Engineering a New Food System

UVM Extension New Farmer Project

It’s a pleasure to be invited to write a post for the New Farmer Project Blog. When I heard last Spring that UVM Extension was seeking an Agricultural Engineer it signaled a real commitment to Vermont agriculture and our food systems to me. Since serving in this role, I have been asked to support Vermont’s food systems through education and outreach programs focused on analysis, design, evaluation and adoption of infrastructure, technology and equipment that meets the needs of food producers and processors.

My initial work has been focused on energy considerations in covered growing (e.g. greenhouses and high tunnels) and post-harvest processing and storage. In both cases, I have had many inquiries from new farmers (and many seasoned farmers as well.)

Biomass boiler with ground heating at Riverberry Farm (Fairfax, VT)

COVERED GROWING – Many of the folks I talk with are building their first greenhouse or high tunnel or are adding to their existing set of houses. 

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