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Urban Agriculture Impacts: Social, Economic, and Health:  A Literature Review
Sheila Golden

This literature review summarizes the social, economic and health impacts discussed in the literature.  It was written from the literature included in Urban Agriculture Impacts: Social, Economic, and Health: An Annotated Bibliography.  It is meant to be a synthesis of the most commonly cited impacts.

Find more UC SAREP resources on urban agriculture.
A Research and Outreach Agenda for Agricultural Workers in California
Ron Strochlic, Principal Investigator
Thea Rittenhouse, Graduate Student Researcher
Greenhouse gas and energy footprint (Life cycle assessment) of California Almond Production
ASI-affiliated faculty member Alissa Kendall, UC SAREP Academic Coordinator Sonja Brodt, Elias Marvinney, Weiyuan Zhu, Juhong Yuan
2012 Report to Almond Board of California
Integrating local agriculture into nutrition programs can benefit children's health
UC SAREP's Gail Feenstra, Rachel E. Scherr, Rachel J. Cox, Sheri Zidenrberg-Cherr
California Agriculture, Janaury-March 2013
Nitrogen use in California: Assessing the data, trends and a way forward

Tom Tomich, former ASI post-doctoral fellows Todd Rosenstock and Dan Liptzin and ASI affiliated Faculty member Johan Six
California Agriculture, March 2013
Payments for Environmental Services: Evolution toward efficient and fair incentives for multifunctional landscapes

ASI director Tom Tomich collaborated on this article published in the Annual Reviews for Environment and Resources.   The article assesses payments for environmental services, how they affect social norms, land use planning, individual rights, and other factors.  The article asserts that PES concepts need to adapt, and offers hypotheses for wider testing for new models and 'no-regrets' recommendations for practitioners. 
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Carbon Footprint and air emissions inventories for US honey production: case studies

The primary purpose of this study is to estimate the life cycle greenhouse gas emissions (carbon footprint) and criteria pollutant emissions during honey production and processing for US conditions based on several case studies of different scale beekeeping and processing operations.  The lifecycle assessment takes into account the two products created from commercial beekeeping-- both honey and pollination services. Read the abstract.

To accompany this publication, the authors created a carbon calculator for beekeepers and honey producers.  Learn more about the calculator here.  
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A Practitioner's Guide to Resources and Publications on Food Hubs and Values-Based Supply Chains

Demand for local food 'with a farmer's face on it' is on the rise, and many new efforts to increase access to such foods are being explored and attempted.  Considerable attention has been focused on building the capacity of wholesale channels moving product differentiated by values-based attributes, such as local, farm, or ranch identity, environmentally sustainable production practices, fair trade, or others.   

This paper is a literature review synthesizing some of the recent reports, analyses, and how-to manuals and practical case studies geared towards practitioners working to develop values-based supply chains or similar marketing channels.   
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Assessing the San Diego County Food System: Indicators for a more food secure future

This assessment is the product of collaboration among a unique coalition of governmental, public health, social service, environmental and agricultural experts from throughout San Diego County and is intended to serve as a catalyst for community based policy change.  In particular, the goal of this document is to examine the overall viability of the food system in San Diego County and, in so doing, to identify key steps necessary to strengthen the foundation for a thriving local food system.    
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Food Hubs and Values Based Aggregation and Distribution: A Toolkit for California Farmers and Ranchers

This report describes the variety of new values-based supply chains (sometimes called “food hubs”) in California and helps farmers and ranchers better understand the benefits and constraints of these new marketing opportunities so they can decide if and how they should participate. We provide an overview of benefits and considerations for producers participating in different types of models. We also suggest some questions a producer might want to ask before participating in a particular enterprise. We hope that this effort will shed some light on the growing world of values-based supply chain enterprises so that farmers, ranchers, and consumers can all benefit. 
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Effective monitoring of agriculture: a response

ASI Director Tom Tomich collaborated with many other authors to publish this new article for the Journal of Environmental Monitoring.  The article expands on existing research questions to propose an agricultural monitoring network that measures the three pillars of sustainability (environmentally sound, socially responsible, and economically viable).  The authors argue that an effectively integrated monitoring system will ultimately allow scientists and land managers alike to find solutions to the most pressing problems facing global food security.  

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Community Supported Agriculture is thriving in the Central Valley

Community Supported Agriculture operations (CSAs) have grown rapidly in recent years.  The original model, in which members support a farming operation by paying for produce in advance and receive a share of the farm's produce in return, has been adapted, with much innovation.  Little research has existed on CSAs in the Central Valley, and this article surveyed 54 CSA farmers and two CSA organizers to gain a better understanding of the CSA models, economic viability, farmer characteristics and farm attributes of farms in the area.

The article, written by ASI affiliated faculty Ryan Galt and graduate students Libby O'Sullivan, Jessica Beckett, and Colleen Hiner was recently published in California Agriculture (a publication of UC ANR). 

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Developing Values-Based Distribution Networks to Enhance the Prosperity of Small and Medium Sized Producers: California Case Studies
Summary and Key Findings

This document summarizes key findings from our values-based supply chain case studies. This project examines the financial, government regulations, industry business practices and entrepreneurial factors that influence the development of emerging distribution networks embedded in values-based supply chains. 

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Developing Values-Based Distribution Networks to Enhance the Prosperity of Small and Medium Sized Producers
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This project examines the financial, policy and entrepreneurial factors that influence the development of emerging distribution networks embedded in food-based value chains. Such networks can enhance the sustainability of small- and medium-scale producers, in the broadest sense, by addressing their environmental, economic and social concerns through a focus on cooperation, to gain economies of scale in marketing services, efficiencies in common distribution activities and building food system communities.

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Case study on potential agricultural responses to climate change in a California landscape

ASI Director Tom Tomich co-authored a new article in Climatic Change discussing the potential adaptation and mitigation that can drive agricultural responses to climate change.  Agriculture in the Central Valley of California, one of the USA's main sources of fruits, nuts, and vegetables, is highly vulnerable to climate change impacts in the next 50 years.  This interdisciplinary case study in Yolo County shows the urgency for building adaptation strategies to climate change.  Potential responses by growers include changes in crop taxa, irrigation methods, fertilization practices, tillage practices, and land use.  On a regional bases, planning must consider the vulnerability of agricultural production and the tradeoffs associated with diversified farmlands, drought, flooding of cropland, loss of habitat for wild species of concern, and urbanization. 

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Informing UC Davis Curriculum Development: A Delphi study of sustainable agriculture stakeholders

While developing the curriculum for the new undergraduate major in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems, UC Davis faculty and graduate students conducted a study to garner broadly based advice from people in the field of agriculture and agricultural education.  To do this, a web-based Delphi survey was conducted to determine what content, experiences, and skills are necessary for graduates of a sustainable agriculture undergraduate major.  Now, with the SA&FS major underway, the survey serves as a valuable tool for others developing curriculum around sustainable agriculture. 

Energy Intensity of Agriculture and Food Systems
Annual Review of Environment and Resources

SAREP's Sonja Brodt is a contributing author for a new article in the Annual Review of Environment and Resources.  The relationships between energy use in food systems, food system productivity, and energy resource constraints are complex. Moreover, ongoing changes in food production and consumption norms concurrent with urbanization, globalization, and demographic changes underscore the importance of energy use in food systems as a food security concern. The article reviews the current state of knowledge with respect to the energy intensity of agriculture and food systems and highlights key drivers and trends in food system energy use along with opportunities for and constraints on improved efficiencies.

The Annual Review of Environment and Resources provides a complimentary one-time access to this article as a PDF, downloadable from their website

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Agroecology: A Review from a Global-Change Perspective

ASI and SAREP staff and affiliated UC Davis faculty formed a multidisciplinary team to map key components of agroecology.  The article conceptualizes the future of agroecology as a discipline and seeks to identify forward-looking scientific questions to enhance the relevance of agroecology for the key challenges of mitigating environmental impacts of agriculture while dramatically increasing global food production, improving livelihoods, and thereby reducing chronic hunger and malnutrition over the coming decades.

The Annual Review of Environment and Resources provides a complimentary one-time access to this article as a PDF, downloadable from their website

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School Food Learning Lab in Saint Paul, Minnesota: A case study of procurement change in action

School Food Focus (FOCUS) is a national collaborative that leverages the knowledge and procurement power of large school districts to make school meals nationwide more healthful, regionally sources, and sustainably produces.  This report created by SAREP analyzes the food supply and demand changes in food procurement practices, and documents the process, including results and lessons learned from a case study in the Saint Paul, Minnesota school district.

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With the generous support from USDA Rural Development, SAREP has compiled an extensive annotated bibliography on food hubs and values-based supply chains. 

The bibliography includes academic literature, reports and publications from non-profits and research firms, and articles in USDA publications and trade journals.  This resource is part of an ongoing SAREP project, also funded by USDA Rural Development, to provide tools and resources to California farmers and ranchers on this new and emerging field of values-based aggregation and distribution. 

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Context Matters: Visioning a Food Hub in Yolo and Solano Counties

A new report created for the Ag and Food Alliance examines the plausibility of creating a food hub in Yolo and Solano Counties. The UC Davis research team explored recent trends in food hubs across the country and conducted a food system assessment of the two counties. 

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A new report by Assistant Professor Ryan Galt and graduate students Jessica Beckett, Colleen Hiner, and Libby O'Sullivan on farm and farmer characteristics, farm-member relationships, economic viability, information sources, and emerging issues surrounding the CSAs in the Central Valley. 

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Student Farm Director Mark Van Horn contributes a chapter to this new book. A collection of essays about student farms around North America, Fields of Learning "illustrates how the student farm movement originated in the nineteenth century, gained ground in the 1970s, and is flourishing today." Purchase the book from Amazon.  

EcosystemsHuman_Cover.jpg Ecosystems and Human Well-Being: A Manual for Assessment Practitioners

The manual is a stand-alone “how to” guide to conducting assessments of the impacts on humans of ecosystem changes.

ASI Director Tom Tomich is a co-author of this book, published by Island Press. (2010)

Download a free copy of this book from the United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) website.

To order a copy of this book, visit the Island Press website.

Development of Organic and Sustainable Agricultural Education at the University of California, Davis: A Closer look at Practice and Theory

30 years after students at UC Davis originally called for curriculum in "alternative" agriculture, stakeholder surveys find that today's students articulate similar needs. The article highlights some of the process involved in creating UC Davis' new undergraduate major in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems.

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Organic Olive Production Manual

This manual provides detailed information for growers on production issues, plant nutrition, economics, pest and weed control, management of olive wastes, the conversion process, and certification. (2007)

Guide to Efficient Nitrogen Fertilizer Use in Walnut Orchards

Presents the best currently available information on nitrogen fertilization for walnuts; designed to help growers increase the efficiency of fertilizer nitrogen recovery in their orchards. (2006)
California Dairies: Protecting Water Quality

Since each dairy is different, practices must be tailored to each situation. This guide discusses three types of dairies – dairies with irrigated cropland, dairies with non-irrigated pasture and hay fields, and dairies with limited cropland – and outlines a variety of management measures for each.  (2006)
Organic Apple Production Manual

This manual includes a review of the organic apple industry including trends in production and markets, supply and price, and state and federal regulation and certification. Chapters include orchard management, disease and pest management, harvest and postharvest operations, marketing considerations, and economic performance. (2000)
Entrepreneurial.jpg Entrepreneurial Community Gardens: Growing Food, Skills, Jobs, and Communities

The Community Garden movement is growing in popularity in many urban areas of the United States. This study profiles the productivity, employment, and financial characteristics of 27 community gardens. Five California sites are profiled in detail. (1999)
Cover Cropping in Vineyards: A Grower’s Handbook

This guide features cutting-edge methods for using cover crops to enhance vineyard performance. Based on extensive research, this guide details technical and theoretical information on how cover crops affect vineyards and promote ecological stability. (1998)

Compost Production and Utilization:  A Grower's Guide

Practical information on the production and use of compost, including an understanding of the benefits of compost, the basic biological processes involved in its production, and a way to determine the mix of materials needed for a quality blend.


Protecting Groundwater Quality in Citrus Production

This practical guide provides an overview of the problem and causes of groundwater contamination, as well as workable solutions. (1994)
The Dairy Debate: Consequences of Bovine Growth Hormone and Rotational Grazing Technologies

Examines bovine growth hormone (bGH) and rotational grazing. Compares the potential impacts of these technologies on cow health, consumers, farm families, the economics of dairying, the environment, and rural communities. (1993)
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Organic Soil Amendments and Fertilizers

Addresses the benefits and value of organic matter, and describes several common organic materials. Includes a glossary of important technical and legal terms and concepts. (1992)

Newsletter - Sustainable Agriculture

Read past issues of UC SAREP's newsletter, Sustainable Agriculture, online.

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