• “I loved the time that I spent at Sterling College. Attending Sterling gave me first-hand experience in eating local and learning about local food economies. It was at Sterling where I discovered my intense love for Vermont and my passion for its thriving artisan food economy.”

    Sarah Carson

    Sarah Carson

    2010 B.A., Sustainable Education[lsp10] , is the founder and owner of Queen City Pops, which makes handcrafted frozen chocolate truffle pops in Burlington, Vermont. Her business was a 2015 Martha Stewart American Made Food Finalist.

  • “This small college is one of the most important places in this country. Any institution can announce its ideals; great ones live them out–in the curriculum, on the campus, and in the portfolio.”

    Bill McKibben

    Bill McKibben

    honorary Sterling alumnus, environmental activist, and author of The End of Nature, Deep Economy, and Oil and Honey

  • “Sterling values strong environmental ties to the land. The value of environmental ethics is taught side by side with the courses. It’s really the college’s commitment to climate and social justice issues.”

    Nathan Welleford ’16

    B.A. Outdoor Education, minor in Climate Justice[lsp1]. . Currently works as the Event Coordinator for Kentucky for Kentucky, a company promoting the people and products of the state. He received Sterling College’s Climate Justice Scholarship for glacial research he conducted in Wyoming’s Wind River Range

Put your hands and mind to work as a Sustainable Food Systems major at Sterling College.

The time is now to work towards food security and food justice for all!

Meet Our Faculty:

  • Allison Van Akkeren

    Allison Van Akkeren

    Faculty in Sustainable Food Systems & Outdoor Education

  • Dr. Tony VanWinkle presents several ears of his home-grown native corn. He is wearing khaki work pants, a blue plaid shirt and suspenders. He is standing in front of a woodpile.

    Tony VanWinkle

    Director of the Rian Fried Center for Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems, Faculty in Sustainable Food Systems

Dig In!

Maple Syrup: The Sweet Life

Spring in Vermont means one thing: mud. We also make maple syrup sometimes. When we’re not in class or relishing a few fleeting hours of sleep, the Forestry Crew at…

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NYU Donates Over 300 Food Related Books

Sterling College and New York University’s collaboration on sustainable food systems has led to the recent donation of over 300 food systems related books. These books are a gift of…

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Kabocha Squash Taste Test @ High Mowing Seeds

Chef Simeon and Garden Manager Gwyneth Harris had the opportunity to visit High Mowing Seeds(HMS) today where they were invited to participate in an ever evolving series of vegetable taste…

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