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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. 

Join the Russell Ranch Team! Recruiting a Project Scientist

July 17, 2019
Project Scientist - Russell Ranch Sustainable Ag Facility UC Davis

Job #JPF02937

To apply, please go to the following link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF02937
  • Agricultural and Environmental Sciences - AGR & ENV SCI DEANS OFFICE
RECRUITMENT PERIOD

Open date: July 15th, 2019

Next review date: Sunday, Sep 1, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Extension Professionals in California Learn about Uprooting Racism in the Food System 

May 31, 2019

Sustainable agriculture extension is only as effective as the number of people reached and the quality of those interactions. In California, almost a third of farms and ranches are operated by persons of color, and many are recent immigrants, primarily from Latin America and Asia. Are we effectively engaging with those producers so that their communities, too, can benefit from the latest developments in environmentally sound and economically viable farming practices?  

Green Fellowship Now Open for Students!

April 09, 2019
Green Fellowship available to fund projects exploring student-led advancement of social justice, sustainable technology, and environmental sustainability at UC Davis.


On the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Whole Earth Festival grateful UC Davis alum, faculty and community members have donated money to create the Green Fellowship, which will support students advancing social justice and environmental sustainability. These donors are also supporting the advancement of the Student Living and Learning Communities (SLLC).

Russell Ranch Releases 2018 Report

February 06, 2019
2018 Russell Ranch Progress Report

Russell Ranch just released their 2018 Research Report, describing the 25 research projects and findings that were conducted on the Ranch in 2018 alone. Russell Ranch researchers were excited to work with a number of UC Davis faculty, graduate students, and staff, as well as researchers from UC Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, and UC Merced, among other institutions.

Sense of Belonging at the Student Farm

January 28, 2019
With UC Davis recent designation as Hispanic Serving Institution, the Student Farm hopes to continue these collaborations with the Chicanx Studies department. The Student Farm and the CHI department see great potential in increasing this impact through further utilization of the farm space, primarily through the development of interdisciplinary and culturally relevant STEM focused courses. As the HSI process develops at UC Davis, the Student Farm and Dr.

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

October 03, 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.

Student Farm Promotes Experiential Learning through SCOPE

October 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

August 03, 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.

Creating online training for organic specialty crop production in California

June 20, 2018
Sonja Brodt (Coordinator of Agriculture, Resources, and Environment at UC SAREP) and Sara Riegler (UC SAREP Graduate Student Researcher) recently had the opportunity to visit and record field demonstration videos at ALBA in Salinas. The videos, all recorded in Spanish and focused on ALBA farmers\u2019 organic farming practices, will be part of a comprehensive online curriculum geared towards beginner organic farmers in California, a project in collaboration with the Organic Farming Research Foundation.

Yisrael Family Urban Farm partners with UC ANR to teach urban agriculture skills

May 08, 2018
A number of cities in California have recently updated municipal policies to facilitate urban agriculture, due to strong community interest. A team of UC Cooperative Extension farm advisers, specialists and others, including UC SAREP, are working with local partners in four California urban regions, offering a series of workshops to help urban farmers address challenges they face in zoning, soil, water access, and profitability.