Will Gowen '11 was recently interviewed on the WCAX (the local CBS affiliate in Burlington) talk show "The :30" about his participation in the Farmer Training Program at the University of Vermont, a six-month certificate program in sustainable agriculture. The program gives students opportunities to learn from local farmers and to experience managing their own growing sites. Students oversee “every component of growing” on a three acre plot and then sell vegetables every Tuesday at an on-campus farm stand. They also sell vegetables wholesale to Sodexo, UVM's Dining Hall Service, and have an 11-person CSA.
Gowen says he "wanted something more" after graduating from Hamilton, but did not want simply to apprentice or intern at a farm. At UVM, he found the shared experiential learning experience he was looking for, as well as a "vibrant local food movement."
Next year, Gowen plans to begin a small, two to three acre, organic diversified vegetable farm on his grandparents' land in Acworth, NH.
At Hamilton, Gowen majored in Anthropology and minored in Africana Studies. He was a member of HAVOC, Urban Service Experience, Cornhill Youth Soccer, Hamilton Environmental Action Group, Woollcott Cooperative, and the Community Farm