Measure 43 Initiative

Measure 43 Opportunities

Measure 43 Speaker Funding Available for 2014—Winter Quarter Deadline is January 17, 2014; Spring Quarter Deadline is April 18, 2014

UCSC undergraduate students are invited to apply for Measure 43 funds to support visiting speakers whose topic is related to food, health and wellness, and who will engage UCSC students. The application deadline is January 17, 2014 for Winter Quarter awards and April 18, 2014 for Spring Quarter awards. Your request(s) will be reviewed promptly and awarded applicants will be notified one week following each quarter's application deadline.

For details and the application form, click here.

About Measure 43

In the spring of 2010, UC Santa Cruz undergraduate students voted to institute a new student fee to fund Measure 43, the Sustainable Food, Health and Wellness Initiative. The measure passed with a 69% majority in an election that saw more than 42% of undergraduate students turn out to vote, setting a new campus record for voter turnout!

The fee generates more than $100,000 a year, administered by the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems in conjunction with student and faculty representatives. Read a UCSC press release about the programs, grants and activities supported by Measure 43 during its first year. 

Fees support a variety of activities, including Research and Education Grants and a Speakers Fund (see more information, below).

How Will Measure 43 Funds Be Used?

Measure 43 will ensure that all undergraduate students have access to education and programs that enhance their understanding of the food system and their food choices, and that increase opportunities for classes, workshops, “learning journeys,” hands-on gardening experiences, and other campus activities.

Here are some examples of the types of activities supported by Measure 43 funds –

  • Student research grants and program development on issues of nutrition, health, sustainable food systems, and garden- and farm-based learning at UCSC.
  • Forums on campus featuring professionals, scholars, and youth leaders working towards a more just and sustainable food system
  • Student-centered, hands-on learning on campus farm and gardens, at CASFS, and in partnership with other campus-based classes and programs such as the Program in Community & Agroecology (PICA). See the 2013-2014 Campus Food and Garden Guide for details.
  • The annual Fall Harvest Festival (September 28, 2014) and Strawberries & Social Justice Event (Spring 2014), held at the UCSC Farm, and the Sustainable Food Interactive tent that takes place at the OPERS Fall Festival (September 23, 2014)
  • Support for Registered Student Organizations to sponsor special events and activities related to the food system.
  • Support and scholarships for field trips, classes, and student activities through the Food System Learning Journeys, featuring experiential and hands-on learning in partnership with the OPERS Recreation Department (see the OPERS Recreation, Intramural and Sports Guide)
  • Low-cost entry to gardening workshops sponsored by CASFS and the Friends of the UCSC Farm & Garden (see Upcoming Events).
  • The annual Alternative spring break trip, sponsored through OPERS. The 2014 spring break trip will explore Maui's farms and food systems; registration opens January 9, 2014.
  • Service learning opportunities in our community
  • Food system-based classes

Funded by Measure 43, the annual Campus Food and Garden Guide serves as a resource and educational tool for the student population at UCSC, on and off campus, and lists details of the various campus gardens and how students can get involved in gardening and other actvities through volunteering, internships and classes.

How Can You Get Involved?

As a UCSC undergraduate, there are a variety of ways to get involved in activities funded by Measure 43.

  • In Fall 2014 a call for proposals will be launched with criteria for students and registered student organizations to apply for resources to support research, education, and outreach initiatives for the 2015 academic year. The deadline to apply is December 15, 2014. See below for grants that were awarded in past years.
  • In addition, existing internship and program efforts noted in the measure will continue to provide exciting opportunities and pathways for you to grow and be engaged!
  • Noted events and programs sponsored by Measure 43 in 2014 will be announced on the Measure 43 Upcoming Events page and on the CASFS calendar

For more information please contact Tim Galarneau at or 831.459-3248

Education, Research, and Speaker Funding Supported by Measure 43

Measure 43 Education & Research Funding Available for 2013-2014—Deadline to apply has passed; look for 2014-2015 call for applications in September 2014

UCSC undergraduate students are invited to apply for Measure 43 funds to support education and research projects whose topic is related to food, health and wellness, and that will engage UCSC students. The application deadline for the 2013-2014 academic year has passed; look for the 2014-2015 call for proposals in September 2014. See below for a list of projects funded in past years.

2013 Measure 43 Research and Education Grant Funds Awarded

Program in Community Agroecology (PICA): Measure 43 awarded funds for PICA’s 2013 Summer Garden Internships and site-specific positions to advance agroecology, sustainability, and community building efforts.

College Eight Garden: The College Eight Garden used their Measure 43 funds to engage more students in hands-on, experiential garden-based learning through the continued construction of an interactive greenhouse and tool shed in addition to their ongoing classes and events!.

ESLP Speaker Dinners: Measure 43 funds helped make possible the 2013 Spring Speaker Series and organic dinner forums for the Education for Sustainable Living Program.

Gaia Magazine: Students involved with the 2013 publication of Gaia Magazine used their funds to continue engaging the campus community with sustainability through an attractive media focus. The 2013 edition emphasized food systems, including sustainable shopping tips and recipes for students on small budget.

Gardeners Alliance Workshops and Trainings: The Gardeners Alliance has been awarded funds by Measure 43 to plan and execute a series of garden-based workshops throughout the year. Through the continuation of a garden-based needs assessment, these funds will be channeled toward workshops emphasizing gardening skills that have not been present in previous workshop settings. 

World Cafe: Measure 43 provided funding for the direct purchase of food and equipment for the World Cafe certified kitchen. World Cafe programs and events will be able to  provide campus groups and organizations with a space to prepare meals in connection with their educational events. So for all student groups looking for a great place to host your event reach out to Kresge to use this incredible space!

2012 Measure 43 Research and Education Grant Funds Awarded

  • Program in Community and Agroecology Chancellor's Undergraduate Intern Position: $5,000
  • College 8 Garden Expansion/Coordinator: $4,400
  • ESLP Dinners/Speakers: $600
  • CAN Scholarships for Food and Justice Spring Break Field Study to the Yucatan: $5,000
  • UCSC Demeter Seed Library: $2,100
  • Dining's UCSC Farm Fridays: $1,600
  • Green Chef Competition: $1,600
  • Kresge's World Café Team: $1,000

2011 Measure 43 Research and Education Grant Funds Awarded

  • Family Student Housing Garden Project: $2,815
  • Student Environmental Media Project – Gaia Magazine: $1,000
  • Kresge Natural Food Cooperative Project: $925
  • Stevenson College Garden Project: $1,000
  • Calabasas School Garden Project: $2,275
  • Program in Community and Agroecology (PICA) Chancellor’s Undergraduate Intern Position: $5,000
  • College 8 Garden Coordinator: $2,000
  • Water Bottle Conservation Project – "Take Back the Tap”: $4,570
  • Education for Sustainable Living Project (ESLP) Food and Education Project: $1,000
  • UCSC Gardens Display Project: $2,200
  • Urban Agriculture and Aquaponics Project: $1,000