The UVM Horticulture Research and Education Center (HREC) is the primary field laboratory site for applied teaching, research, and outreach activities on agronomic and horticultural crops conducted by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) and Extension faculty and staff.
This 97-acre property is also the home of the Catamount Educational Farm. Catamount Farm models sustainable farming practices through a working vegetable and fruit farm. The farm provides educational and research opportunities for the UVM community, as well as fresh produce for sale. Students are integral in carrying out all activities on the farm, from planting to marketing.
Each year the farm hosts numerous research projects. These research projects are conducted by professors, students and extension agents. Our goal is to support Vermont's agricultural communities with relevant, evidence-based research.
Students are integral in carrying out all activities of the farm, and this experiential learning environment provides them with real and diverse sustainable farm management skills. We offer a 6-month certificate program as well as a variety of classes for degree students.
There are a variety of ways to purchase produce grown at the farm: through our CSA, at Burlington's Old North End Farmer's Market, or at our weekly Farm Stand. In addition, the farm is home to various community organizations. These organizations offer classes, workshops, and tours to local residents.