The Redford Conservancy Fellows designed a toolkit with template language to help developers, planners, and community members realize the benefits of farmland preservation in the Inland Empire and beyond.
Finalized by Thomas Martinez and Dahlia Zail, the Fellows consolidated long-term research into a beautiful, user-friendly product.
Below: A closed-loop community design
With landscape architect Linley Green, students conceptualized, described, and designed alternative land use plan for South Ontario to oppose warehouse growth on a 219 acre plot of land. This net zero, closed loop community focused on agroecokogy would include clean energy generation through agrivoltaics and a biodigester, as well as a including mycology center and housing focused around small parcel farms and multi-family homes with shared community gardens and adjacent a biological preserve. We will be studying the feasibility of creating a design like this funded through a combination of state and federal funds, philanthropic donations, and traditional investment.
Regenerative Agriculture Lab
The Regenerative Agriculture Lab will grow capacity for Inland farmers and organizations whose practices nurture communities and the earth. We work with local organizations to build a world beyond industrialized agriculture. We conduct research on sustainable agricultural practices and offer curriculum utilizing justice-based, regenerative principles. We are in the process of learning about local organizations, developing a network of farm-based internships, creating a partnership with the Pitzer student garden, and a hopefully developing a sustainable agriculture track within the EA major. We piloted a farmer training course in April with local food justice organization Huerta del Valle. More to come!
Student Garden Revitalization!
Due to a generous donation, our student garden has been brainstormed and transformed. Follow them on Instagram @pitzerstudentgarden