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COVID-19 Resources for California's Agricultural Community

April 02, 2020

 

 

COVID-19 Shelter-in-Place Direct-from-Farms Food Resources

UC SAREP's Agritourism Program is collecting resources to help consumers purchase directly from local farms and ranches. Click for more...

COVID-19 Resources for Agricultural Employers, Growers, & Farmworkers

The UC Davis Western Center for Agricultural Health & Safety has collected a number of resources in English and Spanish for California's agricultural community. Click for more...

 

In memoriam: Bill Liebhardt, former UC SAREP director

May 13, 2020
In memoriam: Bill Liebhardt, former UC SAREP director

Bill Liebhardt, who led the University of California’s sustainable agriculture programs, died May 5 of complications of Q fever at his home in Davis. He was 84.

Fulbright Scholar Dr. Pavlo Ardonov joins the ASI team

December 04, 2019

Pavlo Ardanov, a research fellow at ASI and the co-founder and leader of Permaculture in Ukraine, an environmental NGO, is a recent recipient of the Fulbright* Scholarship. During his stay, Ardonov is collaborating with Sonja Brodt, Agricultural Sustainability Institute; Robert Hijmans, Department of Environmental Science and Policy.

California elderberries have rich benefits for farms and diets

October 01, 2019

California elderberries have rich benefits for farms and diets

By Jeannette Wernart, UC ANR
Originally posted Oct 1, 2019: https://ucanr.edu/News/?routeName=newsstory&postnum=31440

Native California elderberries can be found at the intersection of sustainable farming, super nutrition and economic viability. Naturally drought tolerant, flavorful and packed with nutrients, they are capturing the interest of farmers, health-conscious consumers and scientists. 

Extension Professionals in California Learn about Uprooting Racism in the Food System 

May 31, 2019

Sustainable agriculture extension is only as effective as the number of people reached and the quality of those interactions. In California, almost a third of farms and ranches are operated by persons of color, and many are recent immigrants, primarily from Latin America and Asia. Are we effectively engaging with those producers so that their communities, too, can benefit from the latest developments in environmentally sound and economically viable farming practices?  

UC SAREP looks into local food sourcing on UC and CSU campuses

August 03, 2018

A project funded by the Global Food Initiative and led by UC SAREP Deputy Director Gail Feenstra, Food Supply Chain Analyst Gwenaël Engelskirchen, and Graduate Student Researcher Li Schmidt is examining local food sourcing at ten UC and CSU campuses to help campuses reach sustainable sourcing goals.

Creating online training for organic specialty crop production in California

June 20, 2018
Sonja Brodt (Coordinator of Agriculture, Resources, and Environment at UC SAREP) and Sara Riegler (UC SAREP Graduate Student Researcher) recently had the opportunity to visit and record field demonstration videos at ALBA in Salinas. The videos, all recorded in Spanish and focused on ALBA farmers\u2019 organic farming practices, will be part of a comprehensive online curriculum geared towards beginner organic farmers in California, a project in collaboration with the Organic Farming Research Foundation.

Yisrael Family Urban Farm partners with UC ANR to teach urban agriculture skills

May 08, 2018
A number of cities in California have recently updated municipal policies to facilitate urban agriculture, due to strong community interest. A team of UC Cooperative Extension farm advisers, specialists and others, including UC SAREP, are working with local partners in four California urban regions, offering a series of workshops to help urban farmers address challenges they face in zoning, soil, water access, and profitability.

ASI in California Journal

November 14, 2017

Read about our work in student experiential learning, helping build market opportunities for small farmers, and long term agricultural research in the current issue of California Agriculture

In 2014, UC President Janet Nopalitano launched the UC Global Food Initiative with a goal we believe in strongly. Nopalitano describes her goal of the GFI to "harness the university's vast resources and expertise to find...innovative, scalable solutions to food-related problems in the world." 

Collabatition

September 07, 2017

A new network of food hubs looks past competition to help each other succeed

In today's food system, large scale food distribution has become the standard way food moves from farm to market.  The system works well to feed a lot of people, and has allowed us to eat tomatoes in December and send produce far distances while keeping it fresh. But the system is not without its sacrifices.

Heavy rains make the benefits of cover crops clear

March 14, 2017

Recent rainstorms demonstrate the importance of cover crops in maintaining soil surface conditions and preventing runoff.

Tony Rolfes, State Soil Scientist, USDA-NRCS, Davis, CA

Sonja Brodt, Academic Coordinator, UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program