University of Vermont
The Farmer Training Program is a 6-month intensive program for aspiring farmers and food systems advocates that provides a hands-on, skill-based education in sustainable agriculture. 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. This program will provide an intense, supportive experience where participants leave with a Certificate in Sustainable Farming, a deeper understanding of agricultural management and small-scale farming, and the entrepreneurial skills to start their own operation.
Breakthrough Leaders Professional Certificate Program addresses problems and opportunities relating to sustainable food systems and leadership. Participants engage in a combined online and on-campus program to expand their capacity to recognize, and create positive, forward-looking solutions for our food system. The program's online component is immediately followed by a residential learning experience on the campus of the University of Vermont.
The Food Systems curriculum integrates social science, humanities and natural science approaches to understanding connections among vital interests of humanity in creating nourishment, pursuing health and well-being and sustaining the environment.