This database provides access to information on all competitive grants funded by the UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program between 1987 and 2012.

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How to search the database

There are three views you will use to access the database: a search criteria form, a search results listing page, and details page.  The search page presents a form in which to enter criteria that narrow down the database search to only the projects matching your criteria.  When you click the "Search" button of that form, a page will be generated listing all projects matching your criteria.  Each project on the list page has a hyperlink to a details page, which has the complete project summary and other information about that particular project.

Description of the Database Contents

You may search the database on the following terms.  A "glossary" of what these terms mean is provided below.  In particular, some explanation regarding the values contained in some of these database fields may be needed to facilitate your search.

Principal Investigator (PI)

This individual is the project leader and main contact for more detailed information about the project.

Project Summary

Description of project goals, methods, results and impacts. Projects are classified as new (recently funded), in progress (multi-year projects that are still in progress), and final (project completed or final report submitted).

Program Area   

SAREP classifies its funded projects in four main categories:

Crop and Livestock Production

Projects that address production practices in crop and livestock systems either as separate components or in more integrated farming systems projects

BIFS—the Biologically Integrated Farming Systems

Program funds collaborative projects providing extension services, training, and financial incentives for farmers who voluntarily participate in projects to reduce their use of agricultural chemicals

Community Development and Public Policy

Projects that work within the food system to build more sustainable communities, and increase local participation by local citizens; also includes projects addressing critical issues related to food and agricultural policy

Methyl Bromide Alternatives

Projects funded through a special grants program supporting research and implementation of alternatives to methyl bromide

SAREP also provided small grants to support educational events and graduate student projects, but they are not currently included in this database.


This field of the database identifies the particular crops or vegetation that are relevant to a project. The term none designates projects that are not commodity-oriented. The term non-specific is assigned to projects that provide information applicable across a wide range of commodities.

Research Location

This field identifies the county in which the project or research takes place. Note that this may be different from the location of the PI. "Statewide" means that the research was conducted in or generally applicable across many counties. "Not applicable" refers to projects where research location is not relevant to the project results.

Project Topic

Projects are also classified within the following general topical areas: Livestock Systems, Pest Management, Soil Management, Water Management, Integrated Farming Systems, Marketing, Urban Agriculture, Food/Ag Education, Public Policy, Econ/Social Analysis, Food Security/Community Development.  Projects can fall within multiple topical areas.

Organic Relevance

Many of the projects that SAREP funds look at the dynamics of organic production systems. Projects are assigned one of the following categories according to their relevance to organic agriculture: Direct (explicit organic experimental context; practices and materials researched allowed under National Organic Standards Board recommendations); Indirect(experimental context NOT explicitly organic, but practices and materials researched could be directly applied to organic farms); Neutral (project goals and context have no bearing on organic farming).


This field of the database includes references for any publications or educational materials that were based wholly or partially on this project. Please note that several projects funded by SAREP also receive significant funding from other sources.