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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Sonoma County Land Access and Farm Business Viability for Limited-Resource Farmers Study (2022-23)

The Land Access and Farm Business Viability for Limited-Resource Farmers: Assessment of Conditions and Opportunities in Sonoma County is being produced for the Sonoma County Ag + Open Space District (Ag + Open Space), with input from diverse Sonoma County agricultural stakeholders, and in partnership with Sustainable Agriculture Education (SAGE) and University of California Cooperative … Continued

Coachella Valley Land Access & Farm Business Viability for Limited Resource Farmers Study (2021)

Sustainable Agriculture Education (SAGE) and California FarmLink and produced the study, Land Access & Business Viability for Limited-Resource Farmers: Assessment of Conditions in the Coachella Valley The study developed and demonstrates a much-needed, replicable framework for assessing various agricultural areas in California in terms of the conditions most favorable for limited-resource farmers to develop successful, … Continued

Regen 1 Alliance (2021 – present)

Alongside growers, agronomists, technical service providers and major buyers, SAGE is involved in developing the Regen1 Alliance (R1A). Our coalition has a mission to create a farmer-focused, evidence-backed, place-based, and market-driven community platform to rapidly scale the adoption of climate-smart agriculture. We see regenerative, climate-smart agriculture as a systems- and place-based approach that restores ecosystems, … Continued

Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Planning projects (2021-23)

SAGE is on multidisciplinary consultant teams developing Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation program (SALC) plans for two California counties. These efforts share the goal of investing in agriculture as a long-term strategy to enhance community resilience and minimize the impacts of climate change . The Ventura County Sustainable Agriculture Conservation Planning Strategy, now midway,  links the enhancement of the working … Continued

Framework for a Bay Area Agricultural Plan (2022-23)

SAGE is initiating the development of a Framework for a Bay Area Regional Agricultural Plan. This project will bring together key stakeholders to catalyze multi-jurisdictional coordination and investments to make the San Francisco Bay Area’s agricultural sector a foundation of regional resilience. The Framework will build on and integrate with existing strategic plans, in particular … Continued

Santa Clara Valley Agricultural Plan (2017)

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 (2015-16)

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

San Jose 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...