The Agricultural Sustainability Institute (ASI) at UC Davis is comprised of several units – the UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SAREP), the UC Davis Student Farm, and the Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Facility.
ASI’s activities are guided by a shared mission and vision and strategic direction is provided through an External Advisory Board comprised of leaders from a wide range of differing fields, including farmers and ranchers; agricultural, environmental, and community organizations; food manufacturers and retailers; educators; policymakers; and the media. We follow core operational principles to ensure the sustainability, legitimacy, usefulness, and credibility of our actions. Read our 2017 Strategic Snapshot to obtain an overview of our strategic planning and main programmatic and communications activities.
ASI’s annual funding (fiscal year 16/17) was about $3.8 million. This sum includes actual annual expenditures for program and operational activity supported through gifts and grants (see tabs at left for annual award details), UC Davis and UC ANR institutional support, ASI endowment income, and a small amount of program income.
Gifts of all sizes can help build and strengthen ASI programs: ASI has a large mandate and an ambitious mission. While we continue to have strong institutional support through the university, growing our external support through a variety of avenues will be critical for enabling ASI to fully realize our mission and vision. For example, philanthropic and grant support allows ASI to offer scholarships to deserving students, research more sustainable farming practices, offer trainings for educators implementing school gardens and for hospitals and other large institutions transitioning to using local, fresh produce, continue a 100-year agricultural sustainability experiment, and more.
ASI gratefully acknowledges contributions received since the launch of the Institute in 2006 and would like to extend our sincere gratitude to those who have provided support for our programs.