Learn to Farm and Earn College Credit at the University of Vermont


Dig deep with your education this summer and immerse yourself in the vibrant learning environment of Catamount Education Farm at the University of Vermont. Use your hands and head in these farm-based courses that are simultaneously experiential, innovative and rigorous. Start with the Summer Farm Practicum and add up to three more classes for a summer of learning that could earn you a semester’s worth of credit.

Catamount Farm 2018

PSS 195 – Diversified Farm Management

CRN: 61917
Instructors:Terence BradshawSarah DeSantis and Rachel Stievater
Credits: 6
Dates: May 21 – August 10
Days & Time: Mon, Weds, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Location: The Catamount Educational Farm at the UVM Horticultural Research Center

Course Description: Previously offered as PSS 209. An experiential course in sustainable, diversified vegetable crop production that includes soil fertility, weed, insect and disease control, crop planning and farm management skills. Course is closely aligned with non-credit UVM Farmer Training Program. A complementary four-credit Farm Marketing and Management Practicum course will be offered in fall 2017 which will complete the student’s farming experience through a full growing season and include reflection on current season and planning for the next. Students may take each course independently. Students are responsible for their own transportation to the UVM Horticulture Research and Education Center. Prerequisites: PSS 021 and one 100-level PSS course, equivalent experience or Instructor permission.

“Awesome summer course, hands on experience is unparalleled especially in agriculture, learned a lot of valuable information.” – 2014 Sustainable Farm Practicum student

PSS 137 – Plant & Soil Science: Landscape Design Fundamentals

CRN: 61848
Annie White
Credits: 4
Dates: May 22 – June 16
Days & Time: Tues, Thurs, 9:00 am – 3:45 pm
Location: Marsh Life Sci 129

Course Description: Studio course to learn techniques of landscape design and analysis, develop graphic communication skills for representing the landscape, and apply sustainable design principles to a site. Prerequisites: Junior standing; at least one course in drawing, design, or mapping, or Instructor permission. Cross-listed with: CDAE 137, ENVS 137, NR 137. Prereq: One course in drawing, design or mapping.

PSS 161 – Plant & Soil Science: Fundamentals of Soil Science

CRN: 61830
Instructors: Josef Gorres
Credits: 3
Dates: June 18 – July 13
Days & Time: Tues, Thurs, 9:00 am – 4:45 pm
Location: James M Jeffords Hall 118

Course Description: Biological, chemical, and physical properties of the dynamic soil system as related to plant growth and environmental problems. Prerequisite: Inorganic chemistry or permission.

PSS 154 – Composting Ecology & Management

CRN: 61849
Instructor: Lynn Fang
Credits: 3
Dates: July 16 – August 10
Days & Time: Tues, Thurs, 9:00 am – 4:45 pm
Location: On campus and the Catamount Educational Farm at the UVM Horticultural Research Center

Course Description: Examines ecological, physical and chemical principles, the practical management of the composting process, and benefits of using compost in plant and soil ecosystems. Prerequisite: Three credits in basic biological or ecological science or Instructor permission.

PSS 311- Introduction to Agroecology

CRN: 61883
Instructor: Ernesto Mendez
Credits: 3
Dates: July 16 – August 10.
Location: 3 weeks online and 1 week on campus M-F 9:00-5:00

Description: In-depth overview of research and applications in the field of agroecology, with a focus on providing the student with conceptual and analytical content. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or Instructor permission.