Fort Ticonderoga Internship a Growth Experience for Plant & Soil Science Major

An aerial view of the many gardens at Fort Ticonderoga, NY.
Source: Fort Ticonderoga

Allie Film, a senior majoring in ecological agriculture in the UVM Plant and Soil Science (PSS) Department, recently completed a summer horticulture internship in the historic King’s Garden at Fort Ticonderoga, New York, while also earning credits for her work. Film was perfectly suited for the internship with her background in agroecology, 4-H and the UVM Beekeeping club. Additionally, she had practical experience through a PSS ecological design course by designing, planting and maintaining a pollinator garden at her home. Film had visited Fort Ticonderoga as a child, and appreciated the historic accuracy of the gardens and the ecological management approach by Fort Ticonderoga. Continue reading “Fort Ticonderoga Internship a Growth Experience for Plant & Soil Science Major”

Vermont 4-H Represents at the Big E

A large group of 4-H students with their leaders, all wearing green jackets, are posing together at the Big E event.
Dairy Project Members at the Big E. Photo credit: Amy Parent.

Vermont 4-H members represented their state at the 2022 Big E event, held at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA. They participated in the event in several ways, including representing the dairy and horse projects, and at the New England Center where they performed stage presentations and demonstrations for the public. Continue reading “Vermont 4-H Represents at the Big E”

Families Enjoy the Forest, Learn New Skills During Outdoor Family Weekend

A group of children stands around an outdoor camp fire while an adult stirs coals in a large pot.
Campfire cooking with wild edibles. Photo credit: Allison Smith

A great weekend was had by all who attended the 24th annual Outdoor Family Weekend (OFW) event hosted by UVM Extension’s 4-H program, in partnership with the Vermont Departments of Fish and Wildlife (VFW), and Forests, Parks, and Recreation (FPR). This family-friendly event is designed to cultivate connections with the outdoors through camping and the acquisition of new skills. Continue reading “Families Enjoy the Forest, Learn New Skills During Outdoor Family Weekend”

Extension Farm Viability Peer-to-Peer Meets at Pigasus Farm

A group of about 10 people are visiting a farm field where a herd of pigs is grazing, on a sunny, summer day.
Photo credit: Dana Ruppert

The UVM Extension Farm Viability Program’s Farmer Peer-to-Peer (FPtP) Discussion Group met during August at Pigasus farm in South Hero, VT. The FPtP is a group of farming peers which meets monthly over the course of a year, to tour and learn from participants varied farming operations, share challenges and opportunities, and hone business management skills. Continue reading “Extension Farm Viability Peer-to-Peer Meets at Pigasus Farm”