COVID-19 Resources for California's Agricultural Community

April 02, 2020

We know this is a hard time. Many of you have had to cancel events and activities that are normally a dependable part of your revenue. Some of you have had to cut hours or lay off or not hire workers who depend on you. Many of you are experiencing major disruptions in some of your sales channels and needing to shift tactics quickly to stay in business by extending marketing with different methods.

We hope that some of the resources on this page are helpful in this difficult time. We are here to help wherever we can. 

In memoriam: Bill Liebhardt, former UC SAREP director

May 08, 2020
In memoriam: Bill Liebhardt, former UC SAREP director

Bill Liebhardt, who led the University of California’s sustainable agriculture programs, died May 5 of complications of Q fever at his home in Davis. He was 84.

Aspiring farmer, Chelsea Andrews, credits Student Farm and SAFS involvement to her success

December 05, 2019

This quarter, we’re highlighting Chelsea Andrews for our student profile. Chelsea began working at the Student Farm as a transfer student in 2017. She recently graduated in 2019 where she majored in sustainable agriculture and food systems with a minor in agriculture and ecology. Her experiences at the Farm helped her to seek mentorships and develop valuable leadership skills, profoundly informing her current post-grad plans. 

Dr. Nicole Tautges receives $500k grant from USDA

December 04, 2019

Nicole Tautges, chief scientist in cropping systems at Russell Ranch, received a $500k grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). 

Fulbright Scholar Dr. Pavlo Ardonov joins the ASI team

December 04, 2019

Pavlo Ardanov, a research fellow at ASI and the co-founder and leader of Permaculture in Ukraine, an environmental NGO, is a recent recipient of the Fulbright* Scholarship. During his stay, Ardonov is collaborating with Sonja Brodt, Agricultural Sustainability Institute; Robert Hijmans, Department of Environmental Science and Policy.

ASI Director Tom Tomich Elected to the American Association for the Advancement of Science

November 26, 2019

ASI's founding director Tom Tomich is now a 2020 member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).  AAAS, founded in 1848, seeks to "advance science, engineering, and innovation throughout the world for the benefit of all people [...] [it was] the first permanent organization formed to promote the development of science and engineering at the national level and to represent the interests of all its disciplines."

California elderberries have rich benefits for farms and diets

October 01, 2019

California elderberries have rich benefits for farms and diets

By Jeannette Wernart, UC ANR
Originally posted Oct 1, 2019: https://ucanr.edu/News/?routeName=newsstory&postnum=31440

Native California elderberries can be found at the intersection of sustainable farming, super nutrition and economic viability. Naturally drought tolerant, flavorful and packed with nutrients, they are capturing the interest of farmers, health-conscious consumers and scientists.