UC SAREP grant reports from the 2010-2012 Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Competitive Grants Program

Reports wrapping up the 14 projects that UC SAREP funded via grants at a total of approximately $150,000 in 2010 can be found below along with brief descriptions of each project.

SAREP grants are directed toward research and outreach that provide solutions for the state’s producers and consumers who are working to produce, process and buy products in environmentally sound and socially responsible ways.

The awards are for county-based UC Cooperative Extension advisors, graduate students, and community-based organizations.

Assessment of Farmworker Communities and Residential Sites for Risk of Heat Stress
Farmworker Mobile Market Feasibility Study
California Institute for Rural Studies - 2 projects
$10,000 to identify a model for mobile food vending that can be implemented in rural farmworker communities in California [planning grant] and $35,000 to evaluate farmworkers’ ability to cool and hydrate after work as well as access transportation, communications and health resources that can help relieve the risk of heat stress [research grant].
Gail Wadsworth, Davis/Central Valley, (530) 756-6555 x 17, gwadsworth@cirsinc.org

Green Jobs for Campesinas
Applied Research Center (ARC)
$10,000 to explore how green jobs for women farmworker workforces can improve their working conditions and the well-being of their communities [planning grant].
Yvonne Liu, Central Coast, (510) 338-4934, yliu@arc.org

The Food and Livelihood Legal Project of the Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC)
Sustainable Economies Law Center

$10,000 to provide legal guidance to low-income entrepreneurs interested in urban and suburban farming, home-based food businesses and cooperatively owned agricultural companies in the San Francisco Bay Area. The project will create an online legal resource library and hold three legal clinics/workshops to provide direct legal advice to farmers and food entrepreneurs [education/ outreach grant].
Janelle Orsi, San Francisco Bay Area, (510) 649-9956, Janelle.SELC@gmail.com

Expanding Regional Markets for Southeast Asian and Other Small Farmers in Sacramento: Linking Farmers, Processors and Buyers
UC Cooperative Extension, Sacramento County
$9,975 to help Southeast Asian and other small farmers in Sacramento connect with processors and buyers. This project helps Southeast Asian farmers find solutions to marketing challenges by facilitating meetings among farmers, wholesalers, food processors, school districts and community food groups [education/outreach grant].
Chuck Ingels, Sacramento region, (916) 875-6527, caingels@ucdavis.edu

Grow & Eat Fresh in LA
UC Cooperative Extension, Los Angeles County
$10,000 to support the “Grow and Eat Fresh in LA” program in Los Angeles County. The project will include gardening instruction as well as nutrition lessons and cooking demonstrations. Participants will turn their new gardening skills into productive home gardens that will translate into positive changes in the home, including lower grocery bills and increased access to fresh, affordable, healthy food [education/outreach grant].
Brenda Roche, Los Angeles County, (323) 260-3299, bkroche@ucdavis.edu

Develop and document opportunities and success stories for ecosystem services on California rangelands
UC Cooperative Extension, Sonoma County
$10,000 to develop and document opportunities and success stories for ecosystem services – the benefits provided to all of California by good stewardship of rangeland. Rangelands make up one of the largest “land masses” in California. Good stewardship of the land increases water capture and carbon sequestration (storage), and the production of biomass similar to the “services” trees and forests provide. This project will assess the value and ecological and economic impacts of well-cared for rangeland and develop educational materials and outreach efforts to help make decisions on best management practices [education/outreach grant].
Stephanie Larson, Northern California, (707) 565-2621, slarson@udavis.edu

Los Angeles Food Policy Council Public Engagement Website
LA Food Policy Council
$10,000 to develop a web site that will create an informative and user-friendly website to serve as a focal point for the LA Food Policy Council’s education, outreach and social networking efforts. Features will include food-related news and information, updates on the program and opportunities for people to get involved [education/outreach grant].
Alexa Delwiche, LA region, (323) 341-5096, alexa.delwiche@gmail.com

Plumas County Food Policy Council
Plumas Rural Services
$10,000 for the creation of the Plumas County Food Policy Council (PCFPC). The project will identify successful food policy models, recruit members, draft by-laws and locate funding sources [planning grant].
Elizabeth Powell, Plumas County, (530) 283-3611 ex.839, epowell@plumasruralservices.org

Developing Life Cycle Analysis of California’s Beef Production System
UC Cooperative Extension, Santa Clara County
$10,000 to build a broad-based research team that includes beef producers and develop plans for a project to conduct a life cycle analysis of California’s beef production system. This would provide beef producers, researchers and beef marketers with information about the environmental performance of beef production systems in California [planning grant].
Shelia Barry, California-wide, (408) 282-3106, sbarry@ucdavis.edu

Community Food Access Planning in East Salinas
Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association (ALBA)
$10,000 for community food access planning in East Salinas. The grant will develop a three-year program and financing plans to expand a community planning process focused on health. The project will increase market channels for locally grown and culturally valued fresh foods in East Salinas. [planning grant].
Deborah Yashar, Salinas Valley/Central Coast, (831) 758-1468, Deborah@albafarmers.org

Stuck in the Middle? Examining the role of food supply chain middlemen in farm to hospital initiatives
Department of Environment, Science, Policy & Management, University of California, Berkeley
$5,000 to examine the role middlemen play in farm-to-hospital initiatives. The project will examine the barriers that arise from group purchasing organization (GPO) contracts and develop lessons learned from hospitals that have successfully navigated GPO contracts to increase the quantity of regionally sourced, sustainably produced food [graduate student research grant].
Kendra Klein, Bay Area, (415) 350-5957, Kleinkec@yahoo.com

Learning pathways for sustainable vineyard and winery management
Graduate Group in Geography, University of California, Davis
$5,000 to use Social Network Analysis to understand the role that social learning networks play in Lodi’s viticulture and winery supply chains. The project will also provide research that will strengthen a Community of Practice pilot program among Lodi’s wineries [graduate student research grant].
Matthew Hoffman, Lodi Region, (209) 200-1803, mbhoffman@ucdavis.edu

Urban Agriculture in Public Parks: Assessing a Model of Nonprofit-City Government Collaboration in Oakland, CA
Department of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz
$5,000 to study the collaboration between City Slicker Farms (a nonprofit) and City of Oakland’s Parks and Recreation Department to convert a city park into an urban farm. The project will evaluate this model’s effort to respond to the community’s needs, provide outreach and improve food security in the neighborhood [graduate student research grant].
Jessica Watson, Oakland California, (510) 590-0870, jessicawwatson@gmail.com