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Farm to School Tours for Policy Makers Lead to Active Policy Dialogue

February 02, 2016

In late September, the UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program hosted a tour of Sacramento public school kitchens and gardens to introduce policy makers to Farm to School efforts in Sacramento and promote a dialogue around how policy can build a strong Farm to School network in the region.

Tour attendees learned from school Food Service Directors about the complexity of planning healthy, locally sourced meals for students, and from Garden Educators about the role garden-based education plays in promoting healthy eating.

The Student Farm’s Raoul Adamchak is One of a Kind

January 21, 2016

Raoul Adamchak, the Market Garden Coordinator at the Student Farm was recently featured in UC Davis’ One Campaign, showcasing some of the best and brightest in the UC Davis community. Learn why Raoul is among them, and why he’s so passionate about agriculture

New organic plant breeding effort to produce novel varieties and train new breeders

December 01, 2015
A new effort to provide California growers with seeds for tomato, bean, pepper and other crop varieties that are specially bred for organic farming has been launched. Plants will be bred at the Student Farm, in partnership with the Plant Breeding Center and Organic Seed Alliance.  

The organic plant-breeding project was developed in direct response to California organic growers, who have reported that the scarcity of seeds for cultivars that meet the needs of organic farming can seriously impact a farm’s bottom line.

Groundwater: The Crucial Challenge

December 01, 2015

Russell Ranch Director Kate Scow and fellow UC Davis faculty Thomas Harter, Helen Dahlke, and Toby O'Geen weigh in on the importance of measuring, managing, and protecting our precious groundwater resources.

Conserving Farms is Good Investment

October 19, 2015

One of ASI's found board members, Rich Rominger, weighs in on the Agricultural Lands Program, whose funding future is currently in discussion. The op-ed appeared in the Sacramento Bee on October 13, 2015

Yolo County, where my family has farmed for five generations, has lost farmland to development, as part of more than 1 million acres of farmland lost in the state in the last 25 years.

Student Farm at UC Davis rated as one of the best!

October 01, 2015
College Values Online, an online college ranking system recently ranked the Student Farm at UC Davis as #6 student farm in the country. See how we stack up among the 30 rated farms.  

College Values Online rated 100 student farms across the country, and 30 of them met their requirement that the farm "demonstrate sustainability." Sustainability was measured based on:

Mark Van Horn receives on-farm educator award named in his honor

September 21, 2015

Mark Van Horn, director of the Student Farm at UC Davis was awarded the first Mark Van Horn On-Farm Educator Award, established by the Sustainable Agriculture Education Association and presented during the association’s recent biennial conference. In choosing future recipients, the association will look for them to share Mark’s passion for teaching sustainable agriculture and engaging students in the learning process.