UCD Temporary Buildings TB 15 (south of Regan Hall Circle)
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Agrarian Effort, or Ag Effort for short, is one of three On Campus Co-ops. It features a large organic garden behind the house which grows things like produce, native plants and flowers. They also don't eat meat and love to compost. The Co-op is owned by Student Housing, but run by students. The rent is fairly inexpensive, but members are responsible for household and gardening chores. If you're interested in joining the co-op, you should stop by for dinner some time, served at 7 pm, Sunday through Thursday.

Ag Effort was founded in 1969 when UCD offered the 4 houses which are now the On Campus Co-ops and The House to student clubs. These craftsman style houses were originally located on A street and inhabited by professors, but were moved to make room for new construction on the east side of campus.

The student club Agrarian Action was given Temporary Building 15 and over an acre of land to use. The Student Housing office was built on a significant portion of the club's land in the early 1990's, but nearly 2/3 of an acre are still used as organic gardens by the Tri Co-op community.

Co-op members were instrumental in founding several local institutions including the Davis Farmers Market, the Sunwise Co-op, SCHA, and the Davis Food Co-op.


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It's my understanding that it was Davis Student Co-op that started Sunwise. This should probably go on their page-ColinWalsh

  • It's possible that the divisions among residents of Tri-Co-ops were just as rigid then as now ;) So, DSC should get credit, but perhaps not to the exclusion of any for Ag Effort. —DougWalter

photo request: some photos of the house and gardens, inside/out, etc.

2007-04-04 23:40:54   I heard a rumor that you could "donate" food for composting at the co-op, does anyone know if that's true? —Carley

2009-01-25 18:07:28   The J St Co-op has room(s) available after March 20th. Interested parties should contact us soon. peace. —PxlAted

2013-01-29 15:21:56   They eat meat now. I'll try to take some photos and post them. —DominicFGutierrez