The Landscape Ecology, Agriculture, and Food Program (LEAF) brings together up to 20 first-year students from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) to form an active learning community. LEAF is one of four nested programs for first year students within Sustainability House.

As part of Sustainability House, LEAF students will participate in all the activities that members of the larger community enjoy. These activities include:

  • experiential and hands-on activities that build skills, connect to shared values, and develop of sense of community and place at UVM
  • complex- and community-wide events, including an annual Harvest Celebration
  • explorations of sustainability topics through field trips, workshops, independent studies, and service projects

In addition to NR16, the required Sustainability House seminar for all first-year students, LEAF students enroll in CALS 096, a one-credit fall course designed to provide students the opportunity to collaborate with a small group of their peers, while capitalizing on the diverse range of interests and disciplines included within CALS. If you see yourself as an active player in creating a sustainable future, through cultivating and expanding your interests and skills focused on food systems and sustainability, you are encouraged to apply to be a member of the CALS-LEAF community.

Application Process

Please click here to submit an application.

More Information

For more information, please contact Karen Nordstrom (