Yale Sustainable Food Program

Mission

On the farm, in the classroom, and around the world, the Yale Sustainable Food Program grows food literate leaders.

Food offers us the opportunity to engage with the world around us. By gathering people around a common table, the Yale Sustainable Food Program encourages interdisciplinary learning and creative as well as critical thinking. It inspires big questions and crucial research that addresses our pressing need for more sustainable food systems.

The Sustainable Food Program stewards two small farms for learning and research, one on Yale’s main campus and the other at Yale’s West Campus Landscape Lab. We support both curricular and extra-curricular learning, and serve as a hub to connect Yale’s students to opportunities for study and practice in food, health, and the environment.

Who We Work With

The YSFP is one of the Special Academic Programs housed in the Yale College Dean’s Office. While the majority of students who work with the YSFP are enrolled in Yale College, we also work with students and faculty in Yale’s graduate and professional schools, notably with the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, the Law School, the Divinity School, and the School of Management, and in collaboration with the Yale Landscape Lab at West Campus, the schools of Nursing, Medicine, and Public Health. Under the auspices of several laboratories, programs, and centers, students enrolled in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences conduct disciplinary research on a range of agriculture and food topics. In partnership with these groups, the YSFP collaborates on a range of initiatives that span across disciplines and levels of study.

Food systems work is always community-engaged work, whether it is framed as primarily theoretical or practical. The YSFP supports community-driven change, and do not presume that our staff or students are the best people to assess, prioritize, or drive change that is distant from their expertise and homes. To this end, we provide awards and fellowships for Yale students to listen to and learn from community-based and community-engaged experts in the wider New Haven area and around the world, whether associated with civil society, public sector, or private sector organizations. We encourage students to act in service of community-identified needs. In accordance with this approach to community engagement, the YSFP generally does not directly initiate new service programs, but rather, seeks to situate students in the field and on the ground in support of established community-based organizations.

Annual Reports

The YSFP (formerly “Yale Sustainable Food Project”) prepared and printed annual reports from 2005 until 2012. For the 2013-14 season, a ten year retrospective book was published. Please contact us to request hard copies of these reports or our ten-year commemorative book. PDF versions of the retrospective and recent annual reports are available for download below.

YSFP 10th Anniversary Logo
10th Anniversary Retrospective Booklet
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2012 Annual Report 2011 Annual Report 2010 Annual Report