The Urban Agriculture Community-based Research Experience (U-ACRE) Project offers hands-on community-based research experience for undergraduates, as well as community outreach in areas of food security, nutritional sufficiency, environmental justice, and sustainable agriculture.
The program has a number of community partners, including the Fullerton Arboretum, Ladera Vista Junior High School of the Arts, Hart Community Homes, Inc./Monkey Business Café, Future Foods Farms, the Orange County Food Access Coalition, and the American Heart Association Teaching Gardens program in Santa Ana.
The project supports students and faculty from Cal State Fullerton, Santa Ana College, Fullerton College and UC Santa Barbara. U-ACRE and its partners have received the Washington Center Higher Education Civic Engagement award in 2014, a Golden Bell award from the California School Board Association in 2016, and the Best Practices Award for Sustainability in Academics (Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences) from the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference in 2017.
The project is currently funded by a four-year, Hispanic-Serving Institution grant from the USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture expected to total $1 million.
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Ladybugs help protect crops at the CSUF Learning Farm at the Fullerton Arboretum
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