Associate Professor

Dan Baker’s work focuses on applied community development in Vermont and internationally. Helping build stronger, more resilient sustainable rural communities is a life-long goal, commitment and unifying theme in his work.
His international experience includes the Ecological Sugar Project, a long-term research and development program to increase incomes and reduce the environmental impact of small scale artisanal sugar producers based in Honduras.  In Honduras he also worked with community partners and UVM students to improve water systems, strengthen women’s small business and develop school gardens.  His current international service-learning focus with students is food systems and rural development in Peru. He has a strong interest in the integration of civil/environmental engineering and community development.

In Vermont, Dan’s research includes work on dairy labor issues, including interviews with dairy farmers and migrant Latinx farmworkers that seeks to address long-term labor shortages in the dairy industry through on-farm practices and public policy.  His work also includes emergency preparedness and planning, with a particular emphasis on the unique issues facing mobile home park residents.

Outside of the University Dan produces maple syrup with his family and “spends as much time in the woods as possible.”

Publications

Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Gerlicz, A., Mendez, E., Connor, D. Baker, D., & Christel, D.  (2018) Use and Perceptions of Alternative Economic Activities Among Smallholder Coffee Farmers in Huehuetenango in El Quiché Departments in Guatemala.  Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems
  • Baker, D. (2017) Ecological panela production in Honduras: a lighter footprint for non-centrifugal sugar. Cogent Food and Agriculture 3: 1372684
  • Baker, D., S. Hamshaw,  K. Hamshaw  (2014) Rapid Flood Exposure Assessment of Vermont Mobile Home Parks Following Tropical Storm Irene.  Natural Hazards Review. 15:1, 27-37
  • Baker, D. and D. Chappelle (2012)  Health Status and Needs of Migrant Farm Workers in Vermont.  Journal of Agromedicine 17:3, 277-287
  • Baker, D. and D. Chappelle (2012)  In Vermont, Se Habla Español: Using Occupational Spanish to Help Dairy Farmers Manage a Changing Workforce. Journal of Extension. 50:3

Recent Academic and Professional Presentations

  • Baker, D. (2018) Counting on Latino Labor in a small dairy-dependent state: Vermont dairy farmers perspective on working with a more diverse labor force. Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society and Association for the Study of Food and Society 2018 Annual Meeting. Madison, WI
  • Baker, D. & Kades, J.  (2018) Vermont Latino Farmworker Stress Survey. Vermont Dairy Labor Forum. University of Vermont. Sept. 12, 2018.
  • Baker, D. & Irwin, E. (2018) Vermont Dairy Farmers Opinions on Agricultural Labor. Vermont Dairy Labor Forum. University of Vermont. Sept. 12, 2018.
  • Baker, D. (2018) Trends in Vermonters Opinions on Latino Migrant Labor. Vermont Dairy Labor Forum. University of Vermont. Sept. 12, 2018.
  • Baker, D. (2017) Vermont Partners of the Americas: What We’ve Done and Where We Hope to Go.  Honduras Partners Conference.  Vermont Law School, April 7, 2017
  • Baker, D. (2016) What is Community Development? Community Development Ecosystems Summit. University of Vermont. Oct. 25, 2016
  • Baker, D., Hamshaw, K., Lowry, D. (2014) Role of Emergency Management in Mobile Home Parks.  International Association of Emergency Managers.  San Antonio, TX.  Nov. 17, 2014
  • Baker, D. (2014) Self-assessed health care issues of Latino dairy farmworkers in Vermont. Individual presentation as part of a panel titled “Farmworker Wellbeing in New England's Dairies” at the Association for the Study of Food & Society Annual Conference.  Burlington, VT.  June 19, 2014
  • Baker, D., Hamshaw, K., Hamshaw, S. (2013) Building Resilience to Disaster: Learning from the Experience of Vermont's Mobile Home Parks in Tropical Storm Irene. Poster:  Hazards Research & Applications Workshop.  Natural Hazards Center. Boulder, CO.  July 2013

Awards and Recognition

  • 2013 Carrigan Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and Advising
  • 2012 North American College & Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Teaching Award of Merit.
  • 2010 Vermont Campus Compact's 2010 Campus/Community Partnership Award.
  • 2006 Outstanding Service-Learning Faculty Award for “excellence and innovation providing service-learning that supports students and the community” - UVM Office of Community-University Partnerships Service-Learning.
  • 2003 Kroepsch-Maurice Excellence in Teaching Award.
  • 2000 Vermont Land Trust’s Richard W. Corbin Community Conservation Award.

Associations and Affiliations

  • President, Vermont Partners of the Americas
  • University of Vermont Graduate Faculty
  • University of Vermont Sustainability Fellow
  • University of Vermont Service-Learning Fellow
  • Agriculture, Food and Human Values
  • Energy Efficient Mobile Homes Advisory Committee.  High Meadows/Vermont Energy Investment Corporation.
Dan Baker

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

rural development, dairy labor, Latinx farmworkers, "panela" artisinal sugar, low-input technology transfer, emergency management, resilience planning, project-based learning

Education

  • Ph.D. Natural Resources/Ecological Economics,University of Vermont
  • M.S. Agricultural Economics, University of Vermont
  • BA, Philosophy. Burlington College

Contact

Phone:
  • 802.656.0040
Office Location:

205E Morrill Hall

Courses Taught

  • CDAE 002: SU: D2:World Food, Population, and Sustainable Development
  • CDAE 171 SL: Community and Internatial Economic Transformation
  • CDAE 273 SL: Project Planning and Development