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									                UVM Food System Research Projects
           This is a working document. Please contact Jessica Hyman at jhyman@uvm.edu if you have any
Thank you to Rachel Schattman from the Center for Sustainable Agriculture for the original research and data collection for this
             list and to CDAE Graduate Assistant Faye Conte for her work getting the info onto the FSRC website.
         CENTER                       PROJECT TITLE                                             SYNOPSIS                                       UVM PARTNERS            CONTACT                  EMAIL              TIMING         COMMUNITY PARTNERS                      Tags              Research Topics

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Stakeholder advisors          Community Development
                                                             This project is designed to evaluate and enhance the willingness and                                                                                                include farmers, agri-        & Applied Economics,
                           Costs and Challenges Associated   readiness of dairy producers, allied industry, and community responders                                                                                             business personnel,           ASCI, UVM Extension,
                           with Developing and Implementing to implement strict biosecurity protocols in the event of a highly                                                                                March 1, 2010 -    planners, state agency        livestock bio-security; UVM Projects,
Animal Science (ASCI)      a Community-Wide Biosecurity Plan contagious animal disease emergency such as foot-and-mouth disease.            CDAE; UVM Extension   Julie Smith DVM PhD Julie.M.Smith@uvm.edu   June 30, 2013      personnel.                    dairy                   Distribution

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Co-PI's: Soren Buus,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 University of Copenhagen,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Denmark; William Golde,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 USDA, Plum Island Animal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Disease Center, New York,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 USA; Vish Nene,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 International Livestock
                                                              The livelihoods of smallholder farmers in rural communities in sub-                                                                                                Research Institute (ILRI),
                                                              Saharan Africa (SSA) often depend on their livestock. Cattle, and                                                                                                  Nairobi, Kenya; Key
                                                              especially dairy cattle, are an important agricultural resource to                                                                                                 Collaborators/Senior
                                                              smallholder farmers in SSA providing a source of animal protein to farm                                                                                            Personnel : Morten Nielsen,
                                                              families, as well as increased market opportunities through local sales.                                                                                           Technical University of
                           A Modern Approach Towards          Infectious diseases are a major constraint on cattle productivity and                                                                                              Denmark, Lyngby,                                         farm inputs; UVM
                           Developing Vaccines for Critical   create vulnerabilities for smallholder farmers in developing countries.                                                                                            Denmark; Philip Toye,         Animal Science (ASCI),     Projects; Technical
                           Bovine Diseases Impacting          The objective of this international research collaboration is to accelerate                                                                                        International Livestock       dairy, disease,            Assistance;
                           Smallholder Farmers in Sub-Saharan the development of vaccine technology for two critical cattle diseases                                                                          May 2010 - April   Research Institute (ILRI),    experiment,                Education &
Animal Science (ASCI)      Africa                             impacting smallholder farmers in SSA.                                                               John Barlow        john.barlow@uvm.edu      2013               Nairobi, Kenya                international, livestock   Outreach

                                                                There is a need to address key health problems that impact the health,
                                                                welfare, and productivity of dairy cattle managed under organic
                                                                production systems, while simultaneously meeting the philosophical
                                                                principles of environmental sustainability that underlies the emergence
                                                                and growth of this production system. The objective of this research is
                           Evaluation of Novel Control          to quantify the potential efficacy of alternative treatments that will
                           Practices Addressing Key Health      enhance the health, welfare, and productivity of organic dairy cattle,
                           Problems Facing the Organic Dairy    while also meeting the goal of being environmentally safe and promoting                                                                       September 2008 -
Animal Science (ASCI)      Industry                             environmental and economic sustainability.                                                        John Barlow        john.barlow@uvm.edu      August 2010                                      dairy; organic; disease    farm inputs

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         CENTER                           PROJECT TITLE                                              SYNOPSIS                                        UVM PARTNERS              CONTACT                    EMAIL                TIMING           COMMUNITY PARTNERS                    Tags              Research Topics

                                                                     The project is modeling the effect of fluid turbulence on the growth rate
                                                                     of algae. The current project will develop a stochastic Lagrangian
                                                                     approach that can be coupled to Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes
                                                                     models of turbulent flow to provide efficient, accurate prediction of algae
                                                                     growth rate enhancement by turbulent mixing. We are performing a
                                                                     proof-of-concept of this approach by comparison with direct numerical                                                                               The current project
                                                                     simulation results for homogeneous turbulence. In future research we                                                                                expires in
                                                                     plan to extend this model to anisotropic turbulent flow conditions as                                                                               September, 2010.
                                                                     generally prevail near a wall boundary or a free surface, which is where                                                                            However, I have
                                                                     the majority of algae growth occurs. Commercially produced algae has a                                                                              submitted two NSF
                                                                     wide variety of uses, including usage as animal feed and nutritional                                                                                proposals for
                               Stochastic Lagrangian Approach for    supplements for humans. Algae can also be used in the production of bio                                                                             support to
                               Algae Growth under Turbulent          diesel. Also, algae growth systems are currently being investigated by the                                                                          continue this
Center for Complex Systems     Mixing - Proof of Concept             USDA as a method for on-site remediation of agricultural wastewater.        School of Engineering   Jeffrey S. Marshall   jeffm@cems.uvm.edu        research.                                         complex systems;

                               Rapid Detection of Food-Borne         We investigate the volatile organic compound signature of bacteria from
                               Pathogens Using Novel Mass            the Genus Escherichia, Salmonella, and Campylobacter using secondary
Center for Complex Systems     Spectrometry                          electrospray ionization mass spectrometry.                                  School of Engineering   Jane Hill             jane.hill@uvm.edu         2010 - 2014                                       disease; complex systems

                                                                     A series of technical discussions on issues related to place-based
                               Taste of Place – Technical Sessions   marketing of certain food products and follow-up interviews with dairy                              Jane Kolodinsky,                                January 2010 -        VTAAFM, Center for an       taste of place; local food;
Center for Rural Studies (CRS) and Follow-up Interviews              producers interested in developing value added products                                             Thomas DeSisto        Jane.kolodinsky@uvm.edu   June 2010             Agricultural Economy        collaboration               retail/marketing

                               Taste of Place – Preliminary Market   A preliminary study to assess interest in placed-based marketing of                                 Jane Kolodinsky,                                January 2010 -
Center for Rural Studies (CRS) Study                                 specific Vermont food products in two markets in the northeast                                      Thomas DeSisto        Jane.kolodinsky@uvm.edu   June 2010             N/A                         taste of place             retail/marketing
                                                                     A study to assess interest in placed-based marketing and willingness-to-
                                                                     pay for specific Vermont food products in several markets across the                                Jane Kolodinsky,                                July 2010 -
Center for Rural Studies (CRS) Taste of Place – Market Study         United States                                                                                       Thomas DeSisto        Jane.kolodinsky@uvm.edu   December 2010         N/A                       taste of place               retail/marketing
                                                                     Since 1990, the Center for Rural Studies has conducted a state-wide                                                                                                       VAAFM, NOFA-VT, VT
                                                                     survey of Vermont residents on a variety of issues, including topics        CDAE; NFS; CALS; UVM                                                    1990 - 2010;          Campaign to End Childhood education; local food;       education &
Center for Rural Studies (CRS) Vermonter Poll                        related to the food system                                                  Extension, etc.         Thomas DeSisto        thomas.desisto@uvm.edu    February 2011         Hunger, etc.              energy;                      outreach

                                                                     The CDC gave Shelburne Farms/VT FEED a grant for farm to school
                                                                     programs to increase fruit & vegetables in school lunches. We are
                                                                     working with a team on the evaluation of this grant. This involves 3
                                                                     activities: 1) qualitative interviews with Food Service Directors at 10
                                                                     selected elementary schools 2) review and analysis of food purchase and
                                                                     preparation records, including invoices, food production records, menus                                                                                                   Shelburne Farms and their
                               CDC Grant Evaluation of Farm to       and recipes from these 10 schools and 3) surveys of 4th graders at these    Jane Kolodinsky, CRS;                                                   April 2010 -          outside evaluator, Peer     evaluation; farm to        Food access; Health
Center for Rural Studies (CRS) School in Vermont                     10 schools.                                                                 Linda Berlin, CSA       Erin Roche            eroche1@uvm.edu           November 2010         Associates                  school; youth              & Nutrition

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Winooski Natural
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Resources Conservation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               District (WNRCD;, Rutland
                                                                     The Local Growers Guide (www.vermontgrowersguide.com) is a                                                                                                                Area Farm and Food Link
                                                                     searchable website that raises awareness about local food sources, links                                                                                                  (RAFFL); Addison County
                                                                     customers to local products, and supports local farms. The guide includes                                                                                                 Relocalization Network                                 education &
                                                                     farmer-submitted information about their farms, their products, and                                                                                                       (ACORN); Northwest                                     outreach;
                                                                     where they sell. It is searchable by town, county, product (organically                                                                                                   Regional Planning           tools; local food;         distribution;
Center for Rural Studies (CRS) Local Growers Guide                   grown, certified organic, or conventional), farm name, and sales outlet.                            Jessica Hyman         jhyman@uvm.edu            Ongoing               Commission; 7th Pixel       geography                  consumers

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                                                                  The Food Production Education VT Project will establish a state-wide
                                                                  school community gardening initiative that engages children and youths
                                                                  in growing fresh nutritious produce using land on or adjacent to school                                                                                                                                Center for Rural Studies,
                                                                  campuses. The project includes a mini-grant program to fund school                                                                                                                                     evaluation, farm to         UVM Projects;
                                                                  community gardens and provide school community garden organizers                                                                                                                                       school, Friends of          Consumers;
                                                                  and coordinators with ongoing technical assistance and horticultural                                                                                                                                   Burlington Gardens,         Distribution;
                               Food Production Education VT       support. The process and outcome evaluation will focus on the                                                                                        July 1, 2010 - June   Friends of Burlington       gardens, local food,        Education &
Center for Rural Studies (CRS) Project Evaluation                 implementation and net effects of the project.                                                         Jessica Hyman      jhyman@uvm.edu             30, 2011              Gardens                     nutrition, youth            Outreach

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Education &
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Outreach; Retail &
Center for Sustainable       Mapping Vermont’s Local Food         The aim of this project was to map and analyze local food system density                                                                                                                               local food; market          Marketing; Food
Agriculture (CSA)            System                               in Vermont.                                                              PSS                           Dan Erickson                                                                                    access; tools; geography    Access

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Center for Sustainable
                             Sustainable Food Sourcing and        The purpose of this study was to explore stakeholder values and propose                                                                                                                                Agriculture; Distribution; UVM Projects; Farm
Center for Sustainable       Distribution in the Vermont          indicators of those values in the interest of increasing sustainability in the                                                                                                                         local food; production;    Production;
Agriculture (CSA)            Regional Food System                 Vermont regional food system.                                                  The Rubenstein School   Rachel Schattman   rachel.schattman@uvm.edu                                                     The Rubenstein School      Distribution

                                                               This research investigated the notion that by working through innovation
                                                               networks or hubs, groups of Vermonters (e.g., farmers, advocates,
                                                               researchers, utilities, state agencies, community groups, non-profits, etc.)
Center for Sustainable                                         can develop and implement scalable farm energy solutions that will be                                                                                    August 2008 -                                    collaboration;              farm inputs; natural
Agriculture (CSA)            Farm Energy Innovation in Vermont adopted over time by the majority of interested farmers.                                                  Edward Delhagen    ed_delhagen@myfairpoint.net December 2008        Verdana Ventures LLC        greenhouse gas; energy      resources

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         biofuels; Center for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Sustainable Agriculture;
                                                                  This research explores the development of Vermont‘s biofuels market,                                                                                                                                   energy; greenhouse gas;
                                                                  especially on-farm biodiesel production and its role in helping farms       UVM Extension; The                                                                                                         production; The
Center for Sustainable       Developing Standards for             reduce their dependence on fossil fuels and reduce imported                 Sustainable Agriculture                                                                        VT Sustainable Jobs Fund,   Sustainable Agriculture     UVM Projects; Farm
Agriculture (CSA)            Sustainable Biofuels in Vermont      commodities.                                                                Council                    Netaka White                                                        VT Biofuels Association     Council; UVM Extension      Production

                                                             The New Farmer Project works to help beginning farmers (pre-start-up to                                                                                                         NOFA-VT; Intervale Center;
                                                             10 years) develop successful farm businesses. The project takes a whole                                                                                                         USDA-Natural Resources
                                                             farm approach, addressing four inter-related areas of successful farm                                                                                                           Conservation Service
                                                             business development: production knowledge and skills; access to                                                                                                                (NRCS); USDA Farm Service
                                                             productive, affordable farmland; marketing skills and access to markets;                                                                                                        Agency (FSA); Micro
                                                             and business development skills and knowledge, including access to                                                                                                              Enterprise Development
Center for Sustainable                                       capital and credit. The project is developing a broad range of online and                                   Beth Holtzman;                                                      Program; VT Small Business                              farm planning;
Agriculture (CSA) & Women's                                  on-the-ground resources in these areas. Go to                             PSS; CDAE; UVM                    Mary Peabody;                                 December 2009 -       Development Center         producers; skills;           education &
Agricultural Network (WAgN) UVM Extension New Farmer Project http://www.uvm.edu/newfarmer to learn more.                               Extension                         Jessica Schmidt    newfarmer@uvm.edu          December 2011         (VtSBDC)                   education                    outreach

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         CENTER                       PROJECT TITLE                                                SYNOPSIS                                         UVM PARTNERS            CONTACT                  EMAIL             TIMING         COMMUNITY PARTNERS                    Tags            Research Topics

                                                                  Oilseed production in support of food, feed and fuel markets on Vermont
                                                                  farms shows great promise. One challenge is the distribution of necessary
                                                                  equipment to process the oilseeds into more useful forms; oil and meal.
                                                                  Some pioneering farms and groups have purchased oil presses and have
                                                                  constructed or purchased equipment to convert raw oil into biodiesel.
Center for Sustainable                                            But this is the exception. Most farmers will not assume the risk of both
Agriculture (CSA);         A Feasibility Study of a Mobile Unit   producing oilseed crops and attempting to convert them to oil and meal.                                                                                                                       biofuels; energy;
Community Development &    for Processing Oilseed Crops and       Mobile processors are one way to enable this fledgling agricultural                                  Christopher W.                             October 2008 -                                greenhouse gas;           farm productions;
Applied Economics (CDAE)   Producing Biodiesel in Vermont         industry.                                                                                            Callahan; QB Wang   qwang@uvm.edu          September 2011     Callahan Engineering       producers                 farm inputs

Community Development
and Applied Economics                                             Researching farm labor in Vermont, with a particular focus on Hispanic
(CDAE)                                                            labor (although we also interview domestic workers).                                                 Dan Baker           daniel.baker@uvm.edu                                                 labor; international      farm production

                                                                  This project works with small-scale sugarcane producers in Honduras on a
Community Development                                             technology transfer project to increase incomes and reduce
and Applied Economics                                             environmental damage. We also work with producers on value added
(CDAE)                                                            manufacture and marketing.                                                                           Dan Baker           daniel.baker@uvm.edu                                                 international; skills     farm production

Community Development
and Applied Economics                                             Water projects in Honduras focusing on water quality, infrastructure and
(CDAE)                                                            management.                                                                                          Dan Baker           daniel.baker@uvm.edu                                                 international; skills     farm production

Community Development      Profitability and Transitional                                                                                       Qingbin Wang, CDAE;
and Applied Economics      Analysis of Vermont Organic Dairy      This is a study entering its 6th year on assessing the profitability of New   Dennis Kauppila, UVM                                              September 2004 -                              evaluation; organic;      farm production;
(CDAE)                     Farms                                  England and Vermont organic dairy farms.                                      Extension              Bob Parsons         bob.parsons@uvm.edu    September 2010     NOFA-VT                    economics                 retail & Marketing

                           Farmland Access, Succession, and
Community Development      Tenure: Impacts on Small and      A research, education, and outreach program looking at farmland tenure                                                                                                                                                       farm planning;
and Applied Economics      Medium Sized Farms, Land Use, and methods and impact on new farmers, retiring farmers, land use, and the                                                                               September 2007 -                              education; producers;     education &
(CDAE)                     the Environment                   environment.                                                                                              Bob Parsons         bob.parsons@uvm.edu    August 2011        Land For Good              farm transfer             outreach

Community Development                                             Conduct farm transfer/farm business transition education for New                                                                                                                                                        farm planning;
and Applied Economics      Farm Transfer/Business Succession      England farmers. Part of a continuing 5 year education effort through         Deb Heleba, UVM                                                   September 2008 -   Universities of Maine, New farm transfer; education; education &
(CDAE)                     Planning for New England               various funded projects.                                                      Extension              Bob Parsons         bob.parsons@uvm.edu    June 2010          Hampshire, and Connecticut producers                 outreach

Community Development      Essential Step for Survival of the     This project is developing internet-viewed videos to address farm                                                                                                                                                       farm planning;
and Applied Economics      Farm Business: Bringing in the Next    transition and transfer topics to reach those farmers unable to attend        Deb Heleba, UVM                                                   October 2009 -                                farm transfer; education; education &
(CDAE)                     Generation                             educational workshops.                                                        Extension              Bob Parsons         bob.parsons@uvm.edu    September 2010                                producers                 outreach

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Center for Sustainable
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Agriculture, Community    education &
Community Development      Evaluating Vermont Grass-Based                                                                                                                                                                                                       Development & Applied     outreach; farm
and Applied Economics      Livestock Farms and Agricultural       This project is evaluating the impact of grazing and pasture management                                                                         October 2009 -                                Economics, education,     production; UVM
(CDAE)                     Policy                                 education in Vermont.                                                         Jennifer Colby, CSA    Bob Parsons         bob.parsons@uvm.edu    September 2011                                livestock, evaluation     Projects

                           Enhancing the Profitability and
Community Development      Sustainability of Small and Medium- This project is examining the economic and marketability of value added          Bob Parsons, CDAE; Paul
and Applied Economics      Sized Dairy Farms Through Value-    dairy products such as cheese, yogurt, to enhance profitability of smaller       Kindstedt & Catherine                                             January 2010 -                                dairy; market access;     retail/marketing;
(CDAE)                     Added Dairy Products                dairy farms.                                                                     Donnelly, NFS           Qingbin Wang       qwang@uvm.edu          December 2012                                 economics                 processing

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                            The Economic and Environmental
                            Sustainability of Small and Medium
Community Development       Sized Dairy Farms in New England:
and Applied Economics       An Integrated Research/Extension     Vermont is a partner in a regional study looking at sustainability issues for                                                                                                                           dairy; economics; market farm production;
(CDAE)                      Project                              New England dairy farms.                                                                                  Bob Parsons        bob.parsons@uvm.edu        Jan 2010-Dec 2012                               access                   retail & marketing

                                                               This study aims to map the structural relationships among various
                                                               organizations within the information-sharing network of local food
                                                               consumption in Vermont. To examine the extent of organizational
                                                               participation within the network, we will use social network analysis to
                                                               calculate the number of ties, the distance, and the number of paths that
                                                               each organization has with other organizations. The research will also
                                                               investigate the correlates of the centrality of an organization’s position
                                                               within the network, such as an organization’s perceived influence,
Community Development       Information Exchange Network of    perceived trust, commitment to local food movement, motivation to                                                                                         October 1, 2009 -
and Applied Economics       Local Food Promoters in Vermont: A promote the food consumption, frequency to form alliance(s) with others                                                                                   September 30,                                   local food; collaboration; education &
(CDAE)                      Social Network Analysis            and competitive advantage (e.g., capability to obtain outside funding).                                     Tao Sun            tsun@uvm.edu               2010                                            tools                      outreach;

                                                               Conducting a survey of planning policies and regulations in US, Canada,           not directly associated
                                                               and Europe that support open space conservation, agriculture, forestry,           with the Geography                                                                                                                                education &
                                                               tourism in an attempt to inform efforts in Vermont to support working             Dept. or any other        Cheryl Morse                                                      Vermont Council for Rural                             outreach; farm
Department of Geography     Working Landscapes Policy Research landscapes.                                                                       campus units              Dunkley            cmdunkley@gmail.com        Summer 2010         Development                 international; land-use   planning

                                                                 This project examines the ways in which food cultures and practices are
                                                                 transmitted and transformed through processes of migration,
                                                                 resettlement, and return. In particular, it examines the ways in which
                                                                 food plays an important role in the development of diaspora identities in
                                                                 new locations, as a way of retaining a sense of former homes and
                                                                 patterns. With a focus on South Asian diasporic communities, the project
                                                                 also examines the ways in which food knowledge is also carried to                                                                                                                                                                 UVM Projects; New
                                                                 ancestral or putative homes and the ways in which ideas about food and Cheryl Dunkley,                                                                                                                  Anthropology, food        Projects &
                            Migration, Place, Memory, and        cuisine help to reshape and reify multiple landscapes and points of       Geography; Jonah                                                              June 2011 - May                                 culture, Geography,       Collaborations;
Department of Geography     Food Culture                         departure and return.                                                     Steinberg, Anthropology Pablo Bose                 pbose@uvm.edu              2012                                            international             Farm Planning

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Farm planning;
                                                                 PSS 196: The Common Ground Student-Run Educational Farm Club is                                                                                                                                                                   farm production;
                                                                 recognized by the UVM’s SGA. Club members manage three-acres of land                                                                                                                                                              retail/marketing;
                             PSS 196: The Common Ground          at the HRC as a not-for-profit educational endeavor. The club is advised                                                                                March 3, 2010 -                                                           education &
Horticulture Research Center Student-Run Educational Farm Club   by Dr. Yolanda Chen of the Plant and Soil Science Department.            PSS                              Dr. Yolanda Chen   Yolanda.Chen@uvm.edu       November 15, 2010                               education; skills         outreach

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         production, experiment,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Horticulture Research
                             Apple/Grape Team: NE1020 Grape      Planting of 0.5 acre grape trial. This is part of a coordinated trial including                                                                                                                         Center, Plant & Soil      UVM Projects; Farm
Horticulture Research Center Cultivar Trial                      representations from 23 other US states.                                        PSS                       Lorraine Berkett   lorraine.berkett@uvm.edu   2007 - 2017                                     Science                   Production

                                                                 Investigator will provide weekly pest monitoring throughout growing
                                                                 season. Data collected will be used in Extension programs and to develop
                                                                 decision support for orchard maintenance. Farm staff will maintain blocks
                                                                 and will receive proceeds from fruit harvested and sold. Farm staff will                                                                                                                                                          Farm production;
Horticulture Research Center UVM Apple Extension Program         provide harvest labor for fruit in excess of research needs.              PSS                             Lorraine Berkett   lorraine.berkett@uvm.edu   Ongoing                                         production; experiment    farm inputs

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                                                                  Continue Organic orchard project, including maintenance of orchards,                                                                                                                                                               Farm production;
Horticulture Research Center Apple Team: Organic Apple Trials     data collection, spraying, harvest.                                           PSS                       Lorraine Berkett   lorraine.berkett@uvm.edu   Ongoing                                         production; experiment       farm inputs

                                                                  This project is an on-going project which will run for a minimum of 15
                                                                  years (2009 – 2024). The site is evaluated annually by the PI and his
                                                                  summer interns. The project is a collaboration between the American
                                                                  Chestnut Foundation and UVM. Students in PSS 138 Commercial Plant
                                                                  Propagation learn grafting techniques using American Chestnuts and then PSS; PSS 138:
                             American Chestnut Germplasm          the plants are planted at the Hort. Farm for long-term germplasm        Commercial Plant                                                                                  American Chestnut                                        Farm production;
Horticulture Research Center Conservation Orchard                 evaluation.                                                             Propagation                     Mark C. Starrett   Mark.Starrett@uvm.edu      2009-2024           Foundation                  production; experiment       farm inputs

                             Assessing Fusarium Head Blight of                                                                                                                                                          April 2010 -                                                                 Farm production;
Horticulture Research Center Organic Wheat                        The plot area will be seeded by PI and graduate student.                      PSS                       Sid Bosworth       sid.bosworth@uvm.edu       September 2010                                  production; experiment       farm inputs

                                                                  The plot area will be managed and harvested by PI and research                                                                                                                                        production; experiment;      Farm production;
Horticulture Research Center Grass Energy Research                assistants.                                                                   PSS                       Sid Bosworth       sid.bosworth@uvm.edu       2009-2011                                       energy                       farm inputs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Center for Rural Studies,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        collaboration, local food,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Nutrition & Food
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sciences, regional
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        planning, taste of place,    UVM Projects,
                                                                  This is a collaborative effort to do academic research in order to find out                                                                                                                           Vermont Agency of            Retail & Marketing,
Nutrition & Food Science                                          the feasibility of developing a policy and/or regulation in Vermont to                                                                                Through January                                 Agriculture Food &           Distribution,
(NFS)                        Taste of Place Initiative            support and promote place-based foods.                                        CRS                       Amy Trubek         atrubek@uvm.edu            2011                VAAFM                       Markets                      Production

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Henry Marckres, Vermont
Nutrition & Food Science                                          This is a collaborative effort to do sensory research and outreach on the     Dr. Montserrat Almena-                                                  Through November Agency of Agriculture, Food terrior; maple; local food;
(NFS)                        Taste of Place and Maple Syrup       unique sensory properties of Vermont maple syrup.                             Aliste, NFS            Amy Trubek            atrubek@uvm.edu            2011             and Markets                 taste of place              retail/marketing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Craig Metz, Ensave,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Richmond, VT; P.N.Skinner,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            E2G, West Sand Lake, NY;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            John Bartok, Greenhouse
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Energy Specialist, Ashford,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            CT; Chris Conant, Claussen's
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Greenhouses; Natural
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Resources Conservation
                             Novel Approaches to Improve          Two novel greenhouse insulation systems will be tested for their energy       Margaret Skinner, Vern                                                                      Services, ME, NH & VT;
                             Energy Efficiency in Northern New    saving capabilities; Energy audits will be conducted and workshops on         Grubinger, UVM                                                          May 1, 2010 - April Brian Krug, UNH, Durham,                                 education &
Plant & Soil Science (PSS)   England Greenhouses                  energy conservation will be held in ME, NH & VT                               Extension                 Bruce L. Parker    bparker@uvm.edu            30, 2013            NH                           education; energy           outreach

                             Entomopathogenic Fungi and           The efficacy of plant-mediated IPM systems, combining marigold plants         Bruce L. Parker, Jae Su                                                 October 1, 2009 -
                             Predators for IPM of Western         with experimental isolates of insect-killing fungi and predatory mites is     Kim, Vladimir Gouli,                                                    September 31,       Local growers who will      pests; experiment;
Plant & Soil Science (PSS)   Flower Thrips                        being tested for use against thrips in greenhouse crops.                      Svetlana Gouli            Margaret Skinner   mskinner@uvm.edu           2012                serve as test sites.        vegetables; fruit            farm inputs

                             Fungi, Predatory Mites and           The efficacy of plant-mediated IPM systems, combining marigold plants      Bruce L. Parker, Jae Su
                             Guardian Plants for Thrips IPM in    with commercial isolates of insect-killing fungi and predatory mites is    Kim, Vladimir Gouli,                                                       December 2009 -     Jack Mannix, Walker Farm,   pests; experiment;
Plant & Soil Science (PSS)   Organic Greenhouse Ornamentals       being tested for use against thrips in organically grown greenhouse crops. Svetlana Gouli               Margaret Skinner   mskinner@uvm.edu           December 2010       Dummerston, VT              vegetables; fruit            farm inputs

                             Fungi, Predatory Mites and Habitat The efficacy of plant-mediated IPM systems, combining marigold plants           Bruce L. Parker, Jae Su
                             Plants for Thrips IPM in Greenhouse with commercial isolates of insect-killing fungi and predatory mites is        Kim, Vladimir Gouli,                                                    September 1, 2008 Local growers who will        pests; experiment;
Plant & Soil Science (PSS)   Ornamentals                         being tested for use against thrips in greenhouse crops.                       Svetlana Gouli            Margaret Skinner   mskinner@uvm.edu           - August 30, 2011 serve as test sites.          vegetables; fruit            farm inputs

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         CENTER                           PROJECT TITLE                                               SYNOPSIS                                      UVM PARTNERS               CONTACT                 EMAIL                 TIMING           COMMUNITY PARTNERS                     Tags             Research Topics
                               Ecological Management for
                               Sustained Maple Forest Health and      Testing the effect of different management practices on insect and        Margaret Skinner,                                                      September 1, 2008 Several maple syrup         disease; pests maple;
Plant & Soil Science (PSS)     Productivity                           disease damage levels in sugar bushes in three cold hardiness zones.      Donald Tobi              Bruce L. Parker    bparker@uvm.edu            - August 30, 2011 producers in VT, NH and NY. experiment                     farm inputs

                               Evaluation of a fungal biopesticide                                                                                                                                                                                                       disease; fruit;
                               using a new and novel application                                                                                Margaret Skinner, Jae Su                                                                  Mark Whalon, Michigan          experiment; Plant & Soil
                               method in commercial tart cherry       Testing the effect of fungus-treated mats for managing plum curculio in   Kim, Vladimir Gouli,                                                   June 1, 2010 - May State University, East         Science, Michigan State
Plant & Soil Science (PSS)     and apple production                   fruit tree crops                                                          Svetlana Gouli           Bruce L. Parker    bparker@uvm.edu            31, 2011           Lansing, MI                    University; production     farm inputs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Dave Hawthorne
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        (University of Maryland);
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Segura Obdulia Leon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        (Colegio de
                               Origins of pest lineages of Colorado   Genotype pest and non-pest Colorado potato beetles in the US and                                                                                                  Postgraduados); George
Plant & Soil Science (PSS)     potato beetle                          Mexico to identify possible source populations                                                     Yolanda Chen       yolanda.chen@uvm.edu       ################ Roderick (UC Berkeley)           pests                      farm inputs

                               Achieving Adoption of Ecologically-
                               Based IPM and Reducing Pesticide
                               Risks in Cold Climate Winegrape                                                                                                                                                         July 10, 2008 -       Vermont Grape and Wine
Plant & Soil Science (PSS)     Production in Northern New England See website: http://pss.uvm.edu/grape/                                                                 Lorraine Berkett   lorraine.berkett@uvm.edu   March 31, 2011        Council; wine grape growers fruit IPM                  farm inputs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       October 1, 2008 -
                               NE1020 Mulit-State Evaluation of                                                                                                                                                        September 31,         Vermont Grape and Wine
Plant & Soil Science (PSS)     Winegrape Cultivars and Clones         See website: http://pss.uvm.edu/grape/                                                             Lorraine Berkett   lorraine.berkett@uvm.edu   2011                  Council; wine grape growers fruit; production          farm inputs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Vermont apple and wine
                               Specialty Crops - Apple and Grape                                                                                                                                                       December 1, 2009 - grape growers; Vermont
Plant & Soil Science (PSS)     IPM                                                                                                                                       Lorraine Berkett   lorraine.berkett@uvm.edu   October 1, 2012     Agency of Agriculture         IPM; fruit                 farm inputs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       May 1, 2010 - April                               fruit; education;
Plant & Soil Science (PSS)     Apple Research and Extension                                                                                                              Lorraine Berkett   lorraine.berkett@uvm.edu   31, 2011            VTFGA; apple growers          experiment                 farm inputs

                               A Comprehensive, Interdisciplinary                                                                               Lorraine Berkett, Ann
                               Vermont Extension IPM Program                                                                                    Hazelrigg, Margaret                                                                          Various Grower
                               Addressing Stakeholder Priorities                                                                                Skinner, Sid Bosworth,                                                 July 1, 2009 - June   Associations, VT-NOFA, VT
Plant & Soil Science (PSS)     and Needs                                                                                                        Darby, H.                Lorraine Berkett   lorraine.berkett@uvm.edu   30, 2013              Agency of Agriculture      education; IPM              farm inputs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Vermont Tree Fruit
                               Using New Alternatives to Enhance                                                                                                                                                                             Growers Association; apple
                               Adoption of Organic Apple                                                                                        CDAE; Morgan, R.,                                                                            growers; University of
                               Production through Integrated          Project is researching the feasibility and economics of growing organic   Garcia, M. E., Heather                                                 August 1, 2009 -      Maine; University of       economics; experiment;
Plant and Soil Science (PSS)   Research and Extension                 apples in the Northeast. See website: www.uvm.edu/organica                Darby, Bob Parsons       Lorraine Berkett   Lorraine.Berkett@uvm.edu   July 31, 2012         Arkansas                   producers; organic          farm planning

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Tom Gilbert, ED, Highfields
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Center for Composting,
                                                                      We will demonstrate that compost, properly made, will kill disease early                                                                                               Hardwick; Andy Jones,
                                                                      blight inoculum and weed seeds during the composting process, and that                                                                                                 Director of the Intervale
                                                                      the resultant compost can be used to suppress foliar pathogens of                                                                                                      Community Farms,
                                                                      vegetable crops in the field. Both weed seeds and plant pathogens                                                                                                      Burlington; Jodi Lew-Smith,
                                                                      present economic and management challenges to growers, and low-input Ann Hazelrigg & Vern                                                                              Director of Research and                               waste
                               Compost for Management of Plant        methods for addressing these challenges will help to further advance     Grubinger, UVM                                                          April 1, 2010 -       Production, High Mowing                                management; farm
Plant and Soil Science (PSS)   Pathogens and Weed Seeds               sustainable farming practices.                                           Extension                 Deborah Neher      deborah.neher@uvm.edu      March 31, 2012        Organic Seeds, Wolcott      experiment; energy         inputs

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         CENTER                           PROJECT TITLE                                               SYNOPSIS                                          UVM PARTNERS             CONTACT              EMAIL               TIMING          COMMUNITY PARTNERS                      Tags                Research Topics

                                                                    Quantifying the effects of crop rotation and tillage on soil
                                                                    suppressiveness to soybean cyst nematode (Heterodera glycines). Neher                                                                                                Senyu Chen, University of
                               Ecology of Nematode-Suppressive      is responsible for soil community composition and food web structure of                                                                                              Minnesota Southern
                               Soils in Midwest Soybean-Cropping    predaceous, fungivorous and bacterivorous nematodes and microbes                                                                                January 15, 2009 -   Research and Outreach
Plant and Soil Science (PSS)   Systems                              associated with associated with biocontrol agents.                                                     Deborah Neher   deborah.neher@uvm.edu    January 14, 2013     Center                        production; disease; soil    farm inputs

                                                                    Develop economically optimal winter grazing and bedded pack
                                                                    management for enhanced pasture land quality and reduced energy and                                                                                                  Tom Gilbert, Executive
                               Winter Pasture and Bedded Pack       feed costs. Neher's group is responsible for enumerating whole                  Linda Berlin, Jennifer                                                               Director, Highfields Center
                               Management for Vermont Dairy         communities of soil nematodes to genus to compute a maturity index,             Colby, Rachel Gilker, and                                       August 16, 2008 -    for Composting, Hardwick,
Plant and Soil Science (PSS)   Farms                                quantify soil aggregate structure and organic carbon.                           Allen Matthews of CSA Deborah Neher    deborah.neher@uvm.edu    August 15, 2011      VT                            soil; production; animal     farm inputs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         George Abawi (Cornell
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         University); Beth Gugino
                               Training for agricultural service                                                                                                                                                                         (Pennsylvania State
                               providers in the diagnosis, visual   Held 13 workshops over 3 years in the northeast region to train                 Ann Hazelrigg & Vern                                                                 University); James                                         farm inputs;
                               assessment, and management of        agricultural service providers to diagnosis nematode diseases of                Grubinger, UVM                                                  August 16, 2008 -    LaMondia (University of       disease; fruit; vegetable;   education &
Plant and Soil Science (PSS)   plant-parasitic nematodes.           vegetable, berry and fruit crops.                                               Extension              Deborah Neher   deborah.neher@uvm.edu    August 15, 2011      Connecticut)                  production; education        outreach

                                                                    Our primary objectives for this project are to produce a report on the
                                                                    “State of Travel in Vermont”, to update the statewide travel-demand
                                                                    model, and to add new components to the 2010 Vermont Transportation
                                                                    Energy Report, using the Vermont Add-On to the 2009 National
                                                                    Household Travel Survey (NHTS). We intend to use this data set to
                                                                    compile a general report on travel in the state of Vermont, with
                                                                    breakdowns of travel times, distances, purposes, and modes by
                                                                    household demographic and location in the state. In addition, as the
                                                                    party responsible for maintaining and updating the statewide travel-
                                                                    demand model, the TRC intends to conduct basic updates to the model                                                                             Substantial                                        transportation; land-use;
Transportation Research        National Household Travel Survey     (as outlined in the 2007 M.O.U.) with new information from the 2009    Lisa Aultman-Hall &                                                      completion in                                      market access; low-
Center (TRC)                   Vermont                              NHTS Add-On Data for Vermont.                                          Brian Lee, TRC                  Jim Sullivan    James.sullivan@uvm.edu   January 2011                                       income                    food access;

                                                                    The purpose of this project was to provide a comprehensive ranking of
                                                                    the network links for the Chittenden County Regional Transportation
                               Application of the Network           Model using the Network Robustness Index (NRI). Using the results, we
                               Robustness Index to Identifying      can identify specific links that are the most critical to the entire network,                                                                   Substantial          Chittenden County
Transportation Research        Critical Road-Network Links in       considering the most important uses of the network, like passenger              Lisa Aultman-Hall &                                             completion in        Metropolitan Planning         transportation; land-use;
Center (TRC)                   Chittenden County, Vermont           travel, freight, and critical transport.                                        David Novak, TRC       Jim Sullivan    James.sullivan@uvm.edu   December 2010        Organization (CCMPO)          distribution              distribution

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         VT Dept. of Education; VT
                                                                    This program provides free educational support services to children (age                                                                                             Agricultural community;
Vermont Migrant Education      The Vermont Migrant Education        21 and under) of families and individuals that relocate in order to obtain                                                                                           Local public schools;                                      Education &
Program                        Program                              seasonal or temporary employment in agriculture.                                UVM Extension          Erin Shea       erin.shea@uvm.edu        1968 - present       Supervisor Unions             education; youth; labor      Outreach

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         CENTER                  PROJECT TITLE                                            SYNOPSIS                                         UVM PARTNERS              CONTACT                 EMAIL                TIMING        COMMUNITY PARTNERS                    Tags               Research Topics

                                                          This three-year project will empower beginning women farmers in the
                                                          Northeast through teaching them whole farm planning, providing them
                                                          with mentor farmers, engaging key agricultural professionals in the
                                                          region, and instruction in low-cost sustainable farming practices. 80                                                                                                Holistic Management
                                                          women farmers in over six states in the Northeast will be trained and                                                                                                International; John Merck
                                                          mentored from four local beginning farmer centers and farms located in                                                                                               Fund for year one (allowed
                                                          NH, VT, NY, and PA. Additionally, 10 of these farmers will be trained as                              Mary Peabody;                                                  us to expand the initial                                farm planning;
Women's Agricultural   Whole Farm Planning for Women      mentor/trainers for the ongoing success of this whole program. UVM’s         UVM Extension (WAgN      Jessica Schmidt;                            December 2009 -    group from 14 to 20        producers; skills;           education &
Network (WAgN)         Farmers                            WAgN is helping to coordinate the project in Vermont.                        & New Farmer Project)    Beth Holtzman      newfarmer@uvm.edu        December 2012      participants).             education                    outreach

                                                                                                                                                                                                                               NOFA-VT; Intervale Center;
                                                          WAgN has been providing education and technical assistance geared to                                                                                                 USDA Natural Resources
                                                          the needs of women farmers since 1995. We work with established,                                                                                                     Conservation Service
                                                          beginning and aspiring farmers. Through a series of educational, technical                                                                                           (NRCS); USDA Farm Service
                                                          assistance, and networking opportunities, WAgN works to increase the                                                                                                 Agency (FSA); Micro
                                                          number of women owning and operating profitable farms and ag-related                                                                                                 Enterprise Development
                                                          businesses, as well as their profile in leadership positions throughout the                           Beth Holtzman;                                                 Program; VT Small Business                              farm planning;
Women's Agricultural   Women's Agricultural Network       agricultural sectors of business, government and community. Learn more                                Mary Peabody;                               July 2008 - June   Development Center         producers; skills;           education &
Network (WAgN)         (WAgN)                             about WAgN and our offerings at http://www.uvm.edu/wagn.                    UVM Extension             Jessica Schmidt    wagn@vuvm.edu            2010               (VtSBDC)                   education                    outreach

                                                          This project is working is to increase the viability of organic and
                                                          sustainable vegetable farms in the Northeast by helping producers
                                                          acquire and use new management and production skills. The project            UVM Extension, through
                                                          focuses on four topic areas: soil and fertility management, organic insect   the WAgN, is providing   UVM Extension:
                                                          and disease management, on-farm energy management, and marketing,            leadership and           Beth Holtzman;                              July 2009 - June                                                           farm planning;
Women's Agricultural   Integrated Learning Courses for    highlighting current research, on-farm innovations and emerging market       coordination for the     NOFA-VT: Wendy     Beth.holtzman@uvm.edu;   2011: Marketing    NOFA-Vermont is the lead producers; skills;             education &
Network (WAgN)         Vegetable Farmers                  trends.                                                                      Marketing Course.        Sue Harper         wendysue@nofa.org        Course             organization for the project. education                 outreach

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Center for Rural Studies,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           education, Farm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Planning, new farmers,
                                                          This project is working to: 1) educate agricultural professionals about the                                                                                                                      skills, UVM Extension,
                                                          challenges that beginning farmers face; 2) stimulate changes in service                                                                                                                          Vermont New Farmer
                                                          delivery to make it more responsive to beginning farmers' needs; and 3)                                                                                              Member organizations of     Network, Women's            UVM Projects; farm
Women's Agricultural                                      develop a corps of service providers better skilled at assessing                                                                                  July 2008 - June   the Vermont New Farmer      Agricultural Network        planning; education
Network (WAgN)         Focusing on Beginning Farmers      stakeholder needs and using that information to develop programs.           UVM Extension; CRS        Beth Holtzman      Beth.holtzman@uvm.edu    2010               Network.                    (WAgN)                      & outreach
                                                                                                                                      UVM Extension;
                                                                                                                                      Kathleen Liang; Allen
                                                                                                                                      Matthews; Bill                                                                           VT Farms Association; VT    producers; education;
                                                          Research and outreach to support farms involved in agritourism and          McMaster; Mary                                                                           Council on Agricultural and local food; terroir;
Agritourism            Agritourism and Culinary Tourism   culinary tourism.                                                           Peabody                   Lisa Chase         Lisa.Chase@uvm.edu       Ongoing            Culinary Tourism            market access;              Retail/Marketing

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