Who is our student base? Primarily students coming from family-owned farms or agricultural enterprises from within Vermont.
This program is an especially friendly transition from high school to college via Vermont Technical College, where classes are small, the teaching paradigm is mentor-based, and total campus population is under 2000 students. Randolph Center is a "Vermont town," similar to where our students have grown up.
In the second year of this two-year program, students move to the campus of the University of Vermont in Chittenden County. Only then do they become a part of a campus with nearly 10,000 students and immense diversity of people and cultures. Those two years play a huge role in "growing into" a students' college career and becoming established in relationships that will support them the rest of their lives.
Three former FARMS 2 + 2 students were featured in a recent article, 'Passing on the Pasture' in Seven Days, a Vermont publication. Read how these three are committed to continuing the family farm business.
At UVM, class size remains small and the student/faculty relationship is based on mentoring.