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  •  Ecopia Farms: Growing More with Less

    April 29th, 5:00pm, Lucas Hall, Forbes 126

    Ecopia Farms is a local farm researching ultra-low water use methods for agricultural production. The USDA reports that the average head of lettuce requires more than 75 gallons of water to reach harvest. Ecopia Farms uses less than 12 ounces of water per head. This reduces the use of precious water by over 97% compared to conventional farm practices. Dan Perez will discuss their research and explain how ultra-low water methods could be one of the answers to decreasing water usage in California and worldwide.

  •  Thirsty Earth: The Impact of the Drought on Farming

    April 3rd, 5:00pm, Lucas Hall, Forbes 126


    Thirsty Earth will feature a small-scale farmer, Marsha Habib, owner of Oya Organics, and a large-scale farmer, Greg Pruett, CEO of Ingomar Packing Company, discussing the impact of the drought on their farms, potential options for accessing water in agricultural areas, and alternatives for their farms in the future.

  •  Water Policy: Deciding the Who and How Much

    April 2nd, 5:00pm, Lucas Hall, Forbes 126

    Representatives from the California Department of Water Resources, Santa Clara Valley Water District, the San Jose Water Company, and the Santa Clara University Facilities Department will discuss state, county, city, and university perspectives of the California drought, water rights, and allocation and conservation measures.

  •  Food, Hunger, Poverty, Environment Immersion Cuba

     This course blends short lectures, guided discussions and reflections and a 14-day immersion in Cuba interacting with local people of diverse backgrounds. BUSN 151 satisfies the Experiential Learning Social Justice requirement. The goal is to increase students’ understanding of the challenges associated with equitably distributing the rewards of economic development within the socio-cultural and environmental contexts of a low-income Latin-American country. The trip will be September 4-18, 2014, and the dates and locations of the trip are subject to change.

    Click here for the application.

    Application deadline is February 5th, 2014 at 5 p.m. to the Food & Agribusiness Institute, Lucas Hall 111 or by email to We will notify selected participants no later than February 14th, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.  


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