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XIV INTERNATIONAL AGROECOLOGY SUMMER COURSE at the University of Vermont (PSS/ENVS 212; 4 credits) July 7-20, 2013

Dr. V. Ernesto Mndez, Associate Professor, Agroecology and Rural Livelihoods Group -, University of Vermont Department of Plant and Soil Science and Environmental Program and Dr. Stephen R. Gliessman, Alfred Heller Emeritus Professor of Agroecology, University of California, Santa Cruz and Board President of the Community Agroecology Network (CAN)

This course is a modified version of the Advanced Agroecology course (PSS/ENVS 212), usually offered in the fall by Professor Mndez. The International Agroecology Shortcourses are intensive two-week training courses are offered annually through a partnership with the Community Agroecology Network (CAN), a non-profit organization based in California and founded by agroecology pioneer Dr. Stephen R. Gliessman and his wife, environmental educator, Robbie Jaffe. Starting in 1999, a network of Agroecologists from around the world have offered this course (see, alternating years between the U.S. and a Latin American location. This is the 14th offering of the course. Students will have the opportunity to learn from a team of international instructors and share with professionals from all over the world. Participants will receive a reading list in advance of the course to be completed by the first session on Monday, July 8th. During the intensive on-campus portion of the course (from July 8-19), the students will join instructors and other participants on-site at UVM to undertake a dynamic learning experience, including lectures, work and research on Vermont farms, and group projects. The two-week Shortcourse requires a full-time commitment of 9 am to 5 pm and one Saturday morning. The course will include both UVM and other university students taking the course for credit, as well as a diversity of professionals ranging from farmers to professors that are interested in the field of agroecology. This allows for a unique opportunity to get to know and network with a variety of people that are interested in applying agroecology in academic, farm, non-profit and other settings.

Agroecological Approaches to Climate Change and Food Systems Resilience.

We will only be able to accommodate 20 UVM for-credit students, so please try to enroll early.

In addition to regular summer tuition (, a $375 course fee is required. The fee covers coffee breaks for students during the days we stay on campus, transportation costs for field trips and compensation for farmer partners.


For-credit students can opt to participate in the meals and housing options that are available to non-credit participants. Additional housing options are available, including a promotional offer of five free-nights on-campus housing. (Note: the promotional housing is on the UVM campus, but in a different location from the Shortcourse housing and the facility is not air-conditioned). Please contact the Course Coordinator at with related questions.

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