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.
The Green Mountain College's Cerridwen Farm provides experiential learning opportunities to students in the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems major and the Masters in Sustainable Food Systems graduate program and to other College students. The Farm is part of the College's Sustainable Food Solutions 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.
The 3-week Breakthrough Leaders Professional Certificate Program "combines online and on-campus cross-disciplinary learning to addres problems and opportunities relating to sustainable food systems and leadership."
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 and in the Food Systems major, serves the College's dining hall, and offers general farming experience for agriculture students.