NEWS: PAR projects led by ALC members receive funding

Left photo credit: Janica Anderzén, Right photo credit: Scott Lewins
Left photo credit: Janica Anderzén, Right photo credit: Scott Lewins

ALC members Scott Lewins, Vic Izzo, Janica Anderzén, and Alejandra Gúzman Luna have received funding to advance their Participatory Action Research (PAR) projects both locally and internationally. We’re so grateful for the support and excited to see these projects through!

The Vermont Vegetable and Berry Growers Association and the New England Vegetable and Berry Growers Association have recently made donations to the Vermont Entomology and Participatory Action Research Team (VEPART), led by Scott Lewins and Vic Izzo, in support of their research and outreach efforts within the region. This great partnership between VEPART and two key grower groups is part of VEPART’s ongoing Participatory Action Research on appropriate IPM tactics for northeastern organic growers, and ultimately a more sustainable approach to pest management.

This generous grower support has helped launch the Agroecology Extension Summer Research Fellowship, an experiential learning experience focused on the development of adaptable research, leadership, and outreach skills. The goals of this exciting new initiative include training the next generation of extension researchers, and contributing to new and ongoing Extension projects dedicated to UVM’s Land Grant mission.

From the Gund Institute for the Environment’s website: Gund Graduate Fellow Janica Anderzén (CALS) will study the ecological, economic, and social importance of bees for coffee farmers in Chiapas, Mexico. Native and managed bees help shade-coffee farmers ecologically by pollinating coffee and food crops. Farmers who manage honeybees are less financially dependent on coffee, increasing their resilience. Her results will inform farmer and community education programs and dialogues with local governments regarding harmful pesticides. Project collaborators include: Gund Postdoctoral Fellow Alejandra Gúzman Luna (CALS); Rémy VandameMichelle RosalesDaniela Gallardo OlimónYliana Delfín Fuentes, and Omar Argüello Nájera of El Colegio de la Frontera Sur (ECOSUR); and Rigoberto Hernández JonapáJose Antonio López PérezWilliams Salomon Roblero, and Inés Lucia Pérez Gómez of Campesinos Ecológicos de Sierra Madre de Chiapas (CESMACH).

Read more about Janica, Ale, and the ALC’s work with coffee farmers and diversification of coffee farms here.

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