Center for Agriculture and Food Systems

The Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS) has a dual mission: to train the next generation of food and agriculture advocates and entrepreneurs, and to create innovative legal tools supporting the new food movement.

Center for Agriculture and Food Systems, Vermont Law School

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.

The Center For Agriculture and Food Systems: The First Three Years Report

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

Laurie Ristino
Director and Associate Professor of Law