Over 250 research-active faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences--discovering and exploring every day. Though it's impossible to list all of that exciting work, we can share some current highlights.
Researching immigrant populations in Vermont and issues of food security -- UVM geography professor Pablo Bose and anthropologist Teresa Mares
- How do immigrant groups maintain their cultural identity through the foods they grow and eat?
- For two years, Mares has been participating in a food security project called Huertas, which means “gardens” in Spanish, helping Latino migrant workers to develop their own kitchen gardens where they can grow vegetables and herbs that are familiar to them.
- The project works in Franklin County and central Vermont with some of the estimated 1,200 to 1,500 Latino migrant workers on Vermont dairy farms.
- Bose studies the ways that refugees maintain cultural ties when they resettle in small and mid-sized towns.
- For over five years, Bose has studied the New Farms for New Americans program, which connects Burlington-area immigrants with land and agricultural knowledge and equips them to grow crops that are culturally familiar.
“It helps to build bridges and build relationships between different people in the community, between different people involved in agriculture,” Bose said, and Mares agrees that both research projects illustrate that food security is about more than just nutrition.