Programs

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ASI provides a hub that links initiatives and education in sustainable agriculture and food systems across all divisions of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at UC Davis, across the University of California, and with other partners across the State of California.

ASI includes the following programs:

UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SAREP)

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. Read SAREP's brochure.

Russell Ranch

The Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Facility conducts long-term research assessing the sustainability of different cropping systems by comparing system outputs and soil quality indicators. Russell Ranch is a 1,500 acre tract near the UC Davis campus, which hosts the Long Term Research on Agricultural Systems (LTRAS) and Sustainable Agriculture Farming Systems (SAFS) projects.  Read Russell Ranch's brochure.

Student Farm

Since its inception in 1977, the UC Davis Student Farm has served the UC Davis students and faculty, farmers, gardeners, school children and many others. Its unique program centers around three principles:

   1. A focus on sustainable agriculture principles and practices,
   2. An emphasis on in-field, experiential learning,
   3. The encouragement of student initiative, creativity and exploration.

The Student Farm offers a wide range of opportunities for students to learn about and explore the many aspects of sustainable agriculture. These opportunities include internships, formal courses and research projects.  Read the Student Farm's brochure.

School Gardening Program

Around 2,000 children and youth visit our working farm and garden site annually on field trips to learn about garden ecology, sustainable farming and growing food. We also offer hands-on training for college students, and professional development for teachers, parents and volunteers who work with school gardens.

Undergraduate Major in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems

Students majoring in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems (SA&FS) focus on the social, economic and environmental aspects of food and agriculture - from farm to table and beyond.  The program is designed to help students obtain a diversity of knowledge and skills, both in the classroom and through personal experiences both on and off campus. Read the SA&FS major's brochure.

Inter-Institutional Network for Food, Agriculture and Sustainability

Established in 2007, the Inter-institutional Network for Food, Agriculture and Sustainability (INFAS) is a national network of scholars committed to the development and support of food and agricultural systems that sustain the health of people, society, and the natural environment.  With the support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, ASI serves as the host for the INFAS network. 

INFAS objectives:

  1. Increase the capacity of the scientific community to address the nation's major sustainability challenge
  2. Increase the scientific underpinnings of sustainability debates
  3. Raise the visibility of challenges posed by current food systems