University of San Francisco Envisions Multitude of Educational and Community Opportunities with Purchase of Star Route Farms

USF purchases Star Route Farms in Bolinas, California. Photo credit: Mimi Little

“The excitement connected with this purchase is matched only by the multitude of opportunities we envision for students, faculty, and the local community in the years to come,” said USF President Paul J. Fitzgerald, S.J.

The University of San Francisco (USF) has purchased Star Route Farms, the oldest continuously operating certified organic farm in the state of California. Located in the West Marin community of Bolinas, the 100-acre property is a working farm which has, since the early 1970s, provided organic produce to top Bay Area chefs and restaurants and directly to the community via farmers markets.

“The excitement connected with this purchase is matched only by the multitude of opportunities we envision for students, faculty, and the local community in the years to come,” said USF’s president, Paul J. Fitzgerald, S.J., in making the announcement. “We are grateful to Star Route Farms founder Warren Weber and his wife Amy for entrusting this resource to the university and enabling us to enhance USF’s commitment to environmental and social justice.”

“Amy and I are very pleased and honored that the University of San Francisco will continue the Star Route Farms legacy,” said Weber, who has owned and operated the farm since 1974. “We hope young people, entry-level farmers and farmers around the world who struggle with conventional agriculture will learn from the passion and expertise that USF offers this enterprise.”

Farming operations will continue uninterrupted with the property’s current employees. The university will ultimately develop plans to introduce community partnerships and academic opportunities—ranging from cross-disciplinary research and sustainable agriculture to field learning, community education, and programs focused on nutrition, biodiversity, sea level rise education and more.

“Star Route Farms offers exceptional and diverse resources, and will enhance our teaching, research and service curricula in ways that are consistent with our mission, vision and values,” said Donald E. Heller, USF provost and vice president of academic affairs.

Heller added: “We are excited to…

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