSS/ENVS 212) students, as they headed out to Jericho Settlers Farm, UVM Catamount Farm/Farmer Training Program, and the Farm Between. Students were going to meet their farmer partners, get an overview of … Continue reading “ALC Research Fellows Jump-start On-farm research in Advanced Agroecology Course”
First offering of Agroecology Graduate Certificate Introductory Course The ALC team recently concluded the first offering of PSS 311: Introduction to Agroecology, the first course of our Certificate of Graduate Study in Agroecology (CGSA). We had a great crew of 11 participants, from the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico. The course is a hybrid, … Continue reading “First offering of Agroecology Graduate Certificate Introductory Course”
The ALC is hiring a part-time program administrator We are seeking a highly organized, personable, tech-saavy and motivated individual to join our team as a program administrator. Full job description is below. If you are interested, please send a cover letter, resume and contact information for 3 references to email@example.com ALC Program Administrator Position Summary … Continue reading “The ALC is hiring a part-time program administrator”
In mid July, ALC director Ernesto Méndez joined Maria Rosa Yumbla and Ronald Herrera, PhD students at the Universidad Pablo de Olavide (Spain), at the Andes Community of Practice (CoP) meeting of the Collaborative Crop Research Program (CCRP), in Arequipa, Perú. Yumbla and Herrera are conducting PhD studies in agroecology, and working on an ALC … Continue reading “Farmer research networks & ‘Agroecological X-rays’ in the South American Andes”
Katie Goodall, who did her Ph.D. with the Agroecology and Livelihoods Collaborative (ALC), in the Plant and Soil Science Department, at UVM, carries on strong with agroecology teaching. Now an Assistant Dean at the School for Field Studies, Katie is returning to the University of Michigan’s Biological Station to teach Agroecology. She was a teaching … Continue reading “Katie Goodall, ALC/PSS Alum Carries on with Agroecology”
The ALC is pleased to invite applications for the second cohort of the Agroecology & Livelihoods Collaborative (ALC) Undergraduate Research Fellows Program (ALC Fellows Program). The ALC Fellows Program provides upper division (3rd year +) students the opportunity to develop skills and gain knowledge in agroecology and participatory action research (PAR) to become integral team … Continue reading “ALC launches second cohort of Undergraduate Research Fellows”
ALC director participates in West Africa Community of Practice (CoP) of McKnight’s Collaborative Crop Research Program (CCRP)
ALC director participates in West Africa Community of Practice (CoP) of McKnight’s Collaborative Crop Research Program (CCRP) In his role as agroecology advisor to the CCRP, ALC director Ernesto Méndez joined the CCRP’s West Africa CoP for their annual meeting, held in Niamey, Niger, February 26-March 3. This year, the CoP brought together 14 research … Continue reading “ALC director participates in West Africa Community of Practice (CoP) of McKnight’s Collaborative Crop Research Program (CCRP)”
In January, ALC Master’s student, Alissa White, presented at the American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas. White writes, “I joined about 2,000 people who are mostly weather scientists and climate physicists for their 98th annual meeting. This long-standing scientific community made the theme for this year’s meeting “Transforming communication through co-production”. There was a … Continue reading “Bridging the Climate Information Usability Gap in Agricultural Communities”
Check out the recent blog post by PhD student Ben Dubé, “Can we Certify Environmentally Responsible Agriculture?: A challenge for Science and Policy.“
On Monday (1/22) ALC lab member, Alisha Utter, was elected as a board member for the Vermont Vegetable and Berry Growers Association (VVBGA). In addition to the VVBGA, she serves as a leadership team member for the Vermont Young Farmers Coalition, secretary for the Champlain Islands Farmers Market, and a 2017-18 Vermont Changemaker via Vermont … Continue reading “Graduate Student Highlight: PhD Student Alisha Utter”
Click here to read the new article by ALC’s Educational Coordinator, Vic Izzo!
The New England Adaptation Survey is a research project based at the University of Vermont’s Department of Plant and Soil Science. The purpose of this study is to generate usable information for farmers about adaptation strategies and practices, and is based on the idea that many growers are already actively and successfully adapting to severe … Continue reading “Researcher Highlight: M.S. Candidate, Alissa White”
ALC Research and Outreach Coordinator, Martha Caswell, joined a delegation of Vermonters who attended the 4th International Conference on Agroecology hosted by the Cuban National Association of Small Farmers (ANAP) and Via Campesina. Colleagues from the Vermont Carribean Institute (VCI), the Intervale Center, UVM Catamount Farm, the Vermont Community Garden Network and Farm to Plate comprised a group looking at … Continue reading “ALC in Cuba”
Check out the Community Agroecology Network’s recent newsletter, a spotlight on the 18th Annual International Agroecology Shortcourse hosted by the ALC and CAN! Thanks for sharing, CAN, and for your continued partnership! Check out the newsletter here: http://web-extract.constantcontact.com/v1/social_annotation?permalink_uri=2CdoTAr&image_url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.constantcontact.com%2Ffaf14f5b001%2F12c9e599-5b6e-462a-8973-f6631fa0d5ad.jpg
Ernesto Mendéz, Vic Izzo, and Alisha Utter, Ph.D. student in Plant and Soil Science and farmer at Arbor Farmstead in Grand Isle, represented the Agroecology and Livelihoods Collaborative at the 10th Annual Young Farmers Conference held at the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture located in Westchester County, New York. Ernesto was a member of … Continue reading “ALC at 10th Annual Young Farmers Conference”
In the past few months, ALC Director Ernesto Mendéz, has visited Brazil on two occasions: the first was for the 2018 Latin American Scientific Society of Agroecology (SOCLA) Meeting and the second to present a keynote address at the 8th Annual Agroecology Congress of the State of Santa Catarina. Highlights Within the SOCLA congress, a … Continue reading “ALC Strengthens Partnerships for Agroecology and PAR in Brazil”
Check out the article recently published by ALC Research Associate, Gabriela Bucini, titled, “Climate seasonality, fire and global patterns of tree cover“. Click the link to read the article! Abstract: Vegetation systems with varying levels of tree cover are widely distributed globally, but the determinants of vegetation and tree cover still lack a consistent global … Continue reading “New Article: Climate seasonality, fire and global patterns of tree cover”
Dear Friends and Colleagues, We are reaching out to let you know about a new online course being offered Spring 2018, PSS 312: Ecological Foundations of Agroecology (3 credits). This course will be taught by Dr. Vic Izzo, UVM Lecturer in Plant and Soil Science (PSS). Course Description: This online course examines the ecological foundations of Agroecology, … Continue reading “New Course Alert! PSS 312: Ecological Foundations of Agroecology”
Janica Anderzén, a PhD student in the ALC, presenting a Participatory Action Research (PAR) project on livelihood diversification in smallholder coffee communities in Chiapas, Mexico. ALC is one of the partners in this collaborative and transdisciplinary project. The PECSII conference on “Place-based transdisciplinary research for global sustainability” was held in Oaxaca, Mexico. What a great … Continue reading “Janica Anderzén, Ph.D. Student on PECSII Conference in Mexico”
The Agroecology and Livelihoods Collaborative is excited to announce that our new project, Engaging Co-Learning Through Participatory Action Research (PAR), has been awarded funding through the Engaged Practices Innovation Grant at the University of Vermont. The abstract for this proposal states, “We recognize that participating in real, hands-on agroecology-related research has resulted in important results for … Continue reading “ALC Awarded EPI Grant”
PhD students of the ALC and the Economics for the Anthropocene (E4A) program – Ben, Sam and Janica – discussing ecological economics, and the content, methods and scope of education in the Anthropocence (or the Ecozoic!) in an E4A partnership meeting in Montreal October 19.
We are seeking highly motivated ENVS seniors looking for a thesis or internship capstone project in agroecology, climate change and farming in the Northeast to join a research team led by a graduate student in the Plant and Soil Science Department. What information do farmers and outreach professionals need to best support vegetable and berry … Continue reading “ALC Student Research Opportunity”
The Agroecology and Livelihoods Collaborative (ALC) hosted a full day workshop on Participatory Action Research (PAR) at UVM, on September 29. The workshop included lectures, case study presentations and participant exercises to better understand what PAR is and how to do it. The workshop was organized in collaboration with the Economics for the Anthropocene (E4A) program, a collaborative initiative among UVM, … Continue reading “ALC Hosts Participatory Action Research (PAR) Workshop at UVM”
Check out Molly D. Anderson’s book review below of, Agroecology: A Transdisciplinary, Participatory and Action-Oriented Approach. Anderson writes, This book assembles contributions from some of the most outspoken and articulate academic advocates, practitioners, and analysts of agroecology (and most authors work across these realms). Many of them have worked together and mentored or influenced each other, … Continue reading “New Book Review of Agroecology Text”
Samuel Bevet, a graduate student in the UVM Food Systems Master’s Program and member of the 18th Annual International Agroecology Shortcourse wrote a spotlight on the course. Have a look!
UVM Out-Reach did a great write-up on the ALC, the Certificate of Graduate Study in Agroecology, and his ongoing work with PAR. Have a look!
Toward a culture of nature in Cuba Event Poster and Details here!
We are excited to announce our farm partners for the 18th Annual International Agroecology Shortcourse! https://www.uvm.edu/agroecology/learning/international-agroecology-shortcourse/farm-partners/
Méndez, V.E., M. Caswell, S.R. Gliessman and R. Cohen (2017) Integrating Agroecology and Participatory Action Research (PAR): Lessons from Central America. Sustainability 9(5): 705.
UVM news story on the launch of the Agroecology & Livelihoods Collaborative.
Dear friends and colleagues – We are excited to announce the 18th Annual International Agroecology Shortcourse! This year’s course, “Pathways to Resilience: an agroecological approach”, will be held in Burlington, VT, USA from July 31- August 10, 2017. Agroecology offers crucial tools for farmers, advocates and planners to transform food systems for sustainability and resilience. … Continue reading “18th Annual International Agroecology Shortcourse”
Martha Caswell, ALC Research and Outreach Coordinator, recently traveled to Montpellier, France for the kickoff meeting for the latest round of the Thought for Food Initiative. The ALC is excited to announce that we have recently been awarded a highly competitive grant to undertake a project to “Assess Diversification Strategies in Smallholder Coffee Systems” through the … Continue reading “Food for Thought Initiative”