Migrant workers and their families often live in geographic, linguistic and cultural isolation which can create barriers to education, wellness and other public services. UVM Extension provides assistance with a focus on improving access to healthcare and education, food access and security, and overall social wellbeing.

Vermont Migrant Education Program

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VMEP provides free educational support services to eligible children and youth who relocate independently or with their families in order to obtain seasonal or temporary employment in agriculture. More Info >>

Bridges to Health

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Bridges to Health is a health outreach program for migrant farmworkers in Vermont. Utilizing a care coordination model carried out by regional Migrant Health Promoters, the program empowers farmworkers to make timely health decisions. In addition to offering care coordination to migrant farmworkers in need of health care services, Bridges to Health creates capacity building opportunities for local health entities to implement linguistically and culturally appropriate services.

Contact: Naomi Wolcott-MacCausland, Migrant Health Coordinator
nwolcott@uvm.edu | (802) 524-6501 ext. 447

Farming Across Cultures

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For producers, managers, and Latino Employees in the areas of work, health and the home. More Info >>

New England High School Equivalency Program (HEP)

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HEP helps eligible migrant and seasonal farm workers and members of their immediate family obtain the equivalent of a high school diploma, and subsequently gain employment or pursue postsecondary education.  HEP offers program participants a free tablet and access to online curriculum available in both English and Spanish, thus enabling program participants to complete an individualized and self-paced course of study in preparation for passing the GED exam.  This program is offered in partnership with other New England states of Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

Contact: Claire Bove, Vermont HEP Coordinator
Office: 802-388-4969 x 338   Cell: 802-249-4611  claire.bove@uvm.edu

The Huertas Project

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Huertas is a community-based food security project that enables Latino/a migrant farmworkers and families living on Vermont’s dairies to access culturally familiar and local foods through cultivating kitchen gardens. More Info >>