$50,000 pledge to support ASI programs

by iancahir — last modified Jan 11, 2010 07:05 AM

Craig McNamara, a UC Davis graduate and president and owner of Sierra Orchards in Winters, and his wife, Julie, have pledged $50,000 to establish a fund to help the Agricultural Sustainability Institute in its educational mission.

Through the McNamara Fund for Excellence in Agricultural Sustainability, ASI will focus on the growth of its experiential learning programs. The first program to benefit from the McNamaras’ generosity is the UC Davis Student Farm initiative.

“The initiative’s focus on providing ‘hands on’ agricultural education to youth is of great interest to us,” the McNamaras said in a statement.

The fund will support one program per year for five years.

“It is through the generosity of friends like Craig and Julie that we are able to do the work we do,” said Tom Tomich, ASI director. “Craig has given his time as part of ASI’s external advisory board, and now this fund will help to extend the mission of ASI to more people.”

The Agricultural Sustainability Institute, as part of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at UC Davis provides leadership for research, teaching and outreach and extension efforts in agricultural and food systems sustainability at the Davis campus and throughout the UC system.

For more information, contact us at ASI@ucdavis.edu.

Media contact:

Tom Tomich, Agricultural Sustainability Institute, (530) 574-2503, tptomich@ucdavis.edu


Craig & Julie

Says Lyra Halprin on Mar 13, 2010 05:36 PM
Very wonderful. It would be great to see an image of the McNamaras, too.