CUESA’s programs inspire healthy eating, connect eaters with farmers, and nurture an alternative to our industrial food system.
As a mission-driven nonprofit, CUESA relies on the generous support of our volunteers, donors, and sponsors to make these programs possible. Learn more about how you can get involved »
Foodwise Kids is a free program for elementary school classes that uses the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market as a classroom for empowering the next generation of healthy eaters. Through comparative tastings, exploring the market, and a hands-on cooking lesson, we nurture children’s love for fruits and vegetables, teach them to prepare healthy, seasonal foods, and raise their awareness of their role in a sustainable food system. Learn more »
Schoolyard to Market, a youth development and entrepreneurship program, gives high school students the opportunity to grow produce and vegetable seedlings in their school gardens and sell them at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Students learn about gardening, sustainability, and nutrition and gain valuable job skills in business, marketing, and sales. Learn more »
CUESA offers a variety of free cooking demos, low-cost cooking classes, and seasonal celebrations to connect you with local chefs, farmers, and food crafters, deepen your kitchen confidence and know-how, and build community around healthy, seasonal food. Learn more »
The Food Shed gives curious shoppers the opportunity to deepen their understanding of sustainable food systems by exploring topics such as the drought, biodiversity, food labeling, and more. CUESA’s education tent includes rotating interactive exhibits and activities for all ages. Learn more »
What better way to learn about where your food comes from than to visit the place where it was produced? Each year, CUESA offers about six full-day excursions to explore the farms and facilities of our farmers market sellers. Through CUESA’s tour program, participants see, taste, and learn about their food first-hand, guided by the farmers and producers themselves. Most tours have two stops, some include hands-on experiences (like kitchen skills classes and U-pick harvesting), and all include a delicious farm-fresh lunch.
CUESA hosts occasional evening lectures and panel discussions inside the Ferry Building. Past speakers have included Michael Pollan, Marion Nestle, and Vandana Shiva. The talks cover pertinent issues about our food system, such as farming in an age of climate change, food waste, humane animal husbandry, and the rise of urban agriculture.
Customers who spend their CalFresh EBT benefits at CUESA farmers markets can double their food dollars. Market Match helps make farm-fresh, locally grown foods more affordable by matching federal nutrition benefits dollar-for-dollar, up to $10, with tokens that can be redeemed for fruits and vegetables from any farm in our markets.
With more than 300 participating chefs representing 175+ businesses, CUESA’s Market to Chef Program supports chefs through exclusive access to priority parking and equipment at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, a quarterly email specific to industry needs, educational opportunities, and invitations to CUESA’s cooking demos and fundraisers that increase chefs’ public visibility. Learn more »
CUESA attends fairs and festivals around the Bay Area to share information and activities to educate people about healthy and seasonal food, farmers markets, and sustainable food systems. Contact us if you would us to participate in your event. Contact us »
CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) is dedicated to cultivating a sustainable food system through the operation of farmers markets and educational programs. Learn More »