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Summer Grad Course in Agroecology & Grad Certificate @ UVM

Interested in agroecology and applying its transdisciplinary lens to local farms and issues? Please consider our summer graduate course PSS 311: Introduction to Agroecology. This course can be taken as a stand-alone or as the first course of our Certificate for Graduate Study in Agroecology (CGSA). We also offer it as a non-credit option, which, in addition to students, draws professionals and practitioners working in the field. This brings together a diverse community to learn and share different perspectives and experiences. If you have any questions, please contact Emily Harrington (agroecol@uvm.edu).

HOT Social Impact Opportunities Week of 10/29-11/6

Searching for a summer internship or job for after graduation? Check out these great opportunities posted in Handshake HERE. They include jobs & internships in the environment & renewable energy, not for profits/NGOs, sustainable food systems, international development, Govt. – state & local, and many more. Deadlines are fast approaching!

Join the Discussion & Screening of Modified: A Food Lover’s Journey into GMOs 10/16 @ 6:30p

After screening at the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival this summer, the award-winning documentary film “Modified” returns to the Marquis Theatre for a special one-night only screening in company of the filmmaker and the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont. The special screening is being held to mark World Food Day. Please help us spread the word by forwarding this invitation to friends & colleagues who may be interested in attending!

Tuesday, October 16 at 6:30 pm
The Marquis Theatre, Middlebury
Q & A with the filmmaker and NOFA-VT will follow

“Modified” tells the story of a very personal mother-daughter investigative journey into the complex world of genetically modified foods (GMOs). The film, which has received 10 awards since its release, was partially filmed in Vermont and highlights the state’s historic fight for GMO labelling, as well as Vermont’s short-lived GMO labelling law which was overturned by federal legislation in 2016.

The film is also a visual celebration of food and the love of cooking, highlighting recipes and cooking vignettes from the filmmaker’s farm-to-table cooking show on PBS Food. World-renowned chef Jacques Pépin calls the film “a very personal, tender, touching tribute to a great mom, and a well-researched, enlightening and powerful documentary”.

The film is also being shown in Burlington at Vermont International Film Festival on October 19th, and at Montpelier’s Savoy Theater on October 17th.

For a full list of screenings and to watch the film’s trailer, please visit: www.modifiedthefilm.com

We look forward to seeing you in Vermont!

Hot SOCIAL IMPACT Internship & Job Opportunities in Handshake : Deadlines Week of 4/30-5/7

Social Impact

Engagement Coordinator at Berkshire Museum – due 5/1

The Berkshire Museum seeks an Engagement Coordinator to provide administrative support in the areas of development, membership, community outreach, and communications.


Disaster Recovery Project Lead at SBP – due 5/1

SBP is an innovative nonprofit that shrinks the time between disaster and recovery.


AmeriCorps College Mentor at College Forward – due 5/1

Work as a College Completion or College Access Coach for a year in Austin or Houston, TX.


Operations Specialist at IEEE – due 5/1

Work at the world’s largest professional association advancing innovation and technological excellence for the benefit of humanity.


Summer Farm Immersion Internship at Green Chimneys – due 5/1

Spend your summer learning farm-related tasks in Brewster, NY.


Global Operations Associate at IDinsight – due 5/1

Work at an international location (India, South Africa, Senegal, Zambia, Kenya, Phillipines, or San Francisco) at an international development consulting organization.


Adaptive Program Intern at Community Sailing of Colorado – due 5/1

Community Sailing of Colorado is a small nonprofit in Boulder that offers sailing programs that support individuals, local groups, and organizations.


Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program Intern at Vermont Housing & Conservation Board – due 5/1

Interested in helping local farmers and support Vermont’s food system? Spend your summer in Montpelier supporting business planning for Vermont farm, food, and forestry businesses.


Events Intern at MassChallenge – due 5/1

Apply for this internship if you have a passion for creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship.


Community Farm Internship at Smokey House Center – due 5/1

The Green Chimneys Dog Interaction Program in Brewster, NY allows students and residents to be actively involved in the everyday care, socialization and training of shelter dogs.


Toxics Action Center Organizational Intern – due 5/1

Toxic Action Center works side-by-side with communities, empowering them with the skills and resources needed to prevent or clean up pollution at the local level.


Family Philanthropy Internship at Cradles to Crayons – due 5/1

Support the Development, Partner Relations, and Operations teams at a nonprofit that provides children from birth through age 12 living in homeless or low-income situations with the essential items they need to thrive – at home, at school, and at play.


World Law Internship at World Service Authority – due 5/1

Apply to the World Service Authority if you are interested in educating about, promiting, and advocating human rights and world citizenship.


Fisheries Technician at Prince William Sound Aquaculture Corporation – due 5/1

Fish Technicians function as part of the hatchery operations team in the cultivating and rearing of fish in Cordova, Alaska.


Diversity Outreach Intern in Soil and Water Division at Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation – due 5/2

This internship offers students a great way to develop an interest in environmental protection as an occupation among racial and ethnic minorities.


Community Outreach & Storytelling Intern at Maine Farmland Trust – due 5/4

This intern will raise public awareness through storytelling, and contribute to two of Maine Farmland Trust’s programs: Outreach and Farm Viability.


Honduras International Team Member at Witness for Peace – due 5/5

Join the Witness for Peace for a two-year term of service, producing documentation of the impacts of US policies and corporate practices, such as articles/blog posts, fact sheets, short videos, and action alerts.


Media and Communication Internship at the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund – due 5/5

Work at a national Sikh American media, policy, and education organization that empowers Sikh Americans by building dialogue, deepening understanding, promoting civic and political participation, and upholding social justice and religious freedom for all Americans.


Social Media Coordinator Position at Reconnect Brooklyn – due 5/7

Reconnect Brooklyn was founded in 2010 as an innovative community response to the social disconnection of young men in the Bed-Stuy neighborhood of Brooklyn.


Monitoring and Evaluation Intern at One Earth Future – due 5/7

One Earth Future is an international NGO with a mission to catalyze systems that eliminate root causes of war.


In Their Own Words: Ellery Berk ’14

“In Their Own Words” is an ongoing series featuring the experiences of Middlebury students at their summer internships. This summer Ellery Berk ’14 interned with Gardens for Health International in Kigali, Rwanda.   

What did you do?

For the month of June, I interned with Gardens for Health International as a communications intern, conducting interviews, collecting media and writing blogs. Gardens for Health  is an agricultural NGO that partners with Rwandan health centers to equip families facing malnutrition with the knowledge and resources for greater self-sufficiency.

What did you learn?

Through Gardens for Health, I learned anew the values of self-sufficiency and community, and I have great expectations for our partnership moving forward. I learned that it is very important to be flexible.

What are your plans for the future?

My interest in development and global health remains strong; however, I realize that my place in the field likely does not lie in a small grassroots organization. While in Rwanda, I found that the most effective work Gardens for Health did was completed by Rwandans themselves. Expat staffers provided programmatic and technical support for Rwandan staff members, but little else. From this experience, I’ve learned that if I want to continue in the global health and development field, I should probably work with larger organizations, like Oxfam or the UN, and I should get an MPP and MBA.

Think this experience sounded pretty cool? Check out opportunities like this and more on MOJO.

Farm Fresh: Easy and Local

During the first week of July, I picked up three succulent beefsteak tomatoes at Your Farmstand, located in the Mahaney Center for the Arts. I was ecstatic. For me, summer officially starts when there are luscious tomatoes to be had (not those rock-hard fakes trucked from across the continent). I also picked up a bag of freshly cut mesclun lettuce tossed with colorful edible flowers from Middlebury’s organic farm, slicing cucumbers from the Lalumiere farm, and rainbow chard.

Since joining Your Farmstand, I’ve been the lucky recipient of an abundance of high quality, local produce and meat without having to battle crowds at farmers markets or find parking at the store. The College helped organize this new venture for the Middlebury community in response to a faculty/staff survey indicating keen interest in local agriculture. Francisca Drexel,  farmstand manager,  and Greg Krathwohl ’14, coordinator, were key boots on the ground. Originally conceived and started by growers in Charlotte, Your Farmstand has the potential to elevate local agriculture, opening new markets with a fresh approach that combines the best parts of CSAs and farmers’ markets, grocery stores, and e-commerce.

When I log into my account at yourfarmstand.com I can see “what’s for sale.” The producers have listed what they have available this week, from their home computers. I can see descriptions of the products, the quantity available, and where they are from. Some describe how the item was harvested, or how it tastes, or was grown. I can click on the producer’s name and learn more about the farm or business.

“We visited local farms and recruited growers,” said Greg Krathwohl, explaining how the program works. He showed me on Google Maps the locations of the 23 producers currently supplying Your Farmstand at Middlebury. This is really local agriculture. The farthest away is Ferrisburgh, which is less than 20 miles. When selecting growers for the program, the organizers wanted to be able to offer a wide variety of items to customers. “If growers all sell the same produce, no one would benefit,” Krathwohl said.

Your Farmstand has been offering almost enough variety that I could do most of my grocery shopping there: organic milk, cheese, beef, pork, lamb, sausage, blueberries, summer apples, carrots, cucumbers, several lettuces, cabbage, broccoli, bread, croissants, baguettes, cinnamon rolls, eggs—chicken and duck, green beans, red and golden beets, rainbow chard, fennel, fresh garlic, kale—many types, kohlrabi, onions, scallions, new potatoes, summer squash, chicken—grillers and broilers, specialty granolas, beef jerky, jam, sunflower oil, pesto, fiddlehead dilly, vinegar, coffee, spices, herbs, tea—calendula and nettle, honey, beeswax, gourmet chocolate. Even firewood.

The way it works: I opened an account on the site and deposited money (by debit card, but I could have mailed a check) into my account, from which my orders, due by Monday, are subtracted. The website keeps track of my order, and I receive a receipt listing what I selected. The farmers deliver to Middlebury on Tuesday afternoon, and my order is waiting for me to pick up at the MCFA a couple of hours later.

The most unexpected surprise for me so far has been the amazing pork chops. I am old enough to remember what pork tasted like before it was raised in factory settings. And these pork chops, from Meeting Place Pastures, taste like those from my childhood. Is it possible for us to transform agriculture back to its more wholesome days?

When I walk into the MCFA and there are colorful, healthful baskets brimming with food raised by our neighbors and friends, I feel hopeful.