Sibella Kraus

Sibella Kraus founded SAGE in 2001 and directed UC Berkeley’s Agriculture in Metropolitan Regions program from 2006 to 2009. Kraus was also founding director of the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA).This article was published as part of Urban Farms to Open Range, a special publication produced by Bay Nature magazine in collaboration with Sustainable Agriculture Education (SAGE,, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting multifunctional agriculture at the metropolitan edge.Funding for "Urban Farms to Open Range" was provided by:The Coastal Conservancy is a state agency that protects and restores the natural environment, invests in communities, and helps people get to and enjoy the California coast and the natural lands around San Francisco Bay.Since 1958, Greenbelt Alliance has been protecting the region's working farms and natural areas and making the Bay Area's cities better places to live by directing growth to create vibrant, walkable neighborhoods surrounded by a greenbelt of open space.Union Bank Foundation proactively invests in the communities in which the bank and its businesses operate, targeting resources to benefit low- to moderate-income populations and serving as an innovator of partnerships that help to create and sustain healthy communities. SAGE thanks The San Francisco Foundation for supporting its work on this publication.

Urban Farms to Open Range


Even though foodie culture is an ever-growing phenomenon in the Bay Area, it’s still surprising to many that nearly half the land in our region is dedicated to ranching or farming.