• The USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Food Systems Research at UVM is the first USDA research station designed to study local and regional food systems and the farms and processors that contribute to sustainable, healthy environments and people.

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The Food Systems Research Center is a collaboration between UVM and the USDA, focused on studying local and regional food systems, as well as small to medium sized farms. We an are an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary team consisting of basic scientists, social scientists, policy analysts, extension professionals, and more. The FSRC is open to scientists from all backgrounds as long as their research focuses on food systems. We work within the university and beyond to not only conduct research in the field, but to make a lasting impact through evidence-backed practice. 

The establishment of the FSRC at UVM is a reflection of Vermont's positon as a leader in local food systems, UVM's status as a top program in food systems, the work of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt), and a commitment from the USDA to expand food systems research.  Learn more




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The FSRC has several RFPs for the spring and summer of 2022. Faculty and staff from across all colleges, departments, centers, and institutes at UVM are encouraged to apply. Learn more.

Join Our Team! 

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The Food Systems Research Center is expanding. We anticipate we will be hiring new team members in the fall of 2022. Keep an eye out! The FSRC is always seeking UVM affiliates to join our team, conducting multidisciplinary research to solve the most pressing issues facing our food systems. To learn more about collaborating or joining our team, contact us

Contact Us

  Meredith Niles, Associate Director 
  802-656-4337 | 355 MLS Carrigan Wing
  Chris Skinner, Research Project Manager 
  802-656-0304 | 103 Morrill Hall