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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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New Article: Origin of Pest Lineages of the Colorado Potato Beetle (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae)

Click here to read the new article by ALC’s Educational Coordinator, Vic Izzo!

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Researcher Highlight: M.S. Candidate, Alissa White

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”

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ALC in Cuba

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”

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Reflections from the Agroecology Shortcourse

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

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ALC at 10th Annual Young Farmers Conference

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”

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ALC Strengthens Partnerships for Agroecology and PAR in Brazil

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”

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New Article: Climate seasonality, fire and global patterns of tree cover

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”

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New Course Alert! PSS 312: Ecological Foundations of Agroecology

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”

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Janica Anderzén, Ph.D. Student on PECSII Conference in Mexico

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”

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ALC Awarded EPI Grant

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”

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E4A Convergence

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.

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ALC Student Research Opportunity

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”

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ALC Hosts Participatory Action Research (PAR) Workshop at UVM

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”

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New Book Review of Agroecology Text

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”

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UVM Food Feed Blog: Spotlight on Shortcourse

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!  

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UVM Is: Ernesto Mendéz Creating Positive Change in the Agroecology Movement

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!

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Towards a Culture of Nature in Cuba: Voices from the Field

Toward a culture of nature in Cuba Event Poster and Details here!

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Announcing the 2017 Shortcourse Farm Partners

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/

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New Publication on Agroecology and Participatory Action Research (PAR) by ALC members

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.

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Vermont Farmers’ Perceptions of Climate Change Risk

http://www.econewsvt.org/news/vermont-farmers-perceptions-of-climate-change-risk

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Agroecology Expands at UVM

UVM news story on the launch of the Agroecology & Livelihoods Collaborative.

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ICE Detention of Immigrant Rights Activists in VT

Migrant Justice on Democracy Now!

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The Local Food Movement 15 Years Later

Marion Nestle : Where from here?

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Bee Declines Threatens US Crops

http://bit.ly/2liUNoK

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Vandana Shiva talks Food Systems at NOFA VT!

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18th Annual International Agroecology Shortcourse

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”

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Food for Thought Initiative

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”

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