Agroecology Course in Vermont

Agroecology FieldIn 2013, for only the second time in its history, the International Agroecology Short course will be held in Vermont. From July 7th-20th, 2013, participants from around the world will gather at UVM to learn about "Agroecological Approaches for Climate Change and Food Systems Resilience." What is agriculture’s role in contributing to climate change? What are opportunities within agriculture to mitigate or adapt to a changing climate? When we talk about agriculture, do we mean smallholder farmers, industrial agriculture or both? These questions will be on the table during the 14th Annual International Agroecology Shortcourse, where the theme is the application of agroecological approaches to support resilience to climate change and promote robust, sustainable food systems. Farmers are constantly innovating in their daily practice, and much can be learned by identifying and analyzing existing agricultural management strategies that have the potential to adapt to and/or mitigate climate changes. By integrating ecological and social sciences with farmer’s knowledge, agroecologists believe it is possible to both design and manage more sustainable agri-food systems and address global environmental change. For more information, view the course poster or the full course description. Please note, there is just a month left for participants to take advantage of the discounted early registration offers, which end on April 15th.  Additional information is available on our website:  www.uvm.edu/~agroecol/?Page=shortcourse.html&SM=coursessubmenu.html

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