• “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

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

Dig In!

An Apple A Day

It’s late September here in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, and the locals all know what that means – apples. As the first chills of autumn settle on the Common…

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Sterling College Community Food Action Students Explore Approaches to Local Food Security

Community Food Action Social movements and innovation often begin and have a big impact at the local level, and students in a Sterling College course are exploring what that means…

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Sterling Student Designs Floating Greenhouse to Combat Global Food Crisis

Friday was our first truly sunny, hot day of the season in Craftsbury Common.  As I pulled into the dusty driveway of Wild Branch Farm I was greeted by faithful, barking…

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