The Institute for Agroecology aims to contribute to agroecology transitions through engaged scholarship and action to uplift agroecology as a holistic and systems approach that can confront multiple intersecting crises including: climate change, biodiversity collapse, inequity, food insecurity and diet-related illness. The UVM Institute for agroecology is distinguished in several ways:
Our work is grounded in a participatory action research approach. That means that we do research with and for farmers, indigenous people, movements and communities.
We center equity in all of our work, actively working against exploitative land and labor relations, gender and racial inequality and an extractive relationship between the global north and south
We work at the local, regional, national and international level
We make connections across these geographies in our research, learning and action
We are the first agroecology Institute at a land-grant university in the USA aiming to transform research and learning to support social change
All of our work is guided by our values and a commitment to creating a more just and sustainable food system
We are creative and out of the box – disrupting conventional patterns and approaches in universities to create change.