News and Events
BFF Colloquium Series: Healing Grounds - Climate, Justice, and the Deep Roots of Regenerative Farming
Featuring Liz Carlisle, Associate Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara
Friday, November 17, 2023, 3:30 p.m. in AL 101
Professor Carlisle will be sharing insights from her book, Healing Grounds: Climate, Justice, and the Deep Roots of Regenerative Farming. In Healing Grounds, she tells the stories of Indigenous, Black, Latinx, and Asian American farmers who are reviving their ancestors’ methods of growing food— techniques long suppressed by the industrial food system. These farmers are restoring native prairies, nurturing beneficial fungi, and enriching soil health. While feeding their communities and revitalizing cultural ties to land, they are steadily stitching ecosystems back together and repairing the natural carbon cycle. This, Carlisle shows, is the true regenerative agriculture – not merely a set of technical tricks for storing CO2 in the ground, but a holistic approach that values diversity in both plants and people.
BFF Colloquium Series: The Development of Algae as a Source of Alternative Protein
Featuring Miller Tran, Founding Director of Triton Algae Innovation
Friday, October 27, 2023, 3:30 p.m. in AL 101
Dr. Miller Tran co-founded Triton, an algae biotechnology company, in April of 2013. Currently serving as Triton’s Vice President of Research and Development, he leads the pioneering efforts to transform microalgae into future food and sustainable ingredients.
Dr. Tran received his doctorate in Biology from the University of California, San Diego under the guidance of Dr. Stephen P. Mayfield. There he developed genetic tools and scale-up strategies that would facilitate the production of the next generation of bio-products. Dr. Tran has published 20 peer reviewed articles and has been granted dozens of patents worldwide.
Wednesday, October 18, 2023, 12 p.m. in Music 245
Scholarships, travel grants, and more to support undergraduate and graduate students interested in food and agriculture. Exciting educational opportunities coming to SDSU!
Interdisciplinary team-taught courses:
- CAL400: Transnational Approaches to Sustainable Food Futures
- ENV S 496: Sustainable Agriculture
- Paid summer bi-national internships in San Diego, Baja California, and Oaxaca, Mexico with Professors Flores-Renteria, Love, Liu, and Perez)
- Paid internships in San Diego or Imperial Valley with Profs. Biggs, Quandt, and Joassart
- Interdisciplinary research experiences in sustainable food and agriculture
- Faculty and peer mentoring for undergraduate and graduate students in food-related disciplines
Press Coverage for Our Research
BFF co-director Pascale Joassart-Marcelli discusses her research on the relationship between food, ethnicity, and gentrification in an interview with David Broncaccio on MaketPlace Morning Edition on National Public Radio MarketPlace.
BFF faculty Dr. Changqi Liu and Dr. Jing Zhao are recognized in an article in SDSU NewsCenter for their research in sustainable superfood. Read about “Galatic Guacomole.”
Coverage for Our USDA Grant
The Center received a $1 million USDA Grant to support sustainable food and agriculture training for Latinx students. The grant is a partnership between SDSU and San Diego Mesa College and will provide career pathways to students from community college through graduate school.