UVM’s Farmer Training Program is a six-month, hands-on program for aspiring farmers and food systems advocates that provide experiential, skills-based education in sustainable farming. Students will get a unique and comprehensive education by running all aspects of the 10-acre Catamount Educational Farm, learning from expert farmers and educators in the classroom, and alongside successful, inspiring farmers in the Burlington area. PLANT YOURSELF IN A NEW FIELD!

    Visit the farm:

    We offer tours of our farm! To reserve a space please email our enrollment coaches at You are welcome to come at 12:30 to eat lunch with the current FTP students. One of the co-directors will lead a tour at 1.

    Upcoming Tours:

    • Friday, August 16, 1-2:30
    • Friday, September 13, 1-2:30
    • Friday, October 11, 1-2:30

    Graduates will gain:

    • A Certificate in Sustainable Farming from UVM
    • Experience in organic crop production, from seed to market
    • A deeper understanding of small-scale farm management
    • Entrepreneurial skills to start a farm business
    • A network of incredible people to provide support and guidance

    Why Vermont?

    Vermont is a national model in alternative food-systems development with its network-based approach. Here you’ll find farmers, food-systems advocates, regional food hubs, policymakers, and community members committed to increasing production and consumption of local foods. Vermont has the highest number of farmers’ markets and CSAs per capita than any state, and it’s consistently ranked among the healthiest, greenest places in the nation. When it comes to local food, Vermont proves what’s possible.

    Why is this program important?

    Now more than ever we need to sow seeds of resistance. Climate change, environmental degradation, poverty, and food access – are all issues at the forefront of our society. We must combat these socio-economic and environmental problems however we can. Growing local food is one significant way. Small, diversified farms that employ sustainable practices can improve soil, water, and air quality, sequester carbon and increase biodiversity.

    The Farmer Training Program provides you the skills to manage a diversified farm and be that change our planet so desperately needs. Planting those seeds of resistance is the first step to localizing your community’s food system and healing the earth.

    Cost Details

    • All payments must be paid in full by April 13, 2020. An attendee will not be allowed to attend this offering if a balance is due.
    • You have the option of paying in full by credit card, or by making a minimum payment of $800 now, however, ensuring the balance due is paid by April 13th. You will receive email reminders if you have a balance due.
    • Otherwise, if paying by a check or purchase order, these payments can be mailed to the University of Vermont CDE, 322 South Prospect Street, Burlington VT 05401, ATTN: Accounts Receivable. A University of Vermont Affiliated Chart String is also available for input.
    • Here are some estimates of additional costs students should plan for:
      Housing: $500 to $800 per month. Meals: $200 to $400 per month. Tools/Materials: $200 total (approximate)




    The program is designed for people interested in immersing themselves in sustainable, local food systems in a hands-on educational setting. Candidates include, but are not limited to: new and beginning farmers, urban and community gardeners, farm educators and students interested in deepening their understanding of sustainable farming systems in an intensive and focused learning environment.

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