The Berkeley Student Farms coalition is a transparent and democratic student-led and community-based organization that prioritizes movement building, meaningful inclusion, and equitable distribution of food, land, and knowledge through collective action and resistance. The coalition utilizes ecological land management to create a network of sites dedicated to anti-oppression and student basic needs, in order to produce thriving safe spaces for experiential education and food justice in the Bay Area. Read about our values here.
We acknowledge that our farms & gardens are built on unceded Lisjan Ohlone land in the Village of Huichin, and that they continue to benefit from the legacy and structure of settler colonialism. We are committed to their decolonization and thus to supporting the rematriation of the land.
The Sogorea Te Land Trust is an urban Indigenous-women led organization that facilitates the return of Indigenous land to Indigenous people. We shed light on their incredible work as they share the same values of decolonizing our land, specifically in the Bay Area. Learn more here.
Learn what Native land you may exist on here.
Berkeley Student Farms land stewardship, education, and research support agroecology – the study and practice of applying ecological prinicples to agricultural systems. BSF farming approaches are focused on fostering healthy soil communities, conserving resources, and promoting biodiversity of the surrounding natural landscapes, all while maximizing abundance.
Berkeley Student Farms main areas of interest within the study of agroecology include:
No-till bed prep practices
Using natural systems to improve drought resilience of crops
Companion planting as pest control
Cover cropping with annuals and perennials
Designed with insight from the University Health Services department, Basic Needs Center, and the Berkeley Food Institute, most of the gardens are equipped with these signages in their spaces. Following these protocols are essential to protect the health of volunteers and the wide Berkeley community. Our protocols can also be found here.