Site preparation for the first phase of renovation at the UVM Miller Farm has begun. This consists of ground preparation and demolition of the free stall barn, the structure that faces Spear Street. Actual construction of a new Instructional Barn will begin later this spring when the weather warms. The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) held a press briefing on February 3rd at the Miller Farm to mark the initiation of the long-awaited renovation. Tom Vogelmann, Dean of CALS, spoke about the exciting and essential facility improvements which will replace worn, out-moded buildings with state-of-the-art farm facilities designed to serve the College's teaching, research and public education needs far into the 21st century. Cooperative for Real Education in Agricultural Management (CREAM) student Carolyn Richardo (UVM '17, Animal Science Major) spoke about the importance of the CREAM program and how construction of a new barn will propel the CREAM program forward in the rapidly advancing dairy industry. (Read Carolyne's speech) Faculty, staff and students then had the opportunity to swing a silver sledgehammer to begin deconstruction of the free stall barn. Help make the new CREAM barn a reality! You can be a part of the future of UVM by naming a barn, room or stall. Invest in the future of the CREAM program and advance the important work of the UVM Dairy Center of Excellence.