UC Davis Student Farm Director

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Position description and application: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF04747

Deadline extended to May 30, 2022 (initial review date May 14, 2022)

Position type: Academic Coordinator 3 (requires a Masters degree)

The UC Davis Agricultural Sustainability Institute is looking for the next Director of the Student Farm. The UC Davis Student Farm was created by students in 1977 and sits under the Agricultural Sustainability Institute and College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. The Student Farm’s Mission (which was co-created with students) is “to hold a space where students can learn, practice, and model an ecologically, socially, and economically sustainable agriculture and food system. The Student Farm welcomes all students to build this more equitable and just farm and food system by cultivating student initiatives, leadership, experiential learning, and inclusive communities.” Learn more about this special university place of learning below.

The Student Farm is an educational organic farm and garden that grows, sells and donates mixed vegetables, fruit and flowers to the campus community – especially students. The Student Farm employs 4-6 non-student staff, ~25 student employees who lead and learn as peer-mentors, and hosts 40-60 interns each quarter who receive academic credit for their time at the farm. Students learn about organic mixed vegetable production, ecological horticulture, food justice, breeding for organic systems, farm and garden based experiential learning methods for K-5 children, and much more as they explore this living classroom through experiential learning.

Both undergraduate and graduate students are engaged at the farm and come from a variety of disciplines. Students join us from Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems, Environmental Science and Management, Plant Sciences (Agroecology), Entomology, Geography, Nutrition, Community and Regional Development, Chicana/o Studies, Native American Studies, Asian American Studies, and African American and African Studies, Agricultural and Environmental Education, the School of Education, the College of Engineering, and more. We also work with faculty in some of these majors and departments to conduct research at the Student Farm and collaborate with our neighbors as part of the Sustainable Living and Learning Communities neighborhood.

Committed to supporting students in receiving a holistic education, the Student Farm also works closely with student support services on campus, including the student run Pantry, the Aggie Compass Basic Needs Center, the Educational Opportunity Program which supports First Generation Students, the Student Affairs Academic Retention Initiatives, and the Centers affiliated with the Community Resource and Retention Centers. Learn more on our website: https://asi.ucdavis.edu/programs/sf or the Instagram Pages we manage or are affiliated with: @ucdstudentfarm @ucdfreshfocus @ucdscopeproject @ucdsllc @ucdaggiesgrowvegies @aapiseedstewards

Ryan Galt
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