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"VLGS was a place where I could indulge my passion for food and health when the notion of being a food law attorney seemed far-fetched. And for that I will be forever grateful."

– Carrie Scrufari LLM'16, Associate General Counsel, Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

"The staff at the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems are experts in their fields and also wonderful people to work with and learn from."

–Alyssa Hartman MFALP’19, Executive Director, Artisan Grain Collaborative

"VLGS attracts a vibrant community of scholars, advocates, and legal practitioners that work within niche fields of environmental, land use, social justice, and food and agriculture law that serve as your professors, mentors, and fellow students. It was honestly shocking to realize how quickly my professors turned into close collaborators in the professional field."

–Lauren Wustenberg JD/MFALP'21, Counsel, US Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry

Our alumni have gone on to work for:

  • AgriEcology Services
  • American Farmland Trust
  • Artisan Grain Collaborative
  • California Certified Organic Farmers
  • Columbia Center for Sustainable Investment
  • Corn Refiners Association
  • Conservation Law Foundation
  • Dunkiel Saunders
  • Duquesne University School of Law
  • Department of New York State
  • Environmental Working Group
  • Farm Commons
  • Food Connects
  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • Food Tank
  • Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic
  • Sustainable Nantucket
  • Langrock Sperry & Wool LLP
  • Maine Farmland Trust
  • Mars
  • National Farm to School Network
  • National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
  • National Young Farmers Coalition
  • Organic Farming Research Foundation
  • Rural Vermont
  • US Senate Agriculture Committee
  • Slow Food Charleston
  • Vermont Agency of Agriculture
  • United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization
  • United Natural Foods, Inc.
  • and many more.


Meet CAFS Alumni

Visit the Vermont Law and Graduate School blog to learn more about how some of our alumni are putting their food and agricultural law and policy expertise to use. 

headshotEsther Akwii LLM'20

While earning her LLM through a fellowship at the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems, Esther Akwii LLM'20 helped pilot a range of projects in partnership with organizations across the US. She went on to work with the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic, and is now a Legal Researcher at the Columbia Center for Sustainable InvestmentLearn more »

headshotAlyssa Hartman MFALP'19

As the Executive Director of the Artisan Grain Collaborative, this VLGS alumna channels her Master’s in Food and Agricultural Law and Policy to bolster staple crop supply chains in the Upper Midwest. Learn more »

headshotMcKenna Hayes MFALP'16

One of the first students to enroll in the Master of Food and Agricultural Law and Policy degree at VLGS, McKenna Hayes MFALP’16 is now Food Hub Director at Food Connects, a nonprofit delivering local food, educational programs, and consulting services to the local Vermont food system. Learn more »

headshotEmily Lyons JD'14

Working in private practice in Washington, DC, this alumna focuses on food regulation while staying true to her farming roots. Learn more »

headshotGordon Merrick JD'20

Gordon N. Merrick JD’20 currently serves as Policy & Programs Manager for the nonprofit Organic Farming Research Foundation, an organization focused on advancing organic agriculture through scientific research. Learn more »

headshotEva Moss MFALP'16

After graduating from Vermont Law School's Master of Food and Agriculture Law and Policy program, Eva Moss moved to North Carolina and founded Heartstrong Farm. In addition to running the no-till flower-growing business, she provides legal education services for sustainable farmers as Education Program Director at Farm CommonsLearn more »

headshotCarrie Scrufari LLM'16

Carrie Scrufari arrived at Vermont Law School in 2014 as a Food and Agriculture LLM Fellow. Now she's an Associate General Counsel for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)Learn more »

headshotLauren Wustenberg JD/MFALP'21

A joint degree student in both the Juris Doctor and Master of Food and Agriculture Law and Policy (MFALP) programs, Lauren Wustenberg now serves as Counsel on the Majority Staff for the US Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry under Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI). Learn more »