UVM Farmer Training Program Info Session


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UVM Farmer Training Program Information Session from the University of Vermont – August, 2021

Farmers are finally being truly seen for the heroes they are.

When life as we knew it came to a screeching halt, farmers kept going because of a sense of duty, purpose, selflessness, and because that’s who they are! For the first time in the 20 years since Gallup began tracking American views of 25 major businesses and industries, farming and agriculture is now No. 1 in the minds of the public.

If you feel called by this truly rewarding work that is so vital to our society, we invite you to join us for a FREE informational webinar to learn about the UVM Farmer Training Program on Thursday, August 5th at 12:00 p.m. EDT. The Farmer Training Program Director will share with you what a typical week on the farm looks like and what students have done after completing the program.

UVM’s Farmer Training Program is a six-month, hands-on program for aspiring farmers and food-systems advocates that provides experiential, skills-based education in sustainable farming. Students will get a unique and comprehensive education by running all aspects of the 10-acre Catamount Educational Farm, learning from expert farmers and educators in the classroom, and alongside successful, inspiring farmers in the Burlington area. The Farmer Training Program is housed in UVM’s Plant and Soil Science Department, providing students the opportunity to interact with and learn from many of the faculty and staff who teach in the program and conduct research at the farm. Based within the Plant and Soil Science Department at UVM, the program provides students access to UVM’s academic ecosystem and top experts in the field. 

The program is designed for people interested in immersing themselves in sustainable, local food systems in a hands-on educational setting. Candidates include, but are not limited to: new and beginning farmers, urban and community gardeners, farm educators and students interested in deepening their understanding of sustainable farming systems in an intensive and focused learning environment.

RSVP for the Farmer Training Info Session

The info session will also present information about how to apply for the next Farmer Training Program which begins on May 2, 2022 and is now accepting applications. 

If you have any questions about the webinar or the program, please call the UVM Farmer Training Program team at 802-656-2085. You can also schedule a phone appointment with them via email.

“It’s not a bachelors, masters or doctorate, but this certificate means more to me than any achievement or degree in my life.  I am a man transformed because of the Farmer Training Program.  I have discovered my passion, my purpose and even more who I am.  And I owe it to those six months.” – Taylor Jespersen 2016 Graduate

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