Contact the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems

​​If you are interested in learning more about CAFS, as a potential student, collaborator, or client, please call us at 802-831-1035.

​​Laurie Ristino, Director

Professor Ristino joined the Vermont Law School faculty in 2013. She is the first director of the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS) and an associate professor of law. As director, she is responsible for CAFS' vision and direction, including curriculum development, teaching, outreach, and advocacy. Professor Ristino is also the faculty advisor to VLS's Food and Agriculture Law Society. [more​]


Laurie Beyranevand is the Senior Faculty Fellow for Food Law and Policy at the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS) and a Professor of Law. She teaches Food Regulation and Policy and Legislation and Regulation and directs several grant funded projects for CAFS. She has served as the faculty advisor to the National Animal Law Moot Court Competition teams, and the ABA Negotiations and Client Counseling Teams.​ [more]

AURORA MOSES, Assistant Professor and Clinical Project Lead

Aurora Moses directs the Food and Agriculture Clinic and teaches a Food and Agriculture clinical seminar. In the clinic she guides students in using law and policy to make food production more just, sustainable, and humane. The clinic is currently developing a handbook that promotes the legal rights of migrant farm workers; Aurora also guides student work around improving animal agriculture. In other semesters the clinic has developed legal tools for farmers’ markets, clarified labels on animal products, and explored ways to facilitate farmland access and transfer, among other projects.​ [more​]