Our Mission

The Agricultural Sustainability Institute at UC Davis is a group of researchers, educators, and agricultural extension professionals working to answer big questions on how to make agriculture and food systems more sustainable - in California and beyond.


Agriculture, Resources & Environment


Food & Society


Education & Leadership


Agroecological Experiments are Unique Testbeds for Investigating Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation

Oct 02, 2018 Organized by the California Department of Conservation and University of California, Davis, the symposium "Managing Lands in a Changing Climate to Improve Agricultural Resilience, Food Security and Health" served as an affiliate event to the Governor's "Global Climate Action Summit." The event brought together hundreds of folks across various disciplines for a day full of engaging talks and break out workshops. ASI's very own, Kate Scow, provided a timely report of the ways UC Davis' Russell Ranch is seeking to understand the real impacts of agricultural management on resource use, economics, and the environment in the long term through the Century Experiment (http://asi.ucdavis.edu/programs/rr/about/century-experiment).

Student Farm Promotes Experiential Learning through SCOPE

Oct 02, 2018 The Student Collaborative Organic Plant Breeding Education (SCOPE) project is a student-led collaborative of faculty and student plant breeders working with local organic growers on improving crop varieties for organic farming systems in Northern California, with the possibility of future expansion to other regions. Using traditional, field-based plant breeding methods, new varieties of heirloom-like tomatoes, jalapeño peppers, bell peppers, pest resistant common bean, and lima bean are being developed on certified organic land at The Student Farm at UC Davis.

UC SAREP looks into local food sourcing on UC and CSU campuses

Aug 01, 2018 A project funded by the Global Food Initiative and led by UC SAREP Deputy Director Gail Feenstra, Food Supply Chain Analyst Gwenaël Engelskirchen, and Graduate Student Researcher Li Schmidt is examining local food sourcing at ten UC and CSU campuses to help campuses reach sustainable sourcing goals. In addition to gathering information about local food sourcing, this project is also examining the role of food hubs—or local food distributors that aggregate products from multiple small and mid-sized producers—in providing local food to campuses and the role that students play in campus purchasing of local food.

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Agritourism Intensive Santa Cruz Co. Jan 10, 2019 - Mar 07, 2019 — UCCE Santa Cruz County, 1430 Freedom Blvd, Watsonville, CA 95076

An agritourism planning class for Santa Cruz County and surrounding region farmers and ranchers offered by UC Cooperative Extension and UC SAREP, in partnership with Santa Cruz, San Mateo and Santa Clara County Farm Bureaus, Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association, Santa Cruz County Small Business Development Center, Gizdich Ranch and other local partners.

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