We are bombarded with non-stop crippling news: a government shutdown over building a steel wall on our southern border while Central American refugees and migrants face criminalization and forced separation from their children. In Mexico, Nescafe is poised to invest $154 million dollars in a new coffee-processing plant in Veracruz, Mexico, which may place downward

By | January 18th, 2019|agroecology, coffee farmers, Growing Justice, News|

Breaking Away From Industrial Food and Farming Systems

CAN is featured as one of seven case studies of agroecological transition around the world. 

Rome (Italy). The International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food) released a new report, “Breaking away from industrial food and farming systems: Seven case studies of agroecological

By | December 11th, 2018|agroecology, coffee farmers, Donate, Food Sovereignty, News, Nicaragua, VIDA|

September 13, 2018: SAVE THE DATE!!!

After two years of collecting community stories, interviews, and planting a season of summer vegetables in River Park, the Growing Justice (GJ) youth team will publicly display their findings via a mobile art exhibit.
GJ, CAN, and Mesa Verde Gardens, in collaboration with the Watsonville Film Festival’s first fall film showing, will

By | July 30th, 2018|agroecology, Growing Justice, News|

Film Screening to Benefit CAN

Join CAN at the Friday April 13 screening of Mark Kitchell’s new film, “The Evolution of Organic.” The film tracks the history of the organic food movement. Q&A and a panel of speakers, including CAN’s executive director Rose Cohen, follow the screening. This event is

By | March 27th, 2018|agroecology, Film, News|

Congratulations to CAN-Affiliated Researchers on New Publication!

CAN-affiliated researchers (at ECOSUR) involved in the Learning Community for Food Security and Sovereignty (CASSA) project published an article, “Bringing agroecology to scale: key drivers and emblematic cases,” in the March issue of the journal Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems.


Agroecology as a transformative movement has gained momentum in many countries worldwide. In

By | March 26th, 2018|agroecology, Learning Community, News, Publications|

“Ending Seasonal Hunger in Nicaragua” Nominated for Remi Award!

CAN is proud to announce that “Ending Seasonal Hunger in Nicaragua,” has been nominated for a Remi Award at the 51st Annual Independent Film Festival to be held April 20-29 in Houston, Texas. 

The documentary film explores food cultures, farming practices, and innovative solutions to reduce seasonal

By | March 26th, 2018|agroecology, coffee farmers, Film, Food Sovereignty, Las Segovias, News, Nicaragua|

Meet CAN’s New Associate Director

Carmen J. Cortez, CAN’s new Associate Director, has joined CAN’s staff in Santa Cruz, California. Prior to joining CAN, Carmen facilitated the development of COO-PERA, a worker-owned fruit and vegetable cooperative, and co-developed the organizational infrastructure to create a community land trust and cooperative incubation program for the

By | February 10th, 2018|agroecology, News|

Reflections from the 2017 AgroEcology Shortcourse

Pathways to Resilience: An Agroecological Approach
by Linda Lonnqvist, CAN project manager, on attending her first Agroecology Shortcourse
So Much Talk About Soil
As a social scientist, at the agroecology shortcourse I felt a huge knowledge

By | January 22nd, 2018|agroecology, News, shortcourse|

Agroecology Treasure Hunt at the Learning Community CASSA

Hoots of laughter made the Agroecology Treasure Hunt the loudest session at CASSA’s third Encuentro in April. Perhaps coincidentally, it was also the session with the most hands-on action outdoors. CAN affiliated researcher Bruce Ferguson, a professor at ECOSUR whose research is focused on mainstreaming agroecology, set up this session to give the CASSA participants

By | September 19th, 2017|agroecology, Learning Community, News|

Job Announcement | CAN Associate Director

The CAN Associate Director position will work closely with the CAN team and our partner organizations to build the organization, further develop the network and promote CAN’s mission and programs. The ideal candidate will possess a range of skills in fundraising, program management, and participatory community development.

By | August 18th, 2017|agroecology, News|

Empowered Women

In the small coffee-growing community of Piedra Parada, tucked into the highlands of Veracruz, Mexico, a small group of business women are engrossed in decision making: what business do they want to start; which skills do they need to learn; and what are they going to do with the funds they have from their other

By | August 1st, 2017|agroecology, coffee farmers, News, VIDA|

Integrating Agroecology and Participatory Action Research (PAR): Lessons from Central America

New publication by CAN and Agroecology & Livelihoods Collaborative in Special Issue of Sustainability — Agroecology at the Crossroads: Challenges for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems 


The last decade has seen an increasing advancement and interest in the integration of agroecology and participatory action research (PAR). This article aims to: (1) analyze the key

By | June 25th, 2017|agroecology, News, Publications, Research Publications|

Ending Seasonal Hunger in Nicaragua

The documentary film, “Ending Seasonal Hunger in Nicaragua” explores food cultures, agroecological farming practices, and innovative solutions to improve diets and reduce seasonal hunger among smallholder coffee farming families in northern Nicaragua. It captures breathtaking tropical landscapes and the daily rhythms of rural life connected to Nicaragua’s rich history of struggle and solidarity. The film highlights

By | April 7th, 2017|agroecology, Donate, Food Sovereignty, News, Nicaragua, videos|

XVIII Annual International Agroecology Shortcourse

The Agroecology and Livelihoods Collaborative (ALC)* at the University of Vermont (UVM), in partnership with the Community Agroecology Network (CAN), announce the 2017 International Agroecology Shortcourse. The course theme is: Pathways to Resilience: An Agroecological Approach. This year’s shortcourse will

By | February 24th, 2017|agroecology, News, shortcourse|

Report from the Field | Agroecology Training Course in Mozambique

The Agroecology Training course was held in Marracuene District, Mozambique, which is approximately 25 kilometers north of the capital Maputo.

In October 2016, CAN co-founders and board members Steve Gliessman and Robbie Jaffe traveled to Mozambique to take part in the 17th Annual Agroecology Shortcourse. This training

By | February 10th, 2017|agroecology, News, shortcourse|

“Women & Youth United for Food Security, Food Sovereignty, and Climate Change Adaptation” | 6th Annual International Youth Exchange for Food Security & Sovereignty

“This network [and these Youth Exchanges] are a source of support for us to not feel alone. A bridge so that we don’t get stuck doing the same thing. !No somos ‘agri-locos’! (We are not agri-crazies!)” cheerfully proclaimed Amy Cruz, a student from the Nicaraguan National University in Jinotega who participated in CAN’s 6th Annual

By | August 10th, 2016|agroecology, Food Sovereignty, Growing Justice, Intercambio, News, Nicaragua|

Growing Justice Team Travels to Nicaragua: a Spotlight on Ashley-Solis Pavon

After submitting a resume, writing a cover letter, and going through an interview—all for the first time—Ashley was chosen by a selection committee that included CAN staff and her fellow team members to be one of the two representatives from the Growing Justice youth team at CAN’s 6th Annual International Youth Exchange for Food Security &

What Collaborative Research Looks Like

Meet Maria Eugenia Flores Gomez, Chris Bacon and their daughter Rosalia. Maria Eugenia (Mari) is CAN‘s project manager for the Food Security and Food Sovereignty Project in Las Segovias, Nicaragua. Chris is a Professor at Santa Clara University and a CAN affiliated researcher. CAN‘s collaboration with the 
By | May 23rd, 2016|agroecology, News|

CAN’s 2014-2015 Annual Report Available

Discover how we’ve been working to end hunger and build food sovereignty among small farmers in Mexico and Central America.

Our 2014-2015 annual report looks at six strategies that guide our work in ending hunger among small farmers and introduces three new projects. Please read and join us in supporting rural women, men,

By | May 23rd, 2016|agroecology, News|

River Park Garden: An Experimental Collaboratively Authored Film

Community Agroecology Network’s (CAN) Growing Justice youth team collaborated with seven University of California, Santa Cruz undergraduate students from Professor Emily Cohen Ibañez’s Visual Sociology class to produce a 20-minute film, the River Park Garden Film Collective documentary. Under the guidance of Cohen Ibañez, an award-winning professional filmmaker and anthropologist, the student team spent

By | February 27th, 2016|agroecology, Film, Growing Justice, News, Photography, Publications, videos|

Student Project | Seed Saving Strategies in San Ramón, Nicaragua

Adriana Adriana with home stay mom, Dona Emelda, in La Reyna, San Ramon, Nicaragua

Adriana Murguia completed a senior internship documenting forms of seed saving as her senior exit for the Environmental Studies Major and Agroecology Concentration. To support her work, Adriana applied to a

By | October 28th, 2015|agroecology, News, Student Projects|

Agroecology World Fair Day

Celebrate Agroecology at UC Santa Cruz and Around the World

Friday July 17, 2015
4-6 pm
Cowell Ranch Hay Barn
UC Santa Cruz Campus (near main entrance)
Santa Cruz, California

Agroecology World Fair Day takes place during the 16th Annual International Agroecology Shortcourse. Participate http://nosubhealth.com/ in an exchange among course participants,

By | July 9th, 2015|agroecology, News|

Ensia Magazine Essay | Agroecology can help fix our broken food system

Inspired by Steve Gliessman and Mark Bittman debating the merits of the term “agroecology” during Steve’s Edible 101 presentation, Maywa Montenegro (food systems researcher, UC Berkeley) wrote an essay published today in Ensia Magazine. The essay, co-published by Ensia Magazine and Food Tank, looks at  “agroeocology as a cross-pollination of knowledge, grounded in science,

By | June 17th, 2015|agroecology, News|

Report from the Field | Quintana Roo

CAN Associate Director Heather Putnam recently visited the Zona Maya in Quintana Roo, Mexico to meet with women’s groups working with CAN and the Intercultural Maya University of Quintana Roo (UIMQRoo) to improve household food security and sovereignty in a two year project funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Here is her report

By | May 6th, 2015|agroecology, News|

Growing Coffee Food Forests | Youth Network Regional Exchange

April 13-19, 2015: Nicaragua

The first internal capacity building exchange of CAN’s network this year took place the week of April 13-19, 2015.  More than 25 women and youth leaders from CAN’s partner organizations VIDA AC in Veracruz, Mexico, PRODECOOP and CII-ASDENIC in Las Segovias, Nicaragua, and the UCA San Ramón in San Ramón, Nicaragua joined

By | April 29th, 2015|agroecology, Intercambio, News|

Steve Gliessman’s Lecture | Edible Education 101

On Monday, March 30, CAN’s Board President and co-founder Steve Gliessman gave a lecture as part of this year’s Edible Education 101. Steve gave an overview of agroecology, using  CAN’s work as an example. There were more than 200 people in attendance. After the lecture, Steve and Mark Bittman, co-host of Edible Education 101, continued

By | April 7th, 2015|agroecology, News|

Edible Education 101 at UC Berkeley | Stephen Gliessman

“Sustainable Farming through Agroecology” with Stephen Gliessman and Mark Bittman 

CAN Board President and co-founder Stephen Gliessman is giving a lecture on March 30 for the online course, Edible Education 101. This course was “created in conjunction with the 40th anniversary celebration of Chez Panisse Restaurant and Café in Berkeley, California. Alice

By | March 21st, 2015|agroecology, News|

International Symposium on Agroecology for Food Security and Nutrition Final Report

“FAO held the International Symposium on Agroecology for Food Security and Nutrition at its headquarters in Rome on September 18 and 19, 2014. Approximately 400 people from 61 different countries (including Permanent Representatives and staff members of representations, FAO / IFAD / WFP staff members, their

By | February 17th, 2015|agroecology, News, Publications|

Interview with Adriana Murguia, FoCAN Intercambio Event Coordinator

The February issue of the UC Santa Cruz Sustainability Office features an interview with Adriana Murguia, Friends of CAN’s (FoCAN’s) Intercambio Event Coordinator. Adriana discusses how her work supports sustainability efforts. Click here to read the interview and here to learn more about CAN’s 2015 Intercambio.

By | February 13th, 2015|agroecology, Intercambio, News|

Report from Veracruz, Mexico

3 February 2015: The coffee leaf rust (la roya) has reached the Central Highlands of Veracruz, Mexico and small-scale coffee farming families are working to quickly respond to the blight before it further impacts their livelihoods. As the Mexican government promotes a host of new agrochemicals, CAN’s partner VIDA A.C. is steadfast in its promotion

By | February 9th, 2015|agroecology, News|

2015 Agroecology Shortcourse

Agroecology, A Global Movement:
Tracing Our Roots and Looking Forward

July 12-25, 2015
Sustainable Living Center
University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC)
Santa Cruz, California

Learn more

By | January 22nd, 2015|agroecology, News|

From the Field | Heather Putnam

CAN Associate Director Heather Putnam made a visit to our partner organization the Union of Cooperatives in San Ramón (UCA San Ramón), Nicaragua the first week of December. Our ongoing partnership with the UCA San Ramon is supporting 8 cooperatives to build community food sovereignty and sustainable local food systems. A principal challenge to this

By | December 10th, 2014|agroecology, News|

CAN’s 4th Annual Youth Exchange – A Success!

CAN’s 4th Annual Youth Exchange or Intercambio took place from May 15-23, 2014, in the coffee-growing highlands of Veracruz, México. The Youth Exchange brought 32 youth leaders together to share experiences and knowledge about building food sovereignty in their own communities. The majority of the youth are leaders or promotores from CAN’s Food Security and

By | April 17th, 2013|agroecology, Intercambio, Uncategorized|