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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. 

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.