Grow your future.

Venture Semester is a life-changing gap year experience in food, farming, and leadership.

A leader in the nation’s farm-to-plate movement, Vermont ranks first in its commitment to raising and eating locally grown food, making it the ideal place to learn about food systems.

From seed to plate, from calf to milk, Venture Semester allows young adults to discover every aspect of food. They learn from farmers, expert teachers, and agricultural leaders what it really takes to produce the meals we eat every day. No prior farming experience is needed.

Venture is a very different kind of learning experience. Traditional study, often considered academic in nature, is indistinguishable from a hard day’s work, a hike in the Green Mountains, kayaking in Lake Champlain, or fishing in a mountain stream.

Participants learn as much about themselves and their place in the world as they do about food systems and agriculture.

In keeping with VYCC’s time-tested model, participants live, learn, and adventure together as a crew guided by Crew Leaders. The crew and Crew Leaders live on the Farm at VYCC, in yurts surrounded by forest, open pastureland, and vegetable fields. All crews have access to modern amenities: bathrooms, showers, kitchens, cell service, and Wi-Fi. In this seed-to-plate experience, the crew cooks and eats together every day.


2017 SESSIONS

4-week Summer Session:
Friday, July 14 through Friday, August 11
8-week Fall Session:
Friday, September 8 through Friday, November 3


Learn more about the Venture Semester gap program.