Study: For Rural States, Gardening Helped Prevent Hunger During COVID

A person plants corn seedlings

New research on rural New Englanders shows that gardening, hunting, fishing and other HWFP activities are important tools for maintaining food security through extreme events, such as pandemics or climate change events. 

University of Vermont and University of Maine researchers found that both food insecurity and home and wild food production (HWFP) – gardening, hunting, fishing,...

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Sam Bliss stands in a community garden holding a leek. The word "food" is tattooed across his fingers

Question Everything

Sam Bliss’s forehead twitched in the bright April sun. Until a late afternoon interruption, he was writing his dissertation, tapping away behind a computer screen at the Gund Institute for the Environment. His weekend plans: read more papers about people’s motivations for growing food.

It’s a topic Bliss has been exploring for years.

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A composite image of Rachelle Gould (left) and Trisha Shrum (right), with a forest shown on the middle panel

Gund Institute Names 2024 Catalyst Award Winners

The Gund Institute for Environment at the University of Vermont today announced a $200,000 Catalyst Award for a research project examining whether engaging in pro-environmental behavior can lead to more pro-environmental attitudes and values.

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