Integrated Farming Practicum 2018
Faculty: Rick Thomas, Jared Nunery, Steve Hagenbuch
This team-taught, intensive course provides an introduction to forest ecology, low-impact forest management techniques, and forest farming approaches used to produce timber, non-timber forest products, and value added forest products. Lectures, hands-on learning experiences, and meaningful work combine to build skills and knowledge required to bring a systems thinking approach to forest management. The course is designed to expand the concept of the farmstead to include forested areas. It will include sessions on forest ecology and management, silvopasture and forest farming, wildlife habitat management, extraction of timber products with draft animals, and green woodworking.
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Rick Thomas: Through his teaching at Sterling College, Rick connects the things he values most: hard work, living a farmer’s life, continued learning through experiential challenge, and building lasting relationships with students. His courses are designed to introduce and then sequentially build knowledge on the use of a variety of viable sources of power for today’s small scale diversified farming endeavors. Interactive lectures coupled with hands-on experiences allow students the opportunity to use mixed power system across the College’s working landscape.
Jared Nunery: Jared started working for the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation (FPR) in the summer of 2012 as a State Lands Forester out of the St. Johnsbury office. Before joining the FPR, Jared spent three years working for SmartWood, a non-profit in Richmond, Vermont where he worked as an auditor of forest management practices both in the U.S. and internationally. Prior to working for SmartWood, Jared worked as a consultant on a variety of projects related wildlife habitat management, climate change adaptation and mitigation projects, and forest management. Jared began his career by spending four years as a research technician working in a variety of forest types in Alaska, Montana, Wyoming, New York, New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont. Jared earned his B.S. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Vermont, and his M.S. in Forestry from the University of Vermont.
Steve Hagenbuch: Steve has worked with Audubon Vermont in a variety of roles since 1998. Currently he is a conservation biologist with Audubon Vermont’s Forest Bird Initiative. In this position, Steve works with private landowners, municipalities, foresters, and land managers to promote management activities that will enhance the habitat value of forestland for priority bird species. In 2009, Steve obtained his master’s degree in conservation biology from Antioch University New England. His graduate research investigated the implications of maple sugarbush management for Neotropical migrant songbirds. When not in the woods on business Steve can still be found there—hiking, mountain biking, backcountry skiing, exploring with his kids, or whatever else seems like fun. Steve, his wife Dana, and children Grady and Willa live on an 1850’s farm in Waterbury Center, VT.