University of Vermont

Horticulture Research and Education Center

Catamount Educational Farm

Catamount Educational Farm  (Cat Farm) is a division of the UVM Horticulture Research & Education Center launched in 2014. The mission of Cat Farm is to model sustainable farming practices through a working vegetable and fruit farm that provides educational and research opportunities for the UVM community. Students are integral in carrying out all activities of the farm, and this experiential learning environment provides them with real and diverse sustainable farm management skills.  

All  produce on the farm is grown under Cat Farm direction to provide for long-term soil fertility, crop planning, and integration with teaching and research activities. Produce grown on the farm is sold to the UVM community to fund the program, through: summer and fall community-supported agriculture (CSA) shares delivered to campus and picked up on-farm; weekly farm stands on campus and at the farm; and institutional sales to UVM’s Sodexo food service. Students in associated programs provide the majority of farm labor in an experiential learning setting.

Educational Programs

Farmer Training Program

The Farmer Training Program is a 6-month, full-time intensive program for aspiring farmers and food systems advocates that provides a hands-on, skill-based education in sustainable agriculture. Established in 2011, this full-time program offers participants the unique opportunity to manage their own growing site, take classes from professors and expert farmers, and rotate as workers and learners on successful, diverse farms in the Burlington area.

Catamount Farm Summer Experience

This suite of integrated undergraduate PSS courses include study on: sustainable, diversified vegetable production; orchard and vineyard management; and compost ecology and management. In 2018, coursework will include the sustainable vegetable farm practicum;  introduction to soils; ecological landscape design; and compost ecology and management.

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