BFI is a lead evaluation partner for the California Farm to School Incubator Grant Program, administered by the California Department of Agriculture. As of 2022-23, California has made the largest investment of any state in the country in farm to school programs, allocating approximately $100 million over three years. We are honored to take part in measuring the success of this project and sharing our results with the public, school officials, students, and policymakers.
Supporting interdisciplinary food systems research
Academic research plays a central role in our mission to leverage UC Berkeley resources to shape a just California food system. At UC Berkeley, research is undertaken within several types of organizations, including academic departments, institutes and centers, and field stations. BFI Affiliated Faculty and Staff represent labs and research organizations throughout a variety of departments and organizations on campus. These organizations also consist of postdoctoral scholars, research scientists, and graduate and undergraduate students conducting original research and collaborating with scientists throughout the UC system and beyond.
This interdisciplinary research community generates knowledge that informs how we understand and shape food systems. Through grants, trainings, fellowships, and other forms of funding, we support our research community and lean on their work to inform our programming.
Research Program Highlights
California Farm to School Incubator Grant Program Evaluation
Seed Grant Program
The Berkeley Food Institute Seed Grant Program supports innovative, collaborative, and interdisciplinary research projects that work to empower new food and agriculture leaders with capacities to cultivate diverse, just, resilient, and healthy food systems. Grant recipients are engaged in critical, cross-functional research projects at UC Berkeley and beyond.
UC Berkeley Foodscape Mapping Project
From 2015 to 2021, the Building Equitable and Inclusive Food Systems at UC Berkeley project brought together hundreds of collaborators from across campus to bridge the gaps between our campus food system and the communities it serves. The resulting democratically-produced, dynamic UC Berkeley Foodscape Map catalogues the food-related services and facilities on campus.