The University of Vermont envisions a world in which individuals and communities understand and deeply appreciate the interconnectedness among food production, sourcing, processing, transport, energy, access, and the impact on personal and environmental health. Individuals, families, and communities make decisions that consider social, political, and ecological factors and promote environmental and community wellbeing. The global food system provides nutritious and culturally appropriate food, regardless of individual life circumstances.
The University of Vermont develops solutions to global food systems challenges through world-class transdisciplinary research, teaching, and outreach dedicated to improving economic, ecological, and human wellbeing.
In 2016, UVM food systems stakeholders engaged in a strategic directions process to identify priority areas for food systems scholarship and education over the next 5 years. The participatory process engaged food systems stakeholders from across the university, including students, staff, and faculty, as well as partner organizations and food systems initiatives at peer institutions.
Read our Strategic Directions Report, which highlights the goals and working objectives identified during the process:
Download the report (PDF)
To support the strategy process, UVM has partnered with the Meridian Institute, a nonprofit with expertise in process design, facilitation, mediation, and strategy assessment and planning.