Agricultural Sustainability Institute

Student Farm at UC Davis Welcomes Colin Dixon as New Director

The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at UC Davis is pleased to welcome Colin Dixon, who has more than 20 years of education and sustainable agriculture experience, as the the new director of the Student Farm.

Dixon, whose first job in Davis was at the Student Farm, worked as the co-design lead at Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS) Science Learning in Oakland where his efforts focused on making science education more equitable.

Student Farm keeps working to feed the community

A half dozen people wear orange plastic gloves and keep their distance from each other as they harvest lettuce, kale, beets and other crops at the UC Davis Student Farm. Their bounty will help feed the Davis community in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“Like everyone else, we’re trying to respond as best we can in these uncertain times,” says Katharina Ullmann, Student Farm director, taking a break from the day’s harvest.  

Agritourism in California

UC Davis experts help farmers, ranchers partake in growing trend

Agritourism is growing in California, along with sales and production of much of the world’s fruits, vegetables and nuts. More and more people are paying to enjoy the bounty and beauty of California’s farms and ranches by touring peach and cherry farms near Fresno, taking classes in beekeeping, attending festivals devoted to strawberries or attending a host of other activities offered by farmers and ranchers throughout the state.

Strawberries, soil and water management

UC Davis field days give industry a taste of new berries and a feel for healthy soil

The latest developments in strawberry breeding and healthy soil took center stage at two recent UC Davis Field Days, one hosted in Prunedale (near Salinas) and one held at UC Davis Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Facility.

In Prunedale, strawberry farmers, shippers, breeders, propagators, crop advisors and resource conservation groups gathered to get a taste of what’s developing in the UC Davis Public Strawberry Breeding Program. Many said they liked what they tasted and saw.

Agricultural Sustainability Institute

With a focus on food and agricultural sustainability research and education, the institute includes the Student Farm, the UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SAREP), and Russell Ranch, home to The Century Experiment.

Contact Information

Director: Ryan Galt
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Phone: 530-752-3915
Fax: 530-752-2829

Agricultural Sustainability Institute at UC Davis
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616

Forging New Paths

Davis alumnus receives Agricultural Sustainability Leadership Award.

Daniel Mountjoy, director of Resource Stewardship at Sustainable Conservation and a UC Davis alumnus, is this year's recipient of Eric Bradford and Charlie Rominger Agricultural Sustainability Leadership Award, presented by the Agricultural Sustainability Institute at UC Davis.

Russell Ranch Field Day: Nitrogen Research

Annual event to showcase variety of nitrogen research, including how field management affects cycling.

Managing nitrogen on California farms requires a close look from every possible angle. On Thursday, May 21, scientists and growers will provide a panoramic view of the latest developments in nitrogen research and management practices at the annual Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Facility Field Day at UC Davis.