Vermont Tech Vegetable Production Program
The Vermont Tech Vegetable Production Program seeks to be a hands-on learning experience for students while also providing food to the college and our community. Our goal is to offer hands-on educational opportunities to the college and community as well as creating a closed-loop food system by producing our own food and recycling the waste in our onsite anaerobic digester and compost bins. Our program was developed through a collaboration of both students and faculty, and combines animal, plant, and soil sciences with a knowledge and understanding of business and management. We are currently developing a variety of programs in order to target a wide range of students including high school and college students, post-baccalaureates and those looking for a career change or to be re-trained in the agricultural sciences.
Currently the Vermont Tech garden is only able to utilize the summer growing season. This means that we are only able to supply the college and community with fresh local ingredients during the summer months when the students are no longer on campus. We believe that offering students a year-round growing opportunity will be beneficial to the health of the students and community and will help support farmers by developing and synergizing diverse agriculture operations with the goal of making them stronger all-around competitors in the food production market and more economically sound. We are seeking funds to complete our goal of purchasing tools and seeds for a new unheated greenhouse. Our curriculum would be able to accommodate more students while feeding many more people throughout the entire year with fresh and healthy food. More tools and seeds will help us build a better vegetable production program and its curriculum which will become a tool that the community and the college will benefit from for decades to come.
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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