By UC Davis News and Media Relations on January 16, 2020
"UC Davis Chancellor Gary S. May today (Jan. 16) joined chef and food advocate Alice Waters and Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg to announce a new collaboration and an anchor tenant for Aggie Square, UC Davis’ planned innovation hub on the university’s Sacramento campus.
The new Alice Waters Institute for Edible Education at the University of California, Davis, will bring together experts from across disciplines such as education, health care, agriculture, policy and business to create new solutions for healthy, sustainable and equitable food systems.
The new collaboration unites the research prowess of the UC system’s most comprehensive university with the storied success of Waters’ Berkeley-based Edible Schoolyard Project.
'I am thrilled that Alice Waters will bring her expertise and commitment to Aggie Square,' May said. 'Leaders at our School of Education and throughout UC Davis are eager to build on the Edible Schoolyard Project’s success to help students feel more connected to the food we eat. This will be a space for food education like no other.'
The 25-year-old Edible Schoolyard Project, Waters said, 'has cultivated a delicious revolution in how we prepare the next generation to make food choices that nourish themselves, their communities and our planet.'
'This new, unique collaboration with UC Davis gives us an opportunity to achieve lasting and transformative impact,' she said.
Mayor Steinberg said: 'Alice Waters is an ideal partner for UC Davis and the city of Sacramento as we work to diversify and expand our economy and connect it to neighborhoods that have historically been left out.'"