BFI is dedicated to incorporating a racial equity lens into every aspect of our work. We are committed to implementing planning strategies within our core programs of research, education, community engagement, and policy. 


  • For the first time, racial equity is incorporated into the 2021 Seed Grant RFP, released in October 2021.


  • BFI is is collaborating with the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management to conduct an Anti-Racist Assessment of the Food Systems Minor.
  • The Foodscape Mapping Project is a participatory, justice-oriented research and learning platform that uses the UC Berkeley campus as a living laboratory for students, staff, and faculty to generate food systems knowledge while simultaneously developing practical interventions to advance equity in the campus foodscape.
  • BFI has partnered with the Berkeley Student Farms on “Land as Wellness: Student-led food, medicine, healing, and agroecology,” a project that seeks to provide mindfulness and therapeutic experiences to students within BSF’s BIPOC-led gardens.

Community Engagement

We have held a series of events since our founding that focused on racial equity. Please read more here: 


Building on the racial equity focus of our 2017 Farm Bill Symposium and Special Issue of Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems, we are currently developing priorities for the 2023 Farm Bill. Our last three policy publications have incorporated racial equity as a core part of their analysis and recommendations. Read more here: