Centers for Research and Education | College of Agriculture and Life Sciences | The University of Vermont(title)

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences maintains over a dozen research centers, educational facilities, and unique program sites that provide exceptional, experiential learning opportunities for our students, and enable world-class research by undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty.

Each of CALS' centers provides a real-world environment to test new ideas and learn new skills and concepts. These centers provide additional interactions with researchers and professionals who engage students in the practical application of knowledge gained in the classroom, and offer a wealth of research opportunities.

Some centers hold conferences, give guided tours, host panels, and offer internships or other career-building opportunities for our students.  They may also offer interactions and collaborations with the public, allowing our students to understand and contribute to local issues and community projects.

A student holds recently harvested beets.

Food Systems Research Center

UVM's Food Systems Research Center (FSRC) is the first USDA-funded research center to study the interconnectedness of all parts of a regional food system, from farm practices to food access.

Food Systems Research Center
Students planting at the HREC

Horticultural Research and Education Center

HREC is an accessible working lab and classroom for horticultural methods and technologies. Extensive apple and grape variety trials are conducted here, alongside field collections of rare flowering crabapples, lilacs, and perennials. It is also home to the student-run Catamount Farm.

Horticultural Research and Education Center
student leads a horse across a field

Morgan Horse Farm

The UVM Morgan Horse Farm has a distinctive mission: maintenance and improvement of Vermont's own Morgan horse breed. An apprentice program as well as breed research and outreach to the Vermont horse community is conducted in addition to promotion and sales of Morgan horses.

Morgan Horse Farm
steam coming out of bin of maple being boiled

Proctor Maple Research Center

For three quarters of a century, this center has been at the cutting-edge of maple research and served as a field classroom and a model facility for maple producers. The PMRC is widely recognized as playing a national role in the cultural growth and economic importance of Vermont’s maple crop.

Proctor Maple Research Center
Horses in blankets graze in a field, a series of barns behind them.

Paul Miller Research Center

The Paul Miller Research and Education Center (MREC) houses both the Miller Farm and the Ellen A. Hardacre Equine Center. This complex is home to the innovative CREAM and EQUUS programs with student-managed facilities, as well as the UVM dairy research herd.

UVM farms and facilities
UVM Greenhouses on campus at sunset

UVM Greenhouses

The UVM Greenhouses consists of several facilities that provide experiment and nursery space to our plant scientists and students. The main greenhouse, located on campus, is used extensively for teaching and research, as well as providing a warm place for some cold weather respite.

UVM Greenhouses
Inspecting historic plant specimens.

Pringle Herbarium

Housing over 360,000 specimens, The Pringle Herbarium the second largest plant collection in New England. It is a resource for systematic and floristics research, both regionally and internationally.

The Pringle Herbarium
Historic barn in a field covered with snow

Center for Rural Studies

The Center for Rural Studies (CRS) addresses social, economic, and resource challenges through applied research, program evaluation and community data & indicators.

CRS is a non-profit, fee-for-service research and resource center and is also home to Vermont's Census State Data Center.

Center for Rural Studies
Student examines a plant pest on a leaf

Entomology Research Laboratory

Located just off campus on Spear Street, research at The Entomology Research Laboratory is devoted to the development of effective biological control agents for forest, greenhouse, and vegetable insect pest management.

Entomology Research Laboratory
shovel in soil in the ground

Soil Health Research and Extension Center

SHREC will be a cross-disciplinary research hub focused on integrative soil health, offering comprehensive testing services to address stakeholder and researcher needs. SHREC will provide results, recommendations, and education to Vermont farmers and agricultural service providers.

Saffron flowers picked to harvest

North American Center for Saffron Research and Development

Saffron research began at UVM in 2016 and is ongoing, looking at the viability of growing saffron in NA. Saffron is the world's most expensive spice and UVM has become a hub of resources and research that supports farmers looking to diversify into this unique crop.

NA Center for Saffron Research
Student cooking in a teaching kitchen

Climate Kitchen

The UVM Climate Kitchen is a maker’s space where
inventive research projects and courses will investigate
and reimagine the interdependent relationship between
food preparation and climate change.

Climate Kitchen