Agriculture & Food Entrepreneurship
Vermont Tech’s agriculture program continues it’s evolution announcing the vision for Vermont State University’s “Center for Agriculture & Food Entrepreneurship” set to accept students for fall of 2024.
Building on VTC’s 120-year history of educating farmers and food system workers, we will more closely align with Vermont’s agricultural future and ever-evolving local and regional food system, needs.
Working with 40+ experts from across Vermont engaged in transformation of agriculture & food system education we are now implementing the changes needed to launch the new program for Vermont State University students.
Students can expect expanded educational degrees offered in a variety of modalities (on-campus, virtual, and hybrid) as well as a robust internship program providing on farm experiences as well as with food production and supply chain businesses. Students can earn an Associate Degree in Agriculture & Food Entrepreneurship, with concentrations in either:
- Agriculture & Livestock Production
- Food Entrepreneurship
Students can expect real world experience in production, marketing, and sales of a wide range of products. Updated farm facilities and new enterprises include:
- custom dairy heifer grazing
- deep bedded hogs, vegetables, grass-fed beef
- alongside the existing apple orchard and maple sugaring operations
- a new meat processing training lab and program currently under construction, supporting credit, non-credit, and apprenticeship opportunities
Students may then choose to go on to complete a bachelor’s degree in either Diversified Agriculture or another degree offered at Vermont State University. The Dairy Farm Management degree with a pathway to the University of Vermont will continue to be offered to meet students and our state’s needs.
Currently, we offer continuing education in food systems, cannabis cultivation and care, and working lands trainings through our Continuing Education & Workforce Development department with existing and new programming. Flexible learning is available.
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Curriculum information will be available once program is fully approved. Stay tuned for more information!