SAGE collaborates with partners and clients to develop foodshed and agricultural economic viability assessments, implementation and business plans, place-based projects, toolkits, and conceptual frameworks that support and promote a sustainable food system. Our partners and clients include public agencies, land trusts, farmers and agricultural associations, planning and economic consultancy firms, public-interest organizations, educators, health experts, and urban and rural community groups.

The SAGE portfolio includes projects we have led, co-led and on which we have been a subcontractor.

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Santa Clara Valley Agricultural Plan

Funded through the California Climate Investments Program, the Santa Clara Valley Agricultural Plan, is a collaboration between the County of Santa Clara and the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority and other consultants and stakeholders. It was approved by the County Board of Supervisors on January 9, 2018. This landmark plan – the first of … Continued

Vision for a San Mateo County Food and Farm Bill

In San Mateo County, SAGE led research and stakeholder engagement to develop a vision to support a strong and resilient food and farm system. This project, recently concluded, was contracted by the County of San Mateo Health System and was produced in close collaboration with the San Mateo County Food System Alliance. San Mateo County … Continued

Agricultural Workforce Housing Needs Assessment for San Mateo County (2015-16)

Client. San Mateo County through a subcontract with BAE Urban Economics The Agricultural Workforce Housing Needs Assessment for San Mateo County is soliciting extensive input from farm employers, farm workers and agricultural experts.  The result will be a report describing existing conditions, needs and challenges and outlining recommendations, which will be presented to the County … Continued

Alameda Point Main Street Specific Plan, Agriculture Consultant (2015-16)

Lead consultants: Urban Planning Partners; Cultivate Studio; Community Design + Architecture; BAE Urban Economics; McKinney; Page & Turnbull Client: City of Alameda The 100-acre site is part of the conversion of a former Naval Air Station.  The program includes new housing alongside preservation of existing historic housing stock, incorporation of significant existing and new urban … Continued

Food Works (2015-2016)

Download the PDF here Funders:  Funding for the Food Works project is provided by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, 11th Hour Project, San Jose Department of Housing and Santa Clara County Open Space Authority.  An award from the Local Food Promotion Program of the USDA Agricultural Marketing Services Agency funds the exploration … Continued

Growing Roots: Deepening Support for Diverse New Farmers and Ranchers in California (2015-2018)

Funder: United States Department of Food and Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (Sub-award of UC Berkeley) Partners: UC Berkeley, The National Center for Appropriate Technology, (NCAT), Sustainable Agriculture Education (SAGE), the Alameda County Resource Conservation District (ACRCD), UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE) for Alameda, Contra Costa, and Santa Clara Counties Date … Continued

Public & Farmers Market Consultation Projects (2001-Present)

Clients and Partners, include: Project for Public Spaces, Detroit’s Eastern Market, Creative Housing Associates, BAE Urban Economics Date of projects: 2006-09 SAGE’s staff has considerable expertise in the arena of public markets and farmers’ markets, based on many years of experience planning and managing them. SAGE president and founder Sibella Kraus created the acclaimed San Francisco … Continued

Sunol Water Temple Agricultural Park

Primary Partners: San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), Alameda Resource Conservation District (ACRCD) Funders:  SFPUC, Columbia Foundation, USDA Risk Management Agency, San Francisco Foundation, Clorox Foundation, Banberry Fund, Robertson FamilyFund Dates of project: 2006 – 2016 The Sunol Water Temple AgPark is a collaborative farm that provides land access and technical assistance for diverse beginning … Continued

Revitalizing Specialty Crop Agriculture in the Coyote Valley (2013-2016)

Funder: California Department of Food and Agriculture, Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Partners: Santa Clara County Open Space Authority; Silicon Valley Land Conservancy; Santa Clara County Farm Bureau; USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS); Guadalupe-Coyote Resource Conservation District (RCD); Loma Prieta RCD; Santa Clara County Agriculture Commissioner’s Office  Date of project: 2013-2016 Located on the outskirts of … Continued

Bay Area Farm Trail Feasibility Study (2014)

Funder: Mary A. Crocker Trust Partner: GreenInfo Network Date of project: 2014 Sustainable Agriculture Education (SAGE) conducted a Feasibility Study for a Bay Area Farm Trail.  The purpose of the Bay Area Farm Trail would be to promote as an integrated resource the existing farm, cheese and wine trails, as well as other agricultural destinations, … Continued

Cultivating a New Generation of Farmers at the Urban Edge (2011-2014)

Funder: United States Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Partners: Alameda County Resource Conservation District (ACRCD) Date/time period of project: 2011-2014 In collaboration with the Alameda County Resource Conservation District, SAGE managed a three-year USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program grant that provided technical assistance … Continued

Mid Peninsula Regional Open Space District Vision Plan (2013)

Client: Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District Date of Project: 2013 The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District preserves a regional greenbelt of open space land, protects the natural environment, and provides opportunities for public recreation and environmental education for the San Francisco Peninsula and South Bay, as well as the broader Bay Area region. The District … Continued

Santa Clara County Open Space Authority Conservation Vision (2012-2013)

Partner: Santa Clara County Open Space Authority Date of project: 2012-2013   The Greenprint, developed by the Santa Clara County Open Space Authority, is a long-term Conservation Vision for Santa Clara County that identifies critical areas for land conservation and comprehensive strategies to protect natural habitat, conserve water resources, sustain agricultural lands and ensure livable … Continued

Chino Hills Open Space Management Plan (2012)

The Chino Hills Open Space Management Plan was a multi‐faceted effort to preserve, enhance and manage the City of Chino Hills’ 3,000 acres of community open space. Funded by a Sustainable Communities Grant from the State of California Strategic Growth Council, the Plan addressed the following topics: habitat enhancement and protection; mitigation banking; alternative energy generation; hillside development policies; and agricultural resources and opportunities. SAGE was the agricultural consultant...

California Agriculture Almanac (2011)

Calagalmanac.org Funder: California Department of Food and Agriculture, Specialty Crop Block Grant  Partners: GreenInfo Network, The Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture, Community of Alliance for Family Farmers,  Johnny’s Selected Seeds, KnowACaliforniaFarmer.com, Marin Agricultural Land Trust, Om Organics, UC Small Farm Program Date of project: 2011 The California Agricultural Almanac is an interactive web-based … Continued

Oeste Farms Agricultural Conservancy Feasibility Study (2010)

Client: Oeste Ranch Partners, LLC Date of project: 2010 Oeste Ranch is a 600-acre parcel of land located in Yolo County, at the edge of the city of Davis. Formerly part of the historic, multi-generation farm holdings of the Oeste family, today the land is owned by Oeste Ranch Partners LLC. Currently, two local farmers … Continued

Green Valley Agricultural Conservancy (2008-2009)

Client: Solano County Planning Department Partners: Hart Howerton  (lead), Economic Planning Systems Date of project: SAGE provided consultation services on the agricultural component of the Specific Plan for Middle Green Valley, a 2,000-acre plan area in Solano County, that balances limited development with agricultural conservation. The Green Valley Agricultural Conservancy, for which SAGE developed a … Continued

Agricultural Conservancy for Angwin Ecovillage (2005-2008)

SAGE assisted in the development of a business plan for a 70-acre working farm as an integral part of the environmental, economic, and social sustainability of a proposed Ecovillage infill/expansion project in a small college town in Napa County.

Fresno’s South East Growth Area Plan (2008)

SAGE consulted with Calthorpe Associates on the development of community farming and local food systems as significant, integral elements in the sustainability of a proposed 13,000-acre City expansion. SAGE’s report included case studies and a typology for a range of urban agriculture and community farming systems.