Learn in Vermont

Apply Yourself: Become part of the food system renaissance for real people, real food, real change.

You are the steward of the future. Through learning, you will define how we grow, regulate, and distribute food, one of our most fundamental needs. When Vermont Educatoinyou learn in Vermont, you become part of a larger community of leaders, researchers, and catalysts for the sustainability and integrity of global food systems.

The vitality of open, working land and the foodshed are our first priorities. Together, our seven schools provide academic programming and certificates in almost two dozen core areas of food systems study, with an emphasis on integration, practical learning, sustainability, service learning, and food education.

Till the soil on a farm, help people in need, share knowledge to help others, or spend time working in a food business. Internships and off-campus practical experiences are available in areas including full-cycle farming, entrepreneurship, and food activism in a statewide, national, or international context. Develop your vision, define your plan, and earn school credit in the field in Vermont, the U.S. and internationally.

Through food systems programming, connect to Vermont’s Farm to Plate Initiative, a national model for state level food systems development that embodies Vermont’s commitment to statewide collaborative efforts. This initiative helps incubate our learning laboratory, from the classroom to the businesses and organizations that are shaping Vermont’s food system.

When you learn in Vermont, you will work have the opportunity to work with mentors and become a part of innovative research in areas critical to the preservation of our environment, including energy, climate change, and food security. Join a faculty mentor to further research in areas related to science, energy, economics, marketing, nutrition, and policy.

Access programs at the convergence of agriculture, science, and community development.  Shape sustainability partnerships with community farms, non-profit organizations, and other schools nationwide and internationally. Our schools collaborate with consumers, farmers, non-profits, and community organizations, as well as with statewide, national, and international educational institutions on a variety of achievement levels, from high school credits to post-grad programs.

Vermont schools are on the leading edge of innovation, working together to offer students online courses, exchanges and internships, field experiences, and shared access to research and thought leaders. Vermont is our classroom: become part of the nation’s food system renewal.