Berkeley Student Farms grows more than food

March 23, 2021

Founded in 2020, Berkeley Student Farms (BSF) is a coalition of student-run gardens dedicated to giving student-farmers ownership over the foods they grow, reconnecting to the land’s indigenous heritage, and empowering leadership, collaboration, and onsite learning. Over 50 percent of its produce is given to the UC Berkeley Food Pantry, which offers emergency food relief to students and other members of the Cal community. In the video below, student leaders Moe Sumino ’23, Diego Morales ’22, and Ameia Smith ’24 comment on what the gardens grow—from organic vegetables to new friendships to a deeper sense of purpose. Also featured are students gaining hands on experience as a part of Assistant Professor Tim Bowles's popular agroecology class.

Support BSF through the Berkeley Food Institute, or learn more about the coalition.

—This article was adapted from a Light the Way feature