More news from our land-grant partners

Posted: January 18, 2014

Post-Oil City workshops held at UDC; Dollar Enterprise wins Best Practices award; New York-based 'Farm Hub' to train new crop of local growers; New UNH outreach program helps unemployed find work; UVM hosts two-day food system "hackathon"; WVU partners with Bob's Market to offer diversified agriculture training.

Post-Oil City workshops held at the University of the District of Columbia

How will the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy affect the process of urban planning and the city? How can we envision the post-oil city of the future? What does such a city look like? These were some of the questions explored in “Post-Oil City: The History of the City’s Future,” an international planning and landscape architecture exhibition presented by the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) of the University of the District of Columbia and the Goethe-Institut Washington. Read more about the workshops and see a video here.

Dollar Enterprise wins Best Practices award 

The Dollar Enterprise program at the University of Vermont won the Best Practices Award at the 2014 Small Business Institute (SBI) Conference, Feb 13-15 in Las Vages, Nevada. The SBI Best Practices Award recognizes New entrepreneurial curriculum; New or innovative classroom delivery; Innovations in attracting and maintaining clients; Promoting entrepreneurship across the curriculum; Superior outcomes from existing programs, etc. Read more about the program and the award here.

New York-based ‘Farm Hub’ to train new crop of local growers 

Under the direction of the Local Economies Project, a 1,255 acre farm in Ulster County, New York, is slated to become "the largest farm hub and incubator in the country." Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County will collaborate on the farm hub's programming efforts. Read a news story about the initiative here.

Pathway to work: New outreach program helps put New Hampshire's unemployed back on the job

 The New Hampshire Small Business Development Center, an outreach program of the University of New Hampshire Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics , has partnered with New Hampshire Employment Security to offer the Pathway to Work program. The program allows eligible out-of-work residents to start their own businesses while continuing to receive unemployment benefits.

Read more about the Pathway to Work program here. 


Vermont tech experts and food system thinkers collaborate during two-day "hackathon" 

 In combination with the winter conference of Vermont’s Northeast Organic Food Association (NOFA-VT) held earlier this month, the University of Vermont and Code BTV co-sponsored a two-day food systems "hackathon." The event was organized to address the question, "how can technology help Vermont's food system?"

Software developers and other tech experts had the opportunity to learn about the problems faced by food system stakeholders and to develop ideas for technological solutions to these problems.

Read a UVM story about the event here.

West Virginia University and Bob's Market join forces to offer diversified agriculture training

West Virginia University at Parkersburg and Bob's Market and Greenhouses, Inc., will collaborate to offer a cooperative education program that allows students to be paid while earning a 30-hour degree certificate in diversified agriculture. "I believe strongly in the local foods movement," said Program Coordinator Hans Straight. "We want to train current and future food producers for our region. We also want to prepare students to enter the workforce and excel at agriculture-related jobs."

Read more about the collaboration here.