What We Do
|An immigrant from Laos plants two acres of strawberries, the first time he has farmed in 15 years.
A software engineer becomes a partner in a small farm so he can grow the berbere peppers and specialty kales from his native Ethiopia.
A third-generation farmer expects he’ll sell his farmland for housing developments, until SAGE’s bold plan for an urban-edge agro-ecological reserve inspires him to see a sustainable future for farming on his land.
SAGE envisions a sustainable model of multifunctional agriculture that promotes opportunities for beginning, immigrant and established farmers to grow food at multiple scales and food access for local communities, while conserving natural resources, providing public education and access to open space, and facilitating equitable economic development, community livability and smart growth.
Founded in 2001, SAGE is an entrepreneurial nonprofit that implements its ambitious mission and innovative projects through collaborations with public and private partners.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is multifunctional agriculture?
Multifunctional agriculture refers to the numerous benefits that farming can provide in addition to food production for commerce. These benefits include natural resource conservation, access to open space and agricultural greenbelts, jobs and job training, formal and informal education, food security, community vitality and livability.
- Who are SAGE’s partners?
SAGE works in collaboration with public agencies, farmers, educators, conservationists, economists, planners, developers, public-interest advocacy organizations, and community groups from urban and rural areas.
- Where does SAGE work?
While the majority of our projects are located in the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California, SAGE’s models can be replicated in other metro-regions across the U.S. Our publications glean lessons learned that can be applied in other locations.
- How can I visit SAGE’s Sunol AgPark?
Schedule a field trip for a school, class or community group, attend an upcoming event, volunteer at a Field Day, join our mailing list, or visit during open hours.
- How can I support local sustainable agriculture in my area?
Get involved in SAGE’s programs. Check out SAGE’s California Ag Almanac for more opportunities or find other resources.
- Where can I hear SAGE Founder and President Sibella Kraus speak?
For a list of upcoming speaking engagements and events, please click here.