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We learn from a student-run garden, we depend on local resources, and we reach out to other communities to educate ourselves and others about food systems around the world.

<p>The Knoll at Middlebury College with Bicentennial Hall in the background.</p>

Middlebury Receives Grant for New Perennials Project

Posted on September 10, 2019

The multiyear initiative, supported by the Rockefeller Family Fund, aims to reimagine food systems and education.

<p>Middlebury President Laurie Patton has joined fellow higher education leaders in signing a call to action to confront the impact of global climate change.</p>

Middlebury Joins “Call to Action for Accelerating Equitable and Just Climate Solutions”

Posted on February 27, 2019

President Laurie Patton is a signatory on the statement written by higher education leaders calling for unprecedented action to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.

<p>Food and Garden Educator Megan Brakeley ’06 (left) supervises the crew during the active three seasons of the year. Crew members include (top left clockwise): Raine Ellison ’19, Theo Henderson ’20, Micah Raymond ’21, and Thibault Lannoy ’20.</p>

Knoll Interns Dig into Food Systems and Summer Harvest

Posted on July 18, 2018

Students embrace the daily complexities of running a small farm as they grow produce for the local food shelf and campus dining.

Reusable Container Program

The reusable container program (called go/to-go) in the dining halls is designed to reduce waste while still promoting a safe, healthy, and convenient to-go meal option when you are not able to take your meal in the Dining Hall. Please limit use of the container to one trip through the line or salad bar per visit. 

Molly Anderson on 'Why the Global Food System is Literally Killing Us'

Posted on February 6, 2018

Professor of food studies recommends investing in publicly funded research.

<p>Volunteers at The Knoll recently constructed a meditative labyrinth, located adjacent to the College's gardens.</p>

Building a Labyrinth

Posted on October 3, 2017

A new short video highlights the recent construction of a meditative labyrinth adjacent to the College gardens.

<p>Student workers at The Knoll harvest some late-summer annual flowers.</p>

College Garden Celebrates 15 Years and a New Name

Posted on September 13, 2017

"The Knoll" is celebrating several new additions, including a pizza kitchen, educational and serenity gardens, and a meditative labyrinth.

<p>Students practice slicing fresh, raw salmon for a soba lunch they helped prepare at a local farm in Tenryu-mura Japan.</p>

Service Learning Trip Takes Students to Urban and Rural Japan

Posted on August 10, 2017

The four-week immersion course was a joint project of the College and International Christian University, which hosts Middlebury’s School in Japan.

<p>Students from Middlebury's School of the Environment spent a week in Washington, D.C. this summer, engaging with communication, policy, and leadership at the federal level.</p>

School of the Environment Visits D.C. for a ‘Policy Master Class’

Posted on August 3, 2017

Students traveled to the capital for a busy week of meetings with federal policy and communication experts.

Fundamentals of Design: Permaculture and Regenerative Agriculture

Friday, February 24, 2017 - 4:30pm to 6:30pm

Axinn 219

Workshop with Jon Turner of Wild Roots Farm

90% of mistakes can be prevented with an efficient design. This workshop will give you an understanding of different ways to view the landscape and how the site can influence a successful design. We will discuss permaculture principles and how to apply them to this process, while also providing case studies of the effectiveness of ecological design.

Middlebury Reaches 2016 Carbon Neutrality Goal

Posted on December 8, 2016

Biomass plant and land preservation help push Middlebury past target in an ambitious multiyear effort.

Screening of American Outrage and Discussion with Molly Anderson

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

MBH 220

The documentary film American Outrage will be screened at 7:00p followed by a brief lecture and discussion on food and water security with Professor Molly Anderson.  Co-sponsored by Chellis House, ISO, and FAM.

For more info, check out the FaceBook event page:

Note: This fundraiser does not benefit Middlebury College. Donations are not tax-deductible.

<p>Students assist customers at the Middlebury Foods September pick-up at Mary Hogan Elementary School.</p>

The Upstart Start-up Middlebury Foods (video)

Posted on October 17, 2016

A student-run nonprofit hopes to change the food system by selling fresh food at deep discounts to the local community.

Farmworker Food Security in the Northern Borderlands: Howard E. Woodin ES Colloquium Series

Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm

Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest, Orchard Room

Teresa Mares, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Vermont

This talk examines household food access among Latino/a dairy workers in Vermont, the majority of whom have migrated in recent years from central and southern Mexico. As a border state with an active presence of Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, many of the same fears, anxieties, and dangers that are connected to the southern border are reproduced in the state of Vermont; with significant consequences for food security, diet-related health, and the overall well-being of migrant workers.

<p>The quality of the soil is the foundation upon which Mark Kimball has built Essex Farm.</p>

School of the Environment Students Tour "Full-Diet CSA" Farm

Posted on July 11, 2016

We spent a day with students learning about the complex systems of modern farming at Essex Farm on Lake Champlain.

Food Matters

Posted on June 29, 2016

Larry Childs ’81 recalls the dawn of a food movement at Middlebury.

<p>Diane Munroe has won the 2016 Engaged Educator Award from Vermont Campus Compact.</p>

Diane Munroe Wins Vermont Engaged Educator Award

Posted on May 16, 2016

Munroe honored for her work connecting Middlebury students and faculty with community partners around the state.

ENVS 401 Senior Seminar Presentations

Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 12:30pm

Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest, Orchard Room

ENVS 401 Projects with Professor Molly Anderson's students:
•    An Exploration of Energy Innovations and Implications of the Proposed Carbon Pollution Tax for the Vermont Maple Industry
•    Alternative Heating Sources in Vermont Greenhouses
•    Vermont Food Rescue Toolkit
•    Water Quality & Tile Drainage Within Addison County

The Silver Bullet is on Your Plate: Behavior Design and Food Choice

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 12:30pm

Coltrane Lounge, Adirondack House

Jason Scorse, Associate Professor at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, will talk about how environmental and health policy professionals are beginning to use the profound insights of behavior design to help nudge people to healthier and more sustainable food choices, because it turns out that many of the older theories of change don't fully account for human psychology and sociology. What makes people actually change their behavior is both more complex and at the same time simpler than many people think. Given that food choice is the single greatest determinant of greenhouse gases and that medical costs are the major driver of long-run government debt, getting to people to eat healthier should be a priority; it is truly the silver bullet we have been waiting for.  Scorse serves as Director for Center for the Blue Economy and Program Chair of International Environmental Policy at the Institute.

12:15p – Locally sourced vegan lunch available!  RSVP to

The United Tables of Italy: Pellegrino Artusi and the Unification of Italy in the Kitchen

Friday, May 6, 2016 - 12:15pm

Robert A. Jones Conference Room

This International and Global Studies Colloquium presentation will be given by Sandra Carletti, professor of Italian at Middlebury. Food has played an important role in shaping Italian identity, but was Italian food Italian before there was an Italy? In 1891, thirty years after the official unification of Italy, Emilia-Romagna's native Pellegrino Artusi published La Scienza in cucina e l’arte di mangiar bene (Science in the Kitchen and the Art of Eating Well). Professor Carletti will discuss how this iconic, 600-pages cookbook became a turning point in the history of Italian cooking, establishing a national culinary canon and a common culinary language for the newly unified country. Lunch is free for current Middlebury College students/faculty/staff; suggested $5 donation for others; RSVP by 5/3 to

Earth Day BBQ Serves Up Salmon from Middlebury Alum

Posted on April 23, 2016

This Friday the campus will celebrate Earth Day with a barbeque that is set to include salmon from Middlebury College class of 2006’s Elma Burnham.

Let them Eat Grape Leaves: Food and Moral Economies in Greece

Monday, April 18, 2016 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Robert A. Jones Conference Room

This talk will be given by David Sutton, who has authored three books and edited two on issues of food and culture, drawing extensively from his fieldwork in Greece. His work has focused on food and memory, as well as cooking and the senses, and food and economy, particularly its relationship to the politics of austerity. David teaches at Southern Illinois University.

Film Screening: Deli Man + Q&A with Producer/Director Erik Greenberg Anjou ’83

Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Dana Auditorium

This documentary focuses on Ziggy Gruber, who co-owns a large deli in Houston and is also the grandson of the original owner of the Rialto Deli, the first Kosher deli to open on Broadway in New York City in the 1920s. The deliis the main love in this man's life. While the film also covers other famous Jewish delis in Manhattan, Queens, Los Angeles and San Francisco and their histories, the emphasis is on the cultural aspects of the food and how the culture and the desire for this food is disappearing. There were once thousands of these delis and now there's fewer than 150 left in the entire U.S. Such luminaries as Larry King, Jerry Stiller, Fyvush Finkel, Freddie Roman and Alan Dershowitz as well as various deli owners express their love for the culture and the food. Co-sponsored by Middlebury College Hillel; the Departments of Film and Media, Sociology/Anthropology, and Jewish Studies; Havurah; and The Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious Life.

<p>Panelist Patricia Stapleton contrasted the EU's approach to GMOs to that of the U.S.</p>

Rohatyn Center's Annual Conference Examines Food Insecurity

Posted on March 15, 2016

Over the course of three days, 17 scholars presented research and findings on the politics and culture of food systems today.

A Small Good Thing: Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Dana Auditorium

"A Small Good Thing" is a film about the next American dream to live a more wholehearted, connected life. The film asks whether we can change our larger goals as a nation and learn from the rest of the world about the small truths that are the sources of human happiness. Can our dreams serve as a conduit for the developing world’s financial well-being? The film explores how working in small but meaningful ways, we can overcome obstacles to happiness – the isolation of suburban comfort as well as the despair of poverty – to create joy for ourselves and others. There will be a Q & A afterwards with Bill McKibben and others from the film. Click here for more information

Shift in Perspective: Observing Food Systems

Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm

Woodin Colloquium presented by Jon Turner, owner of Wild Roots Farm in Bristol, VT and President of the Farmer Veteran Coalition of Vermont

Middlebury Entrepreneurship Featured on PBS NewsHour

Posted on December 18, 2015

The 8-minute feature story explores the role of entrepreneurship in a traditional liberal arts setting.

Physics Professor Rich Wolfson Reacts to Paris Climate Agreement

Posted on December 15, 2015

Wolfson, who teaches about global warming and climate change at Middlebury, says the agreement is a good start that will hopefully lead to more progress in the near future.

Students Advise Lawmakers on Implications of Carbon Tax

Posted on December 10, 2015

Ten Environmental Studies students presented their findings about the proposed tax to state officials in Montpelier.

New Middlebury Program Pairs Students Abroad with Local Organizations to Address Sustainability Challenges

Posted on December 3, 2015

Three Middlebury Schools Abroad sites will serve as the pilot locations for the new initiative ­­– the Middlebury Global Partnerships in Sustainability.