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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.

Carol Hillhouse on gardening during drought

September 09, 2015

Carol Hillhouse, School Gardening Program Director and Ecological Garden Coordinator at the Student Farm was recently interviewed by Capital Public Radio on water wise tips for gardening in the drought. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it all starts with building healthy soil!

See the story here.

Viewpoints: Scientists are rising to the challenges of drought

September 02, 2015

This week, scientists from around the world are convening in Sacramento for the Ecological Society of America’s annual meeting to discuss cutting-edge research for a sustainable future. The meeting comes at a pivotal time for California, as the three-year drought drags on. According to the latest Drought Monitor report, more than 58 percent of the state is experiencing “exceptional drought,” the most severe classification, characterized by extreme water shortages and crop loss.

UC provides the resources to help Urban Ag succeed

August 30, 2015

With a growing interest in gardening, food preservation and livestock, urban agriculture is making its way to the forefront of planning and policy agendas. The UC Agriculture and Natural Resources Division (UC ANR) released a portal for Urban Ag enthusiasts and farmers at the beginning of July. The portal features an array of information for beginning and experiences farmers alike. "The site will be a resource for urban farmers who are selling what they grown, as well as school and community gardeners, and folks who are keeping some backyard chickens and bees.

Trees in Crop Fields – boosting a farm’s natural economy

August 30, 2015

The mid-afternoon sun beats down on the dry earth as Elleman Mumba takes us to the cool shade of his musangu trees – tall 8-year-old trees that he has planted in wide rows in the middle of the crop fields where he grows maize and other annual crops for food and sale. Mr. Mumba is one of a growing number of farmers across Zambia and other southern African countries who are bucking conventional wisdom that planting trees in crop fields creates competition with the standing crop for sunlight, water, and nutrients.