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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). 

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."

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.

The role of Universities in assessing and ending structural racism in the food system

May 01, 2018
The Inter-institutional Network for Food, Agriculture and Sustainability (INFAS) is a national network of university and college educators, researchers, and activists, representing 25 institutions and spanning 20 states, who collaborate in analysis, synthesis, and problem-solving with practitioners to increase U.S. food-system resilience; to illuminate critical trends and common stewardship of public goods essential for food systems, such as water, biodiversity, ecosystem services, and public institutions; and to reduce inequity and vulnerability in the U.S. food system.

Students are Leading the Master Vision Plan for ASI’s Sustainable Living and Learning Communities

April 02, 2018

The western region of the UC Davis campus is home to the Student Farm, cooperative student housing, a community garden, and more. Students, staff, and faculty are working together to envision how these spaces on campus can transform into a collaborative whole, providing students with a place to actively experiment with farming and the built environment to look for integrated solution to living sustainably with limited resources.

By Carol Hillhouse