The Graduate Certificate in Food Systems empowers new leaders with the capacity to create innovative solutions to pressing food and agriculture challenges. Building on UC Berkeley’s strength as a cross-disciplinary pioneer in food systems studies, the Graduate Certificate in Food Systems prepares masters and doctoral students to think critically about the multi-level, multi-system factors that impact food production, distribution, and consumption locally, nationally, and globally.
Empowering the next food systems leaders
Students at UC Berkeley play an integral role in building our vision for a just and equitable food system. Our educational programming consists of on-campus and virtual educational events, workshops, and trainings. We offer administrative support to Berkeley Student Farms. We have helped design a Graduate Certificate in Food Systems and Food Systems Minor. We hire student staff, provide fellowships to students, and incorporate experiential, land-based learning into our programming.
Education Program Highlights
Graduate Certificate in Food Systems
Food Systems Minor
The Food Systems Minor is an interdisciplinary program of study that explores the role of food within society and the environment. Launched in Fall 2015 and hosted by the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at the Rausser College of Natural Resources, the minor draws from diverse fields, such as ecology, sociology, nutrition, history, and economics.
We are an ardent supporter of urban agriculture. In 2020, students organized and launched Berkeley Student Farms, a coalition of seven student-led garden and farm spaces on the UC Berkeley campus. To provide institutional support to Berkeley Student Farms, we staff a full time Agroecology and Wellness Coordinator to serve as a technical and skill-building mentor for students and the land.