Center for Agriculture and Food Systems

The Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS) is dedicated to creating food systems that are more sustainable, just, and humane.

We do this by training law and policy leaders, designing innovative legal and policy tools, and generating creative ideas to advance progress and inspire change.

CAFS trains students through a comprehensive array of residential and distance learning courses and a Food and Agriculture Clinic. VLS offers a JD Certificate in Food and Agriculture, and both Master's and LLM degrees in Food and Agriculture Law and Policy. CAFS' diverse course offerings, law clinic and degree options make it the most comprehensive sustainable food, agriculture, and environmental law graduate program in the country.

CAFS is also a center for advocacy. Beyond the classroom, CAFS faculty and students collaborate with local, regional, national, and international partners to produce legal tools that advance smart market and policy initiatives geared toward improving the food system and its impact on the environment, public health, local economies, food security, and animal welfare. CAFS creates legal tools for an array of food system stakeholders, including farmers, food producers, food entrepreneurs, consumers, legislators, administrators, and health care professionals.

CAFS’ dynamic curriculum and trans-disciplinary, collaborative advocacy reflect its core belief that complex food system problems require creative, systemic solutions.

If you are interested in learning more about CAFS, please call us at 802-831-1035.

Laurie Ristino
Director and Associate Professor of Law