About the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems

The Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) is a research, education, and public service program at the University of California, Santa Cruz, dedicated to increasing ecological sustainability and social justice in the food and agriculture system.

Originally named the Agroecology Program, CASFS was founded in 1981 with professor of Environmental Studies Stephen Gliessman serving as the program’s original director. CASFS is part of the Social Sciences Division of UC Santa Cruz and coordinates the Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture, as well as managing UCSC’s Farm and Alan Chadwick Garden facilities.


Researcher Joji Muramoto has worked with CASFS to help improve organic strawberry production practices.

Through the years, CASFS staff, faculty and students have pioneered organic farming and sustainable food systems research, experiential education, and farm-to-college programs. CASFS efforts include working with local food service directors to develop healthier, more sustainable school food programs; serving UCSC undergraduates with internships, classes and other programs; researching social issues in the food system and new organic farming practices; and developing new land-based learning opportunities for students and the public.


Students in a UCSC Environmental Studies class learn about fruit tree physiology at the Chadwick Garden

Read more about CASFS and its programs at the CASFS website.

The mission of the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems is to research, develop, and advance sustainable food and agricultural systems that are environmentally sound, economically viable, socially responsible, nonexploitative, and that serve as a foundation for future generations.

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