CALS in the News-March 2024

Megaphone shouting news about agriculture.

CDAE Assistant Professor Trisha Shrum was interviewed by WCAX about the way Vermonters spend their money and how it will evolve as extreme weather occurrences increase.

USDA NIFA announced funding for a project on sheep and goat farmer collaboration and education, with the UVM Extension Center for Sustainable Agriculture. Outreach Specialist Kelsie Meehan is the lead on the project. Continue reading “CALS in the News-March 2024”

CALS in the News-February 2024

Megaphone shouting news about agriculture.

New research on rural New Englanders shows that gardening, hunting, fishing and other HWFP activities are important tools for maintaining food security through extreme events, such as pandemics or climate change events. The paper was originally published in the journal Scientific Reports, and includes UVM CALS researchers Meredith T. Niles, Ashley C. McCarthy, Sam Bliss, Emily H. Belarmino, Scott C. Merrill, Farryl Bertmann, Rebecca Mitchell.

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CALS New Hires-January 2024

Carly Bass, Grazing Technician, Center for Sustainable Agriculture

Carly BassCarly Bass is the new grazing specialist within the Champlain Valley Crop, Soil, and Pasture Team and the Center for Sustainable Agriculture. She is based at the UVM Extension Middlebury office, and will provide technical assistance, outreach, and education to farmers in Addison County and southward into Southern Vermont.

Bass has always been passionate about animals but did not get a lot of exposure to agriculture growing up in the Maryland suburbs of D.C. She began horseback riding at an early age as a way to interact with animals every day. Continue reading “CALS New Hires-January 2024”

Climate Learning Forum: Healthy Trees Gathering in Vermont

Four people are leaning over to look at sugar maple tree seedlings on a forest floor.
The visiting group noted the presence of perennial plants growing on the forest floor. Photo credit: Suzy Hodgson

On a blustery afternoon in June, agriculture and forestry technical advisors including USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) and UVM Extension met to observe and discuss healthy trees on a parcel of Vermont clay plain forest in Shelburne. Following several online meetings to discuss tree health in Climate-Smart Agriculture and Forestry (CSAF) Mitigation Activities, this gathering was the first time many of the professionals had met in person. Continue reading “Climate Learning Forum: Healthy Trees Gathering in Vermont”