Krishi Vigyan Kendra Jammu Organizes Kissan Mela Cum Ghosthi – Scoop News


Scoop News

Krishi Vigyan Kendra Jammu Organizes Kissan Mela Cum Ghosthi
Scoop News
… Organic Foods Pvt Ltd. for their contribution in their respective fields Dr Sanjay Khar, Programme Coordinator/ Sr. Scientist KVK Jammu presented the vote of thanks while Dr. Puneet Choudhary Scientist Agroforestry KVK Jammu coordinated the

Counting the Benefits of Agroecology: We Have the Tools, Let’s Use Them – The Equation: Blog of the Union of Concerned Scientists (blog)


The Equation: Blog of the Union of Concerned Scientists (blog)

Counting the Benefits of Agroecology: We Have the Tools, Let's Use Them
The Equation: Blog of the Union of Concerned Scientists (blog)
Cover cropping is one agroecological practice that can bring many benefits, such as controlling pests, curbing erosion, and adding nitrogen to soils (using plants that fix nitrogen, legumes). Scientists suspect that cover cropping may also help fight

101 Facts That Make Us Hopeful About the Future of Food – Imperial Valley News

101 Facts That Make Us Hopeful About the Future of Food
Imperial Valley News
The World Agroforestry Centre has discovered that diverse forestry systems—forests that contain different types of trees—are an effective measure against soil erosion. 47. In New York, the Design Trust for Public Space developed the Five Borough Farm

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New crop production guide aimed at helping farmers tap growing organic markets

If you are an organic-crop producer in the Northeast, or a farmer interested in transitioning to organic, there is a new resource available to help provide the research-based information you need to be successful. The newly published Penn State Organic Crop Production Guide is among the most comprehensive university-produced guides in the country.

Why shade-grown coffee is good for birds and farmers – The Conversation US

Why shade-grown coffee is good for birds and farmers
The Conversation US
Agroforestry – a technique that combines crops with a mixture of trees and shrubs – is particularly important for biodiversity conservation. Shade coffee farming, where the crop is grown under a tree canopy, is one of the most biodiversity-friendly

Lightning Ridge resident Rebel Black wants to revitalise outback vegetable … – ABC Online


ABC Online

Lightning Ridge resident Rebel Black wants to revitalise outback vegetable
ABC Online
Rebel Black wants to bring the principles of permaculture to the vegetable gardens of Lightning Ridge. The opal town is located in the far northwest corner of New South Wales which is hot and dry at the best of times, but right now it is in the middle

Changing attitudes Carlson reshaped ideas about conservation – Smoky Mountain News

Changing attitudes Carlson reshaped ideas about conservation
Smoky Mountain News
He held various titles, including agricultural economist, forest advisor and agroforestry consultant. He showed native people that restoration of their damaged landscape was not merely an investment in the earth but their own livelihoods, and how to

Global demand can’t loosen local control of a crucial cash crop – Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)


Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)

Global demand can't loosen local control of a crucial cash crop
Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)
Shea trees (Vitellaria paradoxa) are an important feature of agroforestry parklands in a semi-arid belt stretching 5,000 kilometers across Africa, from Senegal in the west to Sudan in the east. The tree is not planted by farmers in Burkina Faso, nor is

Agricultural Production ‘Not Suitable’ for Food Challenges of the 21st Century – TheCattleSite


TheCattleSite

Agricultural Production 'Not Suitable' for Food Challenges of the 21st Century
TheCattleSite
The FAO Director-General also highlighted "agro-ecology" as a promising way to move food production onto a more sustainable path. The approach uses ecological theory to study and manage agricultural systems in order to make them both more productive …

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Gilingham Cohousing Community needs help to ‘Permaculture’ the garden – Blackmore Vale Magazine

Gilingham Cohousing Community needs help to 'Permaculture' the garden
Blackmore Vale Magazine
The Permaculture Project group plan to make a proper camping area which will include a camping kitchen, a clay oven, a firepit, improvements to the existing yurt and compost toilet, a reedbed drainage system from the kitchen (made with old baths), and

Agricultural Production ‘Not Suitable’ for Food Challenges of the 21st Century – ThePigSite.com


ThePigSite.com

Agricultural Production 'Not Suitable' for Food Challenges of the 21st Century
ThePigSite.com
The FAO Director-General also highlighted "agro-ecology" as a promising way to move food production onto a more sustainable path. The approach uses ecological theory to study and manage agricultural systems in order to make them both more productive …

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Lies and Fabrications: The Propaganda Campaign in Support of Genetically … – Center for Research on Globalization

Lies and Fabrications: The Propaganda Campaign in Support of Genetically
Center for Research on Globalization
Maingi therefore argues that the model of farming in the West is not appropriate for farming in most of Africa and that the West should invest in indigenous knowledge and agro-ecology. Growth Partners Africa works with farmers to enrich the soil with

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Project looks to horticulture value chain to improve outlook for Honduran women

Impoverished families in western Honduras stand to benefit from a new project aimed at improving access to that country’s markets for high-value horticultural crops. Researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences have received a nearly $1.4 million grant to perform a gender-based analysis of the Honduran horticultural value chain, with an eye toward reducing barriers to participation for women and other marginalized groups, while enhancing family income and nutrition.

Manipulate and Mislead: How GMOs Are Infiltrating Africa – eNews Park Forest


eNews Park Forest

Manipulate and Mislead: How GMOs Are Infiltrating Africa
eNews Park Forest
A global movement is growing and demanding that governments support small-scale food producers and “agroecology” instead of corporate agriculture, an agricultural system that is based on collaboration with nature and is appropriate for small scale …

Get a Free copy of Growing Green International – Permaculture Magazine


Permaculture Magazine

Get a Free copy of Growing Green International
Permaculture Magazine
Nomadic Permaculture & how to make compost and weed tea in a small space (on a narrowboat). Alice Griffin. related videos. Cob Rocket Ovens · Teaching Kids By Immersion · How to build a self-wicking bed · Grow Your Own Christmas. related reviews.

So You Want to Help Africa Mr Paterson? Then Stop Promoting Ideology and … – RINF Alternative News


RINF Alternative News

So You Want to Help Africa Mr Paterson? Then Stop Promoting Ideology and
RINF Alternative News
Maingi therefore argues that the model of farming in the West is not appropriate for farming in most of Africa and that the West should invest in indigenous knowledge and agro-ecology. Growth Partners Africa works with farmers to enrich the soil with

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Only agroecology can tackle the global food and health crisis – The Ecologist (blog)


The Ecologist (blog)

Only agroecology can tackle the global food and health crisis
The Ecologist (blog)
The recently published Global Nutrition Report shows almost all countries face high levels of malnutrition and diet-based ill-health, writes Julia Wright. This reveals deep problems with the dominant industrial model of food production, and the need

Agriculture Must Change, UN Agency Chief Tells Paris Summit, Urging … – AllAfrica.com

Agriculture Must Change, UN Agency Chief Tells Paris Summit, Urging
AllAfrica.com
The FAO Director-General also highlighted "agro-ecology" as a promising way to move food production onto a more sustainable path. The approach uses ecological theory to study and manage agricultural systems in order to make them both more productive …

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Service in the Name of Science – The Independent Florida Alligator (blog)


The Independent Florida Alligator (blog)

Service in the Name of Science
The Independent Florida Alligator (blog)
When you're not working on research or schoolwork, why not spend your free time volunteering? Who needs to eat, right? Not only does it look great on resumes, but also volunteering can be life changing for the ones you work with—and even you!

Science Notes: Computer knows when to hold ’em; secretive songbird finds a … – Buffalo News


Buffalo News

Science Notes: Computer knows when to hold 'em; secretive songbird finds a
Buffalo News
… warblers in nearly 40 million acres of plantations from eastern Texas to southeastern Virginia. “Before the 1920s there was no such thing as industrial pine agroforestry,” he said. “Birds and mammals and all sorts of creatures are now being exposed

France’s agricultural fair opens amid uptick in industrial farming – RFI


RFI

France's agricultural fair opens amid uptick in industrial farming
RFI
Yet, France is making strides in enacting “green” policies and promoting agroecology, including a new bill recently passed that is known as the “future of agriculture, food and forestry,” which is centred on promoting efficient and sustainable agriculture.

France’s massive agricultural fair opens amid uptick in industrial farming – RFI


RFI

France's massive agricultural fair opens amid uptick in industrial farming
RFI
Yet, France is making strides in enacting “green” policies and promoting agroecology, including a new bill recently passed that is known as the “future of agriculture, food and forestry,” which is centred on promoting efficient and sustainable agriculture.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s 34rd annual Making Brooklyn Bloom set for Saturday … – CT News (blog)


CT News (blog)

Brooklyn Botanic Garden's 34rd annual Making Brooklyn Bloom set for Saturday
CT News (blog)
Abraham has apprenticed at the University of California Santa Cruz Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (2012), and in 2014 she became executive director at Farm School NYC. Her keynote will discuss current topics in urban gardening, …

Offsetters Climate Solutions Ponders Forest Assets Acquisition – SmallCap Network

Offsetters Climate Solutions Ponders Forest Assets Acquisition
SmallCap Network
ForestFinest has developed and managed all of ForestFinance's projects to date and is the leading consultancy service for sustainable land use projects in the sustainably managed forest and agroforestry sector. Forest Finance Switzerland develops …

Agriculture must change, UN agency chief tells Paris summit, urging ‘paradigm … – UN News Centre


UN News Centre

Agriculture must change, UN agency chief tells Paris summit, urging 'paradigm
UN News Centre
The FAO Director-General also highlighted “agro-ecology” as a promising way to move food production onto a more sustainable path. The approach uses ecological theory to study and manage agricultural systems in order to make them both more productive …

Trying to change the world ndash; here in NM – Albuquerque Journal


Albuquerque Journal

Trying to change the world ndash; here in NM
Albuquerque Journal
Included within the school's 220-acre campus is the 20-acre Agroecology Research Center, which figures into some of the college's change-making. Kumar said teams of five students each “come up with ideas of what they want to do that they think will …

Permaculture designer, educator speaks March 3 – Courier-Gazette & Camden Herald


Courier-Gazette & Camden Herald

Permaculture designer, educator speaks March 3
Courier-Gazette & Camden Herald
Camden — Permaculture designer and educator Lisa Fernandes will lead a presentation on small-scale residential food production at Merryspring Nature Center on Tuesday, March 3 at noon. Fernandes will share her story of how a typical small Maine …

Agroforestry systems of the lowland alluvial valleys of the tehuacan-cuicatlan … – 7thSpace Interactive (press release)

Agroforestry systems of the lowland alluvial valleys of the tehuacan-cuicatlan
7thSpace Interactive (press release)
Agroforestry systems (AFS) are valuable production systems that allow concealing benefits provision with conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem services. We analysed AFS of the zone of alluvial valleys of the Tehuacan-Cuicatlan Valley (TCV), Mexico

Chemicals, kids & precaution

More and more public health experts are turning their attention to how we can prevent childhood diseases, rather than hunting for cures. This was my takeaway from an inspiring two-day meeting of scientists in Austin earlier this month.

Children: Food and Environment, sponsored by our partners at the Children's Environmental Health Network, brought together dozens of pediatric researchers from a wide range of disciplines. All seemed to share a recognition that environmental exposures are playing a key role in undermining our children's health, and that the resulting problems are both urgent — and preventable.

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Will Hawai’i lawmakers stand up to Monsanto & Co?

Later today, the Hawai'i House Committee on Agriculture will take up an important bill that could create new protections from pesticides for children. But if prior votes are any indication, the committee — and the industrial agricultural interests driving it — will be a tough obstacle to overcome.

We've seen this same showdown on island after island, as each county has attempted to enact new protections on the use of pesticides or pesticide-promoting genetically engineered seeds and crops. And we've also seen the force with which, each time, Monsanto and the rest of the Big 6 pesticide corporations have tried to stop these laws in their tracks.

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International Symposium on Agroecology for Food Security and Nutrition Final Report

FAO held the International Symposium on Agroecology for Food Security and Nutrition at its headquarters in Rome on September 18 and 19, 2014. Approximately 400 people from 61 different countries (including Permanent Representatives and staff members of representations, FAO / IFAD / WFP staff members, their guests and external participants) attended the event and an additional 186 people followed the Symposium through live streaming.

Steve Gliessman, Chair of CAN’s Board of Directors, chaired the opening plenary. He noted that the focus of Agroecology was originally at the local systems level, but has gradually increased to entire food systems and is now understood as a participatory action research process that leads to sustainability and resilience, as a movement of change and justice.

Steve and Pablo Tittonell reported the key findings and emerging themes of the first one and half days to the plenary. The main findings were: “By the final wrap up session, it was clear that the ecological foundation and food system focus of Agroecology provides an action-oriented approach for simultaneously developing alternative food systems, while transforming the current industrial model. FAO is in a unique position to help build a global agroecological network. The Symposium emphatically demonstrated that the stakeholders represented have everything necessary to make this transformation happen. It only requires action, vision, responsibility towards future generations and above
all courage.”

Key Outcomes

The Symposium generated the following key outcomes:

  • a proposal to continue the dialogue initiated through three regional meetings to be held in 2015;
  • a large amount of scientific evidence and examples of best practices already adopted in many different ecologies and the commitment to finalize proceedings;
  • the recommendation to accompany countries requesting FAO’s assistance to promote national policy dialogue and research on Agroecology and expand partnership towards a local level;
  • recommendation to operationalize Agroecology into FAO’s operational Work Plan for SO2 and other SOs, and to mainstream some ongoing planned national activities and projects towards Agroecology.

Next Steps

Based on the success of the Symposium and FAO’s commitment to facilitate three regional meetings in 2015 in Latin America, Africa and Asia, FAO is looking forward to collaborate with the relevant interested actors on this action plan. More precisely, the Director-General outlined the following points as next steps for FAO:

  • FAO will organize three regional meetings in 2015 in Latin America, Africa and Asia, under the leadership of the Regional Offices (Brazilian government offered to host the Latin America meeting in collaboration with FAO-RLC);
  • The Director-General mentioned during the United Nations Climate Change Summit that participants of the International Symposium on Agroecology called for a United Nations wide initiative on Agroecology in order to help sustainably promote food security, address climate change and build resilience;
  • The Director-General appointed Ms. Maria Helena Semedo, DDG-N as the person responsible for this way forward.

To download the complete report, check here.

Don’t ‘abhor’ us – abhor GMO scientists laden with conflicts of interest! – The Ecologist (blog)

Don't 'abhor' us – abhor GMO scientists laden with conflicts of interest!
The Ecologist (blog)
Africa's biotech establishment is deploying its biggest guns to attack NGOs opposed to GMO crops to help push through Ghana's corporation-friendly Plant Breeders Bill – a key element in the corporate enclosure of Africa's farming, seeds and

‘In the soil are the answers’ – New Internationalist (blog)


New Internationalist (blog)

'In the soil are the answers'
New Internationalist (blog)
In September we will offer a course on A-Z of Agroecology dedicated to training in living soil and living seed. On 1 October we will organize a festival dedicated to the Soil. And from 2-5 October we will organize a Soil pilgrimage. Hope your readers

On Indonesia’s paper trail: There’s just too much illegal wood – eco-business.com


eco-business.com

On Indonesia's paper trail: There's just too much illegal wood
eco-business.com
Indonesia has the dubious distinction of the world's fastest rate of deforestation – in 2007, 2013 and 2014 – thanks to forest clearance by palm oil and agroforestry companies. The illegal 'slash and burn' method of forest clearance also causes haze

32nd annual Mendocino Permaculture event draws hundreds of propagators – The Willits News

32nd annual Mendocino Permaculture event draws hundreds of propagators
The Willits News
Mendocino Permaculture's 32nd Annual Winter Abundance Fair was like a horticultural farmers market, with a blend of local vendors who offered up homemade goods ranging from soaps to fruits, and vegetables and sauces. John Valenzuela, horticulturist …

REDD+ to the rescue of Central Africa’s forests? Not yet, study says – Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)


Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)

REDD+ to the rescue of Central Africa's forests? Not yet, study says
Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)
“It is more promising to look at agroforestry or artisanal logging to be combined with industrial logging to enhance the financial values of concessions. Organizing a credible multiple-use forest management inside logging concessions is a major

Farmer supports Lismore’s biodiversity management strategy – Northern Star


Northern Star

Farmer supports Lismore's biodiversity management strategy
Northern Star
CATTLE and agroforestry farmer Paul Hunter says he knows better than most how a biodiversity management strategy could benefit the Lismore local government area. The Goonellabah resident's farm is located in the Tweed Shire, where that council …

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Revitalization of NH mill town takes unusual ideas – Boston Globe (subscription)


Boston Globe (subscription)

Revitalization of NH mill town takes unusual ideas
Boston Globe (subscription)
A local college professor entered into discussions to build an “agro-ecology center” in the Armory where waste from the brewpub would be used to grow black soldier fly larvae, which would feed fish — whose waste, in turn, would feed hydroponically

Deadline for Farm & Garden docent training is Tuesday, March 3 – UC Santa Cruz

Deadline for Farm & Garden docent training is Tuesday, March 3
UC Santa Cruz
During the training sessions, participants will learn about organic farming and gardening practices, the history of the Alan Chadwick Garden and the UCSC Farm, and the research and education work of UCSC's Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food …

Student Stories: Students travel to Cambodia, Thailand to assist small farmers – Penn State News

Student Stories: Students travel to Cambodia, Thailand to assist small farmers
Penn State News
"Farmers in Thailand and Cambodia have environmental, educational and resource constraints that limit yield and production," said Ranck, a senior agroecology major from Mifflin. "Many farmers are subject to things out of their control especially when

A valentine for farmworkers

Before you head off to celebrate Valentine’s Day dinner with your loved one, take a moment to send some of that love to the hardworking men and women who put all that good, fresh food on your table.

If you're reading this before 11am pacific time on February 13th, you can send a "Thunderclap" valentine to EPA's Gina McCarthy, asking her to take a stand to protect farmworker health. All of the resulting tweets and Facebook posts will appear en masse Friday morning.

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Alternatives Voices: Permaculture Magazine in the USA – Permaculture Magazine


Permaculture Magazine

Alternatives Voices: Permaculture Magazine in the USA
Permaculture Magazine
Permaculture's editor, Maddy Harland is one of the keynote speakers at Permaculture Voices 2015. Our editor will be speaking to the conference based in San Diego, USA on Friday 6th March, exploring how to design successful enterprises for people and

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Could better soil management reverse global warming? – Treehugger


Treehugger

Could better soil management reverse global warming?
Treehugger
There's even some research to suggest that small-scale agroecology could increase yields compared to conventional farming. What's not to like? In fact, Peter Bane was so convinced of the role that soil will play in the fight against climate change, he

Zero tolerance policies on GMO “contamination” hurt organic and conventional … – Genetic Literacy Project


Genetic Literacy Project

Zero tolerance policies on GMO “contamination” hurt organic and conventional
Genetic Literacy Project
Miguel A. Altieri, a professor of agroecology at the University of California, Berkeley, argued that transgenic crops are not compatible with agroecology, the larger scientific umbrella that includes organic farming practices. Genetically modified

Management options of invasive Elodea nuttallii and Elodea canadensis

Publication date: Available online 10 February 2015
Source:Limnologica – Ecology and Management of Inland Waters
Author(s): Andreas Zehnsdorf , Andreas Hussner , Frank Eismann , Helmut Rönicke , Arnulf Melzer
Elodea nuttallii and Elodea canadensis , two invasive submerged and rooted aquatic macrophyte species, are receiving increasing attention for their rapid and lasting invasion of many freshwater habitats throughout Europe, Asia and Australia. This review summarizes the present scientific knowledge about means of controlling Elodea nuttallii and Elodea canadensis within of aquatic weed management programs. Both species exhibit high growth rates with a high tolerance to wide ranges of environmental conditions, low vulnerability to grazing and other stress factors, high distribution and reproduction potential, and relatively high resistance to common conventional aquatic weed management procedures. Possibilities for the further use of harvested Elodea biomass are presented and novel approaches to the improvement of the monitoring and management of Elodea plagues are discussed.

Hundreds vow to protect PH’s biggest marine protected area – Rappler


Rappler

Hundreds vow to protect PH's biggest marine protected area
Rappler
The rest will be multiple use zones where people will be allowed to live and pursue "sustainable resource use" – agroforestry, establishment of fish corrals, fish cages, fish pens and seaweed farming. Despite disagreements and unresolved issues

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Los Gatos shorts: Museums’ garage sales, e-waste fundraisers – San Jose Mercury News

Los Gatos shorts: Museums' garage sales, e-waste fundraisers
San Jose Mercury News
Learn how to compost on two Saturdays, when retired Los Gatos High School agroecology teacher Les Kishler holds composting workshops at the LGHS community gardens on March 7 and 14 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.. The gardens are behind the high school's …

Hot Potato Politics: SFA-MN clarifies role in giving tech assistance to water … – Twin Cities Daily Planet (blog)

Hot Potato Politics: SFA-MN clarifies role in giving tech assistance to water
Twin Cities Daily Planet (blog)
R.D. Offutt Company is committed to preserving ground water quality in the communities where we farm. In fact, we are eagerly and voluntarily participating in the Byron Township Project announced last week. The Project is a partnership with the

The Permaculture Activist Team Looks to Strengthen Their Online Presence with … – Digital Journal

The Permaculture Activist Team Looks to Strengthen Their Online Presence with
Digital Journal
The world's longest running permaculture journal Permaculture Activist is now looking to reach out to a larger segment of readers by improving their online presence. The funding requirement for this project is $15,000. Bloomington, IN — (ReleaseWire) …

Dragonfly gut infections suggest environmental role in obesity

Obesity and diabetes are not just problems of modern-day humans and their domesticated pets. Insects also are affected by these health conditions, and intestinal infections by protozoans are the cause, according to researchers at Penn State. The research suggests that intestinal infections may contribute to metabolic diseases in humans as well. Ruud Schilder, assistant professor of entomology and biology, has received a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation to expand upon these findings.

Innovation Fund moving good ideas forward

n April 2014 the Penn State Research Foundation created The Fund for Innovation to promote commercialization of promising new ideas and discoveries generated by Penn State’s $800 million research enterprise. The primary goal is to create new companies and new jobs, and by doing so to increase the already sizable positive impact that Penn State has on the economy of Pennsylvania.

Dr Harold Roy-Macauley appointed as new Director General of AfricaRice – AfricanBrains

Dr Harold Roy-Macauley appointed as new Director General of AfricaRice
AfricanBrains
Dr Roy-Macauley is no stranger to CGIAR, having served previously as the Regional Director for the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) in West and Central Africa. He has consulted for numerous international and bilateral organizations on biosafety and …

Groundbreaking conference explores future of Michigan farming – Farmers Advance

Groundbreaking conference explores future of Michigan farming
Farmers Advance
Gibbons' talk will be followed by a panel featuring Dr. M. Jahi Chappell, director of agroecology and agriculture policy at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy; Pete Kennedy, president of the Farm-to?Consumer Legal Defense Fund; and Phil

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Campus farm adds Quarry Field to further farming, education, and research – UC Santa Cruz


UC Santa Cruz

Campus farm adds Quarry Field to further farming, education, and research
UC Santa Cruz
Freshly tilled soil on the west side of Hagar Drive marks the start of the UC Santa Cruz Farm's latest effort in growing food for campus and expanding the research and education work of the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS).

Campus farm adds Quarry Field to further farming, education and research efforts – UC Santa Cruz


UC Santa Cruz

Campus farm adds Quarry Field to further farming, education and research efforts
UC Santa Cruz
Freshly tilled soil on the west side of Hagar Drive marks the start of the UC Santa Cruz Farm's latest effort in growing food for campus and expanding the research and education work of the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS).