18th Annual International Agroecology Shortcourse

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The Agroecology and Livelihoods Collaborative (ALC)* at UVM, in partnership with the Community Agroecology Network (CAN), are excited to announce the 18th Annual International Agroecology Shortcourse, Pathways to Resilience: An Agroecological Approach.

Agroecology offers crucial tools for farmers, advocates, and planners to transform food systems for sustainability and resilience. This year’s shortcourse will focus on agroecology as a science, practice, and movement. By drawing on the experiences of participants from all over the world, this course will examine pathways to more resilient agrifood systems at a local, regional, and international scale.

Classes and field activities will be held at UVM, situated in the heart of the Champlain Valley, offering the unique opportunity to experience Vermont’s vibrant, local food and agriculture systems.

*Formerly the Agroecology and Rural Livelihoods Group

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Participants: We prioritize a culture and environment that is accepting, inclusive, and supportive of diversity, and where students, staff, and faculty of varied backgrounds can interact effectively in a climate of mutual respect. We encourage participants from multiple backgrounds to apply, including international and U.S.-based students, farmers, academics, government and private sector professionals, extension agents, and activists. We also support the application of traditionally underrepresented and marginalized communities, including Native American, African American, Asian, Latino, and people on the LGBTQA spectrum.

Organizers and Instructors: The course is organized by the Agroecology and Livelihoods Collaborative (ALC) and the Community Agroecology Network (CAN), in collaboration with sponsoring organizations. Key instructors and organizers include V. Ernesto Méndez, associate professor of agroecology at UVM, Stephen R. Gliessman, professor emeritus of agroecology at the University of California, Santa Cruz and CAN founder and board member, and Rose Cohen, executive director of CAN, as well as researchers, local farmers, NGO professionals, and other leaders in agroecology.

Course Dates: July 31—August 10, 2017, with an option for an online expanded course for credit July 17—August 11

Course Location: University of Vermont in Burlington

Contact: If you have any questions, please email: agroecol@uvm.edu.

Sponsored in partnership with: the Agroecology and Livelihoods Collaborative (ALC), University of Vermont and the Community Agroecology Network (CAN), The Gund Institute, and UVM Environmental Program, Food Systems Initiative, and Food Systems Graduate Program.


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