Sustainable agriculture and food systems can encompass numerous topics and research areas from across disciplines. UC SAREP uses a definition of sustainable agriculture that integrates three goals: environmental health, economic profitability, and social and economic equity.

This definition was used to guide the creation of a rubric to systematically select programs for the UC Programs | Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems directory. Our brief guidelines for including these programs are below. Programs interested in being added to the directory should review these guidelines, then submit a request for addition to the directory.

Selection Rubric for the UC Directory of Programs in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems

Is this a UC program?

Criteria: must be a program

Our definition of a program: A  planned  and  structured  collection  of  activities,  administered  within  the  UC  system,  which  has  a   stated  goal  of  addressing  one  or  more  themes  or   topics  within sustainable  agriculture  or  food  systems,   and  is  open-­‐ended  in  time

Is this program involved in agriculture and/or food systems?

Criteria: must satisfy at least one

☐  Agriculture: Production of food; up to farm-gate

☐  Food: Processing, distribution, consumption; from farm-gate to end use/disposal

Can this program be defined as one of the following?

Criteria: must satisfy at least one

☐ Research

☐ Outreach

☐ Experiential Learning

Does this program approach its work with sustainability as a goal or important consideration?

Criteria: must satisfy at least two

☐  social: education, community development, health and nutrition, justice, equity, labor, governance, immigration

☐  environmental: climate, ecosystems, natural resources

☐  economic: markets, institutions, economy, farm competitiveness