Pasture Program

UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture Pasture Program Coordinator Jenn Colby helps livestock farmers find success and lead quality lives.  Under this overarching theme, she coordinates the Vermont Grazing and Livestock Conference, partners with the VT Grass Farmers Association, manages multi-media outreach and provides leadership to pasture and livestock-based educational activities, research and technical assistance around the state.  Currently she manages a UVM team providing technical assistance in the Long Island Sound Watershed (Connecticut River), is the co-chair of the Vermont Farm to Plate Network’s Production and Processing Working Group, and serves on the boards of the East Central Vermont Development District and the Vermont Farm Show.  In her local community, she is an advisor for the Randolph Technical Career Center agriculture program and volunteers for several community-school committees.

Outside of official Extension work, Jenn teaches grazing and livestock courses part time at Sterling College and Vermont Technical College.  She has operated a diversified meat livestock farm in the Randolph, VT area since 2000 and recently relocated the farm to a new location with new challenges.  Jenn and her family have competed in Kansas City-style barbecue around New England for more than a decade; a skill they plan to capitalize on as they build the new farm business.


Peer Reviewed

Qingbin Wang, Robert Parsons, Jennifer Colby, Jeffrey Castle. Value-Added Dairy Products from Grass-Based Dairy Farms: A Case Study in Vermont.  Journal of Extension, June 2016, Vol. 54, No. 3.

Jennifer Colby.  A Comprehensive Assessment of Factors Affecting Success on Vermont Grass-Based Livestock Farms, University of Vermont Department of Community Development and Applied Economics, Master’s Thesis, January 2012.

Kenneth Jones, Jennifer Colby. Healthy Communities—Beyond Civic Virtue, National Civic Review, National Civic League and Jossey-Bass, Vol. 90, No. 4, 2001, pp.363-374.

Non Peer Reviewed

Jennifer Colby.  The Progressing Farmer Buys a Farm article series. On Pasture online newsletter. 2017.

Lou Simms, Matt Smith, Juan Alvez, Jenn Colby, and John Aber. New England Dairy Farm Survey: Rising Bedding Costs and Potential Alternatives. UNH Extension Cooperative Quarterly Newsletter, December 2014.

Jennifer Colby. An Assessment of Vermont Grass-Based Farmers, Technical Assistance, Pasture Education, and Federal Programs. 2014.

Josef Gorres, Rachel Gilker, Jennifer Colby.  Addressing Pasture Compaction: Weighing the Pros and Cons of Two Options. 2014.

Matthew Peters, David Brynn, Jenn Colby, Cecilia Danks, Tara Hamilton, Susannah McCandless, and Eva Wollenberg. 2010. The Role of Loggers in Providing Vermont’s Wood Energy.

Matthew Peters, Eva Wollenberg, David Brynn, Jenn Colby, Cecilia Danks, Tara Hamilton, Susannah McCandless. 2009. 2005-2008 Forest Harvest Summary for Selected Towns in Addison and Washington Counties, Vermont.

Jones, K., Witten, M., Thomas, S., Colby, J. 2001. A Manual for Developing Environmental Assessments and Comparing Risks: A Supplement to the “Guide to Implementing Local Environmental Action Programs in Central and Eastern Europe”, Green Mountain Institute for Environmental Democracy.

Awards and Recognition

  • 2017  UVM College of Agriculture & Life Sciences New Achiever Alumni Award
  • 1991  College of Agriculture & Life Science student award

Associations and Affiliations

  • 2016-present  Randolph Technical Career Center Agriculture Program Advisor
  • 2015-present (elected in November, 2014) Co-chair, Farm to Plate Network Producers and Processors Working Group
  • 2014-present East Central Vermont Economic Development District board member 
  • 2012-2015 East Central Vermont Sustainability Consortium (UVM designated representative)
  • 2012-present Vermont Beef Industry Council (UVM designated representative 2012-2014,
  • 2016-2018, VT Beef Producers Association alternate 2012-2015)
  • 2011-present VT Farm Show Trustee (UVM Extension designated representative) Secretary, 2016-2018
  • 2011-present USDA-NRCS State Technical Committee (UVM Extension designated representative)
  • 2010-present Agricultural at-large Advisory Member, Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional [Planning] Commission
  • 2008-2018 Board member, VT Beef Producers Association (Secretary 2010-present)
  • 2008-2014 Board member, Northeast Organic Farming Association-VT (NOFA-VT)
Jenn Colby of the Pasture Program

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

  • Grazing
  • Grass-based livestock production
  • Swine
  • Small ruminants


  • MS, Community Development & Applied Economics, UVM
  • BS, Animal Science, UVM


  • 802-535-7606
Office Location:

Berlin Extension Office, 327 US Route 302, Berlin, VT

Office Hours:

By appointment