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Liaison Gioia Thompson
Submission Date March 19, 2014
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University of Vermont
ER-T2-2: Organic Garden

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Complete Expired Walter Poleman
Associate Director
Field Naturalist Program
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Does the institution have an on-campus garden where students are able to gain organic farming and/or gardening experience?:
Yes

A brief description of the garden:

The common garden near the GreenHouse is managed by the GreenHouse Garden Guild and employs organic practices. The Guild is a group of students that design, plant, tend, and harvest the garden under the supervision of Professor Terry Delaney. The students also cook meals together with the food grown in the garden. The program has an educational purpose, although there is no academic credit for the work completed and participation is voluntary. The students learn about crop rotation, planting dates, garden planning, and food preparation.

The Common Ground Farm is located in South Burlington and is entirely run by a student club. It is a 3 acre farm where students grow vegetables for a Community Sponsored Agriculture (CSA). Dr. Yolanda Chen teaches two formal classes on the farm.
There is a small organic garden outside the Jeffords science building. The UVM club Campus Kitchens grows vegetables in the garden to use in hot meals for those in need in the Burlington area. Dr. Yolanda Chen also teaches a class (PSS 124 ‘Agroecology of Vegetable Crops’) where students design research studies using the Jeffords gardens.


The website URL where information about the garden is available:
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