SAREP provides leadership and support for scientific research and education in agricultural and food systems that are economically viable, conserve natural resources and biodiversity, and enhance the quality of life in the state's communities. SAREP serves farmers, farmworkers, ranchers, researchers, educators, regulators, policy makers, industry professionals, consumers, and community organizations across the state.

Program Overview

The UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SAREP) is a statewide program within UC Agriculture and Natural Resources. It was created through the grass roots efforts of organizations and individuals concerned about the environmental impacts of agriculture, the health of rural communities, and the profitability of family farming operations in California. At the request of the California legislature, the University of California established SAREP with three mandates: administer competitive grants for research on sustainable agricultural practices and systems, develop and distribute information through publications and on-farm demonstrations, and support long-term research and sustainable farming systems on UC farmlands.

In 2007, SAREP, the UC Davis Student Farm and Russell Ranch joined to help establish the Agricultural Sustainability Institute at UC Davis, which houses the original three programs and more. To avoid redundancy in the structure and purpose of advisory committees, the Agricultural Sustainability Institute's External Advisory Board serves as the advisory body for UC SAREP. 

Based on our overall mission and the founding legislation, SAREP has two goals:

  • To assist California farmers and ranchers in developing and implementing sustainable production and marketing systems; and
  • To support California's rural and urban communities in understanding the concept and value of sustainable agriculture and participating in sustainable food and agricultural systems.

Learn more about SAREP and its history.

Read a SAREP program review.

Learn more about Sustainable Agriculture.

Contact Information

UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program
University of California
One Shields Ave.
Davis, CA 95616
Telephone: (530) 752-3915
Fax: (530) 754-8550
Email: asi@ucdavis.edu