Educating and Training the Next Generation of Farmers and Food Innovators
A group of 45 Vermonters came together in July, 2020 to engage in a nine-month planning process that could transform the agriculture and food system degrees at Vermont Tech. The group includes Vermont Tech alumni, farm and food producers, education professionals from other Vermont institutions, and government, business and nonprofit leaders who all share a passion for Vermont Tech and our regional food system and want both to succeed.
Vermont Tech’s School of Agriculture, Plant, and Animal Sciences with its hands-on, applied education model has trained generations of farmers and food-system workers. The transition process underway within the college and the Vermont State College System has given this group of volunteer stakeholders the opportunity to evaluate the strengths of the current agricultural education program while making recommendations for ways to increase its presence and relevance in an ever-evolving regional food system.
Through community meetings, large group visioning sessions, small group listening sessions, and an alumni and Randolph area survey, a great deal of input has been gathered which is informing four work teams as they re-envision the focus and educational offerings at Vermont Tech.