Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 71.18
Liaison Camille Kirk
Submission Date Sept. 13, 2013
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University of California, Davis
SD-2: Food Education

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete N/A Camille Kirk
Director of Sustainability and Campus Sustainability Planner
Office of Sustainability
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Are students educated in an academic class about how to make eco-positive food choices?:
Yes

Provide a brief description:

Food Science and Technology 10, an undergraduate course, covers a variety of food science, folklore and health topics, including organic foods and vegetarianism. In addition, UC Davis students can choose to major in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems.


Are students educated in dining facilities about how to make eco-positive food choices?:
Yes

Provide a brief description:

UC Davis offers many gardens, large and small, for campus and community members to be involved with organic or sustainable gardening. Among them are the Student Farm, the Experimental College Community Garden, the Plant and Environmental Sciences Salad Bowl Garden, and the Resident Garden at Segundo.

The Resident Garden at Segundo is a space for all on-campus residents to learn about edible plants, how they are grown and cared for and how they can be prepared after harvesting! The garden also provides an opportunity for student leadership and community involvement. The Resident Garden is located in the Segundo Resident Area between Bixby Hall and Segundo Dining Commons.

In 1977, UC Davis students created the Student Farm to get hands-on experience in sustainable agriculture. It is now a certified organic farm, with a popular Community Supported Agriculture program, Student Harvests, that has a wait list, and a Market Garden, which sells produce to the Coffee House, Dining Services, and at the on-campus Farmers Market. It is also a key resource for and part of the new Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems major.


Are students educated during orientation about how to make eco-positive food choices?:
Yes

Provide a brief description:

Menu signage in the dining facilities help students make choices that may be more eco-positive, whether it be to eat lower on the food chain (vegan/vegetarian menu coding), choose less processed and/or more nutrient dense foods (Happy Healthy Apple menu coding) or items that are local and/or sustainable (menu descriptors or grower profiles at platforms).


Are students educated in other venues about how to make eco-positive food choices?:
Yes

Provide a brief description:

During their time in the dining halls during freshman and transfer student orientation, there is a lot of information provided about how to 'navigate' their way through the Resident Dining facilities. The focus is on healthful choices, sustainable choices and balanced plates.


Is there a program by which students are encouraged to and/or taught how to grow their own food?:
Yes

Provide a brief description of the program:

The Resident Garden at Segundo is a space for all on-campus residents to learn about edible plants, how they are grown and cared for and how they can be prepared after harvesting! The garden also provides an opportunity for student leadership and community involvement.


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