Enrollment Requirements and Options:
Students in this pod will live and learn at The Farm Between in Jeffersonville, VT. Students in this pod may enroll in online coursework.
This pod includes the following courses:
Agroforestry 4 cr
Agroforestry embodies the middle road between agriculture and forestry land uses by combining agronomic cropping and livestock systems along with perennial tree crop production. Founded on ancient food production, ecological principles, and agroecological research, the integrative approach of agroforestry intentionally manages for improved biodiversity, water quality, carbon sequestration, and soil health through economically successful and socially conscious land use practices, including: riparian forest buffers, shelterbelts, alley cropping, silvopasture, forest farming, and special topics (e.g. forest gardening). In this course, lectures and course materials serve to define these practices and associated ecological principles, and to elucidate management strategies for developing functional agroecosystems. Practice-specific case studies and field trips provide working examples of agroforestry and interaction with practitioners and agroforesters. Throughout the course, students create an original agroforestry handbook.The course culminates with site implementation of agroforestry practices.
Value-Added Food Production 2 cr
This is a practical skills course investigating various types of farm-scale production of edible value-added products. Readings and discussion will focus on the food science, technical skills, cultural knowledge and economic information necessary to understand product development, from concept to market. There will be both experiential and field-based learning approaches to food processing technologies, with a focus on our region and special emphasis on using raw agricultural products from managed agroforestry systems.
The course will offer a hands-on opportunity to learn and practice production skills of various value-added products. In addition to an exploration of food safety regulations, food business licensure in Vermont, and an introduction to business planning and marketing, each student will develop and design their own value-added food product.