Gund Graduate Fellow, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Josiah J. Taylor is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Vermont in the Faculty of Food Systems, and is also completing the Graduate Certificate in Ecological Economics. Josiah integrates farm education and food systems development across cultures working with diverse groups to enhance community and individual well-being through participatory action research.

Josiah's dissertation research involves working with immigrant and refugee focused farm programs in Vermont and Wisconsin to study and enhance quality of life experiences for farmers. His dissertation work also seeks to understand and improve ecological and economic sustainability for these farm programs. In 2018 as a doctoral student he was honored as UVM’s Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant.

Previously Josiah apprenticed and worked as a chef and as an organic farmer, and then completed a Masters in Critical Studies in Education at the University of New Brunswick, revitalizing traditional Wolastoq Native American language and culture, focusing on community and family food systems.

Additionally, as farm manager, Josiah has collaborated with William Woys Weaver, working to preserve endangered, culturally important historic food plant varieties through propagation and dissemination. In 2015 the teaching garden he founded in Pennsylvania won 2nd place educational and community garden in the U.S. by America in Bloom, and then in 2017 the garden received a Turnip the Beet: Gold Award from the USDA Food and Nutrition Service for excellence in combining farming, education, and nutritional programming.

To balance and ground his academic work Josiah enjoys gardening, working in the woods, and developing trails for community outdoor recreation.

Working dissertation title: Evaluating multiple domains of economic and quality of life impacts of immigrant focused community farm programs

Advisor: Joshua Farley

Gund Graduate Fellow Josh Taylor

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

PAR, immigrant farming, quality of life, sustainability


  • B.A., Cultural Anthropology, Colby College
  • M.Ed., Critical Studies in Education, University of New Brunswick