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.
The Green Mountain College's Cerridwen Farm provides experiential learning opportunities to Sustainable Farming and Food Systems majors and other College students. The Farm is part of the College's Farm and Food Project that conducts research in sustainable agriculture and food production projects such as renewable energy, local and regional food processing, and high tunnel crop production.
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.
The Middlebury College Organic Farm serves as an outdoor classroom for students who also grow and sell organic produce to the College's dining facilities and local restaurants and stores.
The Sterling College Farm programs in vegetable production, livestock management and woodlot management support the courses in the Sustainable Agriculture major, serves the College's dining hall, and offers general farming experience for agriculture students.