Vermont Summer Study Tour

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June 16 – 29, 2016

Two Weeks. Seven Schools. Discover the Future of Food.

“First,” “Most,” and “Highest” most often describe the Vermont food system.  Whether you intend to put down roots in Vermont or study and reside elsewhere, now is your chance: work with Vermont’s food system leaders for three weeks in June, and earn three undergraduate or graduate credits that may be transferred to your school. You will traverse the state, learning from farmers, policy experts, food justice advocates, agricultural education specialists, land conservationists, and “Vermontrepreneurs.” EaSummer Study Tour Mapch day, you’ll move from the farms, processing facilities, businesses, and policy centers that make the Vermont food system one of the most unique case studies in the nation. Discover the successes of Vermont’s food system – and the challenges for the future.

Questions on the Vermont Food Systems Study Tour? Contact Rachel Arsenault at RArsenault@vtc.vsc.edu or call at 802.728.1677.

Vermont Food Systems Summer Study Tour Syllabus and Schedule

Points of focus include:

  • Vermont Technical College – Dairy Begins and Ends with a “C”: Cattle, Carbon, and Capital
  • New England Culinary Institute – From Farm Gate to Chef’s Plate
  • Sterling College – Restoring the Ecosystem that supports Our Food System: From Underground Biology to Nutritious Food
  • University of Vermont – Building an Urban Food System From the Ground Up
  • Middlebury College – Small State in the Big Picture: Leadership for a Climate of Change in Global Food Systems
  • Green Mountain College – Conservation at the Core: Biodiversity, Land, Energy, and Water Quality
  • Vermont Law School – Food System Advocacy: Leading the Nation in GE/GMO Labeling

    Courtesy of Vermont Farm to Plate
    Courtesy of Vermont Farm to Plate

Tuition and course fee (covers all credits, food, lodging, travel, and associated activities): $3500

NEW! Audit the Vermont Food Systems Summer Study Tour (includes food, lodging, travel, and associated activities): $3175

Credits: Three undergraduate or graduate credits available (SFS 2000/MSFS 5100), credits will transfer to home institutions

At the conclusion of the study tour, you will have a unique insider’s perspective on what it takes to create a just, sustainable, and resilient food system. Whether you are creating a life as an activist, farmer, entrepreneur, or policy maker, this course will provide you with invaluable tools for helping your own community transform the way in which it sources, grows, processes, purchases, and contemplates food.

What will you learn on the Vermont Food Systems Summer Study Tour? Check out the Tour Chronicles and Through the Students’ Eyes from the 2015 Tour.

Summer Study Tour Schedule-at-a-Glance

   Date Study Location    Theme/Activity
TU* 6/14/2016 UVM* UVM Food Systems Summit*
WE* 6/15/2016 UVM* UVM Food Systems Summit*
TH 6/16/2016 Vermont Tech Arrive and Settle at Vermont Tech – Farm BBQ
FR 6/17/2016 Vermont Tech Dairy Begins (and ends) with “C”: Cattle, Carbon, & Capital
SA 6/18/2016 NECI
Sterling
From Farm Gate to Chef’s Plate
SU 6/19/2016 Sterling Restoring the Ecosystem that Supports Our Food System: From Underground Biology to Nutritious Food
MO 6/20/2016 Sterling to UVM Intervale & City Market Tours & Presentation
TU 6/21/2016 UVM Farm to Healthcare, School, & College
WE 6/22/2016 UVM to Middlebury Farm to Institution
TH 6/23/2016 Middlebury Food Systems – Local to Global
FR 6/24/2016 Middlebury to GMC Leading Climate Change
SA 6/25/2016 GMC Conservation at the Core: Biodiversity, Land, Water, & Energy
SU 6/26/2016 GMC Conservation at the Core: Biodiversity, Land, Water, & Energy
MO 6/27/2016 Vermont Tech Carbon Mapping in the Food System
TU 6/28/2016 VLS Practice to Policy
WE 6/29/2016 VLS to VTC Practice to Policy
Closing Banquet
*optional event

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