Jane Sorensen

I am a farm and nursery owner- River Berry Farm is a family owned organic small fruit and vegetable farm operating on the Lamoille River in Fairfax, Vermont since 1992. We grow 50 acres of organic vegetables, 3 acres of strawberries, 1-1/2acre of organic raspberries and 18,000 square feet of greenhouse.

I am passionate about pollinator habitat. I provide educational opportunities to UVM undergraduates and the public, so they can learn to be part of the solution. Populations of pollinators like native bees, wasps, butterflies, moths, beetles and hummingbirds and the non-native European honeybee are in decline. Researchers are studying the causes and determining pesticides with fragmentation and loss of habitat are the prime suspects.  Much more research is needed to verify the losses and causes.

With more of the land being domesticated, it is up to us to help support these critical pollinators.

Associations and Affiliations

Xerces Society

North American Pollinator Proctection Campaign

Vermont Pollinator Protection Committee

Jane Sorensen

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

 Pollinators, Landscape Design, Ecological Foundations of Landscape Design


  • M.S. Landscape Architecture, Harvard Cambridge MA 1985
  • B.S. Landscape Architecture, Penn State 1980


Office Location:

Office Hours:

By appointment

Courses Taught

PSS 137 Landscape Design Fundamentals

PSS 196 Landscaping for Pollinators

PSS 238 Ecological Landscape Design