University of Vermont

Agroecology and Rural Livelihoods Group


Agroecology students at Bella Farm


Ernesto Méndez's Agroecological Pedagogy

When students enroll in Ernesto Méndez’s Advanced Agroecology class, they are signing up for a semester-long experience that has been carefully crafted for deep learning.

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April 28: Tierralismo Film Screening

Tierralismo: Stories from a Cooperative Farm is a documentary about the history and practices of one of Cuba’s most successful urban farms, the Organoponico Vivero Alamar (Alamar Organic Cooperative). Tierralismo introduces viewers to agronomists and senior management, as well as the workers who plant, plow, and propagate. What began as a necessity—farming without pesticides and chemical fertilizers—has become a source of pride to co-op members. The film shows how they fertilize with compost and cow manure, raise their own insects for biological pest control, and have even created a fully biodegradable alternative to the plastic bag for use with seedlings.

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Dispatches from the Field: Agro-ecology in Brazil Part 2

Many farmers in Brazil's Atlantic Forest face challenges providing for their families while also meeting the requirements of Brazil’s Forest Code. Participants in an Atelier organized by UVM's Gund Institute are working as part of a larger effort to identify solutions to protect and restore the Atlantic Forest. This is grad ...

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