Food and Farming Gap Program in Vermont


Vermont Tech & Vermont Youth Cons Corp launch Food & Farming Gap Program!

Vermont Technical College and the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps are partnering to offer Venture Semester, a fifteen week program that provides students with life-changing experiences in food, farming and leadership in Vermont.

As a collaboration between the VYCC and Vermont Tech, students earn a credit- bearing education in applied agriculture and food systems, while immersing themselves in a tight-knit crew of 16 students and 2 highly passionate crew leaders who live and explore together. Venture is a very different college experience; academic studies are indistinguishable from hiking a mountain, kayaking in Lake Champlain, or cooking a farm fresh dinner with their crew. Students spend one semester, or up to a full year, learning to milk cows, raise honey bees, and boil sap into maple syrup. They are taught by innovative farmers, expert teachers, and agricultural leaders. Each crew grows vegetables from seed to harvest, and cooks for one another every day. Together, they learn as much about themselves and their place in the world as they do about food systems and agriculture. Venture Semester is a new program of VTC and VYCC, two long-standing leaders in Vermont agriculture and education, which is designed to create inquisitive, driven, and passionate young adults.

Are you a student craving an adventure in food, farming and the outdoors? Are you a teacher, counselor, or parent who knows students who excel in hands-on, immersive learning experiences?

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To ask questions about the program, schedule a presentation or visit to your school, or to simply learn how Venture Semester fits into an academic or Gap year, email Cae Keenan, Program Coordinator:

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