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Statement and Petition in Support of the Movement for Black Lives from The Agroecology Research-Action Collective (ARC)

Statement and Petition in Support of the Movement for Black Lives from The Agroecology Research-Action Collective (ARC): The ALC has had a relationship with the Agroecology Research-Action Collective (ARC), since its early beginnings around 2016. ARC and ALC share very similar missions and principles. We join our ARC colleagues today in expressing our grief and … Continue reading “Statement and Petition in Support of the Movement for Black Lives from The Agroecology Research-Action Collective (ARC)”

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Put down your buzzer, this is not Jeopardy.

Put down your buzzer, this is not Jeopardy. A blog reflecting on the COVID-19 pandemic by ALC Educational Coordinator Vic Izzo Since the “Stay home, Stay safe” order was initiated here in Vermont, I have had the pleasure of spending each morning (and often evening) exploring the wonders of nature with my two year-old son. … Continue reading “Put down your buzzer, this is not Jeopardy.”

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Blog on the ALC’s ‘Assessment of Diversification Strategies in Smallholder Coffee Systems of Mesoamerica’ project

Blog on the ALC’s ‘Assessment of Diversification Strategies in Smallholder Coffee Systems of Mesoamerica’ project ALC Coordinator Martha Caswell and the ‘Coffee Diversification’ team just published a blog on the website of the French Agropolis Foundation, one of the funders of the project under the umbrella of the ‘Thought for Food Initiative’ Check it out … Continue reading “Blog on the ALC’s ‘Assessment of Diversification Strategies in Smallholder Coffee Systems of Mesoamerica’ project”

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ALC members attend 1st USFSA Political Education Course

ALC members attend 1st USFSA Political Education Course By Martha Caswell, in collaboration with Nils McCune, Megan Browning, and Efren Lopez In the days right before we were asked us to stay home, the US Food Sovereignty Alliance (USFSA) held their first national political educational course in Apopka, Florida. We were hosted by the Farmworker … Continue reading “ALC members attend 1st USFSA Political Education Course”

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New project launch: ALC takes on new grant from the McKnight Foundation

New project launch: ALC takes on new grant from the McKnight Foundation The new cross-cutting Collaborative Crop Research Program (CCRP) grant – Agroecology Support to the CCRP, or AES, is in motion (as is its new official website!) The grant will be executed by a team from the University of Vermont’s Agroecology and Livelihoods Collaborative … Continue reading “New project launch: ALC takes on new grant from the McKnight Foundation”

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The COVID-19 Pandemic and Puerto Rico’s Food Sovereignty

The COVID-19 Pandemic and Puerto Rico’s Food Sovereignty By Luis Alexis Rodríguez-Cruz (ALC member Luis Alexis Rodríguez-Cruz recently published this Op-Ed piece in the Puerto Rican publication “El Nuevo Día.” It highlights the importance of food sovereignty during this moment of global crisis. Below is his translation of the article into English, which can also … Continue reading “The COVID-19 Pandemic and Puerto Rico’s Food Sovereignty”

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VEPART featured on UNH Extension “Over-Informed on IPM” Podcast

VEPART featured on UNH Extension “Over-Informed on IPM” Podcast The episode, called “PAR for Leek Moth” highlights our core team members, Vic Izzo (ALC Education Coordinator) and Scott Lewins (ALC Extension Coordinator), and their leek moth research project under the VEPART (Vermont Entomology and Participatory Action Research Team) umbrella. They detail issues the leek moth … Continue reading “VEPART featured on UNH Extension “Over-Informed on IPM” Podcast”

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ALC hosts agricultural policy panel

ALC hosts agricultural policy panel This week, we invited a host of inspiring actors in the food and agriculture scene here in Vermont to present on a panel in our weekly lab meeting.  Thank you to Elijah Massey of USDA – Rural Development, Grace Oedel of NOFA-VT, Graham Unangst-Rufenacht of Rural Vermont, and Jeannie Bartlett … Continue reading “ALC hosts agricultural policy panel”

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Member interview: ALC researcher publishes paper on Puerto Rican coffee farmers’ participation in conservation programs

Member interview: ALC researcher publishes paper on Puerto Rican coffee farmers’ participation in conservation programs ALC graduate student Tatiana Gladkikh is the lead author of a paper that was published in January in the journal Conservation Science and Practice. In it, she and colleagues present results from a survey of Puerto Rican coffee farmers about … Continue reading “Member interview: ALC researcher publishes paper on Puerto Rican coffee farmers’ participation in conservation programs”

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Exploring agroecology at the Intervale from a bird’s-eye view

Exploring agroecology at the Intervale from a bird’s-eye view María A. Juncos-GautierALC Research Associate Doctoral Candidate, York University, Toronto, CA Muhammad Yunus, a Nobel Prize winner, once explained: “In a bird’s eye view you tend to survey everything and decide on a particular point, then you swoop down and pick it up. In a worm’s … Continue reading “Exploring agroecology at the Intervale from a bird’s-eye view”

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VEPART Publishes new research brief

VEPART Publishes new research brief Our colleagues Vic Izzo and Scott Lewins of the Vermont Entomology and Participatory Action Research Team (VEPART) have just published an update on their innovative research on leek moth and the pests relationship with allium crops. The brief outlines the most recent updates of the work VEPART has been conducting … Continue reading “VEPART Publishes new research brief”

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Engaging in New Partnerships for Agroecological Transformation

By Ava Murphey, ALC Program Coordinator 8 January 2020 Earlier this year, the University of Vermont’s Agroecology and Livelihoods Collaborative (ALC) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with four pertinent organizations that promote agroecological and development work in various sectors. These links were fused in an effort to formalize the co-creation of knowledge via innovative … Continue reading “Engaging in New Partnerships for Agroecological Transformation”

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Voices from the Fall 2019 Advanced Agroecology Class- Fourth delivery

Voices from the Fall 2019, Advanced Agroecology Class, at the University of Vermont (UVM)- fourth delivery Every fall, for the last 10 years or so, I have been learning with the Advanced Agroecology class, at the University of Vermont (UVM). The course seeks to engage students in a diversity of learning experiences, ranging from scientific … Continue reading “Voices from the Fall 2019 Advanced Agroecology Class- Fourth delivery”

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Voices from the Fall 2019 Advanced Agroecology Class- Third delivery

Voices from the Fall 2019, Advanced Agroecology Class, at the University of Vermont (UVM)- third delivery Every fall, for the last 10 years or so, I have been learning with the Advanced Agroecology class, at the University of Vermont (UVM). The course seeks to engage students in a diversity of learning experiences, ranging from scientific … Continue reading “Voices from the Fall 2019 Advanced Agroecology Class- Third delivery”

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Voices from the Fall 2019 Advanced Agroecology Class- Second delivery

Voices from the Fall 2019, Advanced Agroecology Class, at the University of Vermont (UVM)- second delivery Every fall, for the last 10 years or so, I have been learning with the Advanced Agroecology class, at the University of Vermont (UVM). The course seeks to engage students in a diversity of learning experiences, ranging from scientific … Continue reading “Voices from the Fall 2019 Advanced Agroecology Class- Second delivery”

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Voices from the Fall 2019 Advanced Agroecology Class

Voices from the Fall 2019, Advanced Agroecology Class, at the University of Vermont (UVM) Every fall, for the last 10 years or so, I have been learning with the Advanced Agroecology class, at the University of Vermont (UVM). The course seeks to engage students in a diversity of learning experiences, ranging from scientific reading to … Continue reading “Voices from the Fall 2019 Advanced Agroecology Class”

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The Power of Relationships: Advancing Agroecology in a Changing World

The Power of Relationships: Advancing Agroecology in a Changing World By Sara Klimek (Reposted with permission from https://www.uvm.edu/newsstories/news/power-relationships) Ava Murphey of UVM’s Agroecology and Livelihoods Collaborative (ALC) and Fatou Batta, Groundswell International West Africa consultant and project partner, share insights from community dialogue at ALC & Groundswell’s “Building Collaboration to Amplify Agroecology Conference.” (Photo: Sara … Continue reading “The Power of Relationships: Advancing Agroecology in a Changing World”

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ALC member highlight: Alissa White and Alisha Utter gain recognition for their work and research

ALC member highlight: Alissa White and Alisha Utter gain recognition for their work and research In the past month two members of the ALC (Agroecology and Livelihoods Collaborative) community of practice have been featured in various media streams. It is a true honor to be able to share the incredible work these two women are … Continue reading “ALC member highlight: Alissa White and Alisha Utter gain recognition for their work and research”

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An Afternoon at UVM’s Horticulture Research and Education Center

An Afternoon at UVM’s Horticulture Research and Education Center By Ernesto Méndez (ALC/PSS) and Rachel Leslie (CALS) Many UVM students take pride knowing that over 25% of campus food comes from local/community-based, fair, ecologically sound and humane food sources. What they may not know is that a portion of that food is cultivated by UVM … Continue reading “An Afternoon at UVM’s Horticulture Research and Education Center”

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ALC and Groundswell International Co-Host Agroecology Conference at the University of Vermont (UVM)

ALC and Groundswell International Co-Host Agroecology Conference at the University of Vermont (UVM) The ALC and Groundswell International are co-organizing the global conference on “Collaboration to Amplify Agroecology“. This event is the result of the formalization of a partnership between UVM’s Agroecology and Livelihoods Collaborative (ALC), in the UVM Plant and Soil Science Department (PSS), … Continue reading “ALC and Groundswell International Co-Host Agroecology Conference at the University of Vermont (UVM)”

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ALC visualizes and displays its community of practice

  ALC visualizes and displays its community of practice Last week, the ALC community developed a new display board to highlight their work and research around the globe. Every member created a profile including a brief bio and description of their work and academic interests. The profiles were displayed concentrically surrounding a world map with … Continue reading “ALC visualizes and displays its community of practice”

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Re/New Alliances: Working towards farmer-scholar collaboration for food sovereignty in North America

Re/New Alliances: Working towards farmer-scholar collaboration for food sovereignty in North America (this blog is a re-post taken, with permission, from the AgroecologyNow! website) by Jahi Chappell, Saulo Araujo & Ernesto Mendez The Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR) at Coventry University (UK) recently hosted a workshop to “collectively strengthen relationships, learning/analysis and collaboration … Continue reading “Re/New Alliances: Working towards farmer-scholar collaboration for food sovereignty in North America”

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UVM’s Agroecology and Livelihoods Collaborative (ALC) Strengthens International Collaborations on Transformative Agroecology

UVM’s Agroecology and Livelihoods Collaborative (ALC) Strengthens International Collaborations on Transformative Agroecology The ALC is excited to share the news that we have signed collaborative Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with 4 international organizations, as follows: Groundswell International, a network of organizations from Africa, the Americas and Asia, with a U.S. coordinating office, working on agroecology … Continue reading “UVM’s Agroecology and Livelihoods Collaborative (ALC) Strengthens International Collaborations on Transformative Agroecology”

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ALC co-organizes Mexico-Nicaragua learning exchange on smallholder coffee farm diversification

ALC co-organizes Mexico-Nicaragua learning exchange on smallholder coffee farm diversification ALC members Ernesto Méndez, Martha Caswell, and Janica Anderzén spent last week in Chiapas, Mexico, exchanging experiences and ideas around livelihood diversification, agroecology, and Participatory Action Research (PAR) in smallholder coffee communities of Mesoamerica. The week was both exciting and inspiring as coffee producers, academics, … Continue reading “ALC co-organizes Mexico-Nicaragua learning exchange on smallholder coffee farm diversification”

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The ALC is hiring a part-time Program Administrator

Agroecology and Livelihoods Collaborative (ALC)  part-time Program Administrator Position Summary The Agroecology and Livelihoods Collaborative (ALC) is a community of practice within the Department of Plant & Soil Science (PSS) at the University of Vermont. The ALC utilizes an approach grounded in agroecology, participatory action research (PAR), and transdisciplinarity. Our goal is to better understand … Continue reading “The ALC is hiring a part-time Program Administrator”

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Special Issue, in Spanish, on “Participatory and Activist Research in Agroecology”, with a contribution by ALC co-directors

Special Issue, in Spanish, on “Participatory and Activist Research in Agroecology”, with a contribution by ALC co-directors A new special issue of the journal Agroecología (Spain), on Participatory and Activist Research in Agroecology, is now available as open access, online. The issue brings together a diversity of experiences from around the world, with a focus … Continue reading “Special Issue, in Spanish, on “Participatory and Activist Research in Agroecology”, with a contribution by ALC co-directors”

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Martha Caswell assumes Co-Directorship of the Agroecology and Livelihoods Collaborative (ALC)

Martha Caswell assumes the Co-Directorship of the University of Vermont’s Agroecology and Livelihoods Collaborative (ALC) The University of Vermont’s (UVM) Agroecology and Livelihoods Collaborative (ALC), which started as my research group in 2006, has been growing and evolving, along with our main fields of action- agroecology and participatory action research (PAR). As we continue to … Continue reading “Martha Caswell assumes Co-Directorship of the Agroecology and Livelihoods Collaborative (ALC)”

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UVM Is: Martha Caswell Advocates for Agroecology

UVM Is: Martha Caswell Advocates for Agroecology Two months ago today, our friend and colleague Martha Caswell was featured in UVM Is for her work in agroecology. Published below is that article by Erica Housekeeper.  Countries around the world, from Senegal to Brazil and the Netherlands, are embracing agroecology to achieve a more sustainable food … Continue reading “UVM Is: Martha Caswell Advocates for Agroecology”

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Introduction to Agroecology 2019 Has Begun

Introduction to Agroecology Has Begun Spring has finally sprung in Vermont and the first course of the Certificate of Graduate Study in Agroecology is underway! Thirteen students started the course, PSS 311: Introduction to Agroecology, last Monday , bringing with them a multiplicity of perspectives from around the world. This session’s participants  hail from Ecuador and El Salvador; New York, New Jersey, … Continue reading “Introduction to Agroecology 2019 Has Begun”

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ALC’s Coffee farmer Cooperative Partners share experiences of diversification project at Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) Expo and UVM

  ALC’s Coffee farmer Cooperative Partners share experiences of diversification project at Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) Expo and UVM Leticia Velasco and Rigoberto Hernández Jonapá, collaborators from the CESMACH coffee cooperative (based in Chiapas, MX), visited the Northeast in mid-April. ALC members Martha Caswell, Janica Anderzén and Ernesto Méndez met up with Lety and Rigo … Continue reading “ALC’s Coffee farmer Cooperative Partners share experiences of diversification project at Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) Expo and UVM”

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Ernesto Mendez Joins International Researchers, Farmers, and Activists in Brazil

Ernesto Mendez Joins International Researchers, Farmers, and Activists in Brazil ALC Director and PSS Chair, Ernesto Mendez, traveled to Florianópolis, the capital city of Santa Catarina, Brazil, to attend a leadership team meeting of the Collaborative Crop Research Program (CCRP), of the McKnight Foundation. The week-long meeting brings together staff and researchers from the 3 … Continue reading “Ernesto Mendez Joins International Researchers, Farmers, and Activists in Brazil”

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From Apples to Popcorn, Climate Change Is Altering the Foods America Grows – NYT 4/29

ALC Community member and PhD candidate Alissa White spoke with New York Times reporter Kim Severson and lent some insight for her story about how climate change is impacting our diets. UVM Alum Lily Calderwood is also featured in the article. “…Couple that with mild winters that don’t kill off pests, and unusual weather patterns … Continue reading “From Apples to Popcorn, Climate Change Is Altering the Foods America Grows – NYT 4/29”

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Ernesto Mendez, ALC Director, reflects on Synergies between Agriculture and Environmental Studies through Agroecology

Ernesto Mendez, ALC Director, reflects on ‘Synergies between Agriculture and Environmental Studies through Agroecology’ I came to the United States when I was 18, seeking to get away from the violence of the civil war in my native El Salvador, and thanks to the economic privilege of my family. After several years of career exploration, and … Continue reading “Ernesto Mendez, ALC Director, reflects on Synergies between Agriculture and Environmental Studies through Agroecology”

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Greetings from AAG 2019!

Greetings from the American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting! UVM Plant and Soil Science PhD Students Alissa White and Janica Anderzén from the Agroecology and Livelihoods Collaborative presented their work yesterday at the special sessions on agroecology organized by CAWR (Center for Agroecology, Water & Resilience) and ARC (Agroecology Research-Action Collective). The meeting featured emerging … Continue reading “Greetings from AAG 2019!”

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Spotlight on Arbor Farmstead & Alisha Utter

ALC lab member Alisha Utter was recently featured in the UVM Women’s Agriculture Network series discussing how she uses diversification and agroecology to manage risks on her farm in Grand Isle, Arbor Farmstead. Additionally, Alisha draws upon veganic practices, which excludes the application of animal inputs. If you would like to learn more about the principles … Continue reading “Spotlight on Arbor Farmstead & Alisha Utter”

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ALC Undergraduate Fellows Host First “Womxn in Soil Science” Panel

ALC Undergraduate Fellows Host First “Womxn in Soil Science” Panel ALC Undergraduate Fellows, Allie Pankoff ‘19, Elise Schumacher ‘19, and Alanna McLaughlin ‘ 20 recently put together a Womxn in Soil Science panel inspired by a #SoilScienceSocietyofAmerica presentation on the state of Gender Parity in Soil Science. Allie on the panel: Our motivation for the Womxn in … Continue reading “ALC Undergraduate Fellows Host First “Womxn in Soil Science” Panel”

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The Farm Between wins 2018 Farmer-Rancher Pollinator Award for US

The Farm Between wins 2018 Farmer-Rancher Pollinator Award for US Nancy and John Hayden were recently recognized by the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC) with the 2018 Farmer-Rancher Pollinator Award for the United States. They received their Award at the NAPPC’s Conference in Washington DC.   Nancy and John steward The Farm Between in … Continue reading “The Farm Between wins 2018 Farmer-Rancher Pollinator Award for US”

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We’re Back!

After a few technical difficulties, the ALC website is back up and running. Stay tuned for posts from students, faculty, staff, and collaborators including: The Farm Between Wins the 2018 United States Farmer-Rancher Pollinator Award The ALC Fellows Program 2018 ALC Publications An Interview with ALC PhD Candidate and more…  

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NEW REPORT from IPES-Food: Seven case studies of agroecological transition

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”

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Jahi Chappell discusses ‘Beginning to End Hunger’ at UVM

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”

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ALC Research Fellows Jump-start On-farm research in Advanced Agroecology Course

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”

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First offering of Agroecology Graduate Certificate Introductory 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”

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The ALC is hiring a part-time program administrator

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 agroecol@uvm.edu ALC Program Administrator Position Summary … Continue reading “The ALC is hiring a part-time program administrator”

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Farmer research networks & ‘Agroecological X-rays’ in the South American Andes

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”

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Katie Goodall, ALC/PSS Alum Carries on with Agroecology

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”

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ALC launches second cohort of Undergraduate Research Fellows

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”

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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)”

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Bridging the Climate Information Usability Gap in Agricultural Communities

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”

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Can we Certify Environmentally Responsible Agriculture?: A challenge for Science and Policy

Check out the recent blog post by PhD student Ben Dubé, “Can we Certify Environmentally Responsible Agriculture?: A challenge for Science and Policy.“

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Graduate Student Highlight: PhD Student Alisha Utter

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”

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