California Institute for Rural Studies works on many different types of mission-driven projects. All of our work is designed to increase social justice and sustainability of rural California communities. Beyond our publications, CIRS also creates other types of resources that are accessible from this page. Here you will find video projects we have completed.
“IF WE DON’T SPEAK, OUR VOICES WON’T BE HEARD”: ORGANIZING FARMWORKERS THROUGH PODER POPULAR
FAIR FOOD: FIELD TO TABLE
LA FLOR DEL SIN NOMBRE
NOTICIAS DEL VALLE
FARMWORKER HOUSING ASSESSMENT of the SALINAS – PAJARO LABORSHED
We thank Assemblymember Anna Caballero for making Public Service Announcements in Spanish and English for our work in Salinas-Pajaro area, to let agricultural workers know in advance of being asked, that it is a completely confidential survey, and that CIRS has a proven 40-year track record of keeping information secure and anonymous.
Staff and Affiliated Researchers
Gail Wadsworth, Executive Director— 530-756-6555 extension 17
Ildi Carlisle-Cummins, Project Director, Cal Ag Roots -- 530-756-6555 extension 20
Sarah Cain, Communications Outreach and Events -- 530-756-6555 extension 19
Stephen Hobbs, Blog Editor for the Rural California Report
Dr. Don Villarejo, Founder and Director Emeritus
Dr. Ryan Sinclair, Assistant Professor Environmental and Occupational Health, Loma Linda University
David Runsten, Policy Director, Community Alliance with Family Farmers
Dr. Rick Mines, Indigenous Farmworker Study
Dr. Michael Rios, Associate Professor of Environmental Design, UC, Davis
Thea Rittenhouse, Gauchito Farm
Michael Courville, California Heat Illness Prevention Study
For the Rural California Report contact Gail Wadsworth
Mailing address: PO Box 1047, Davis, CA 95617-1047
Generous Individual Donors
As in many agricultural regions, rural California communities face deep-rooted barriers to sustainable development that have been inadequately addressed by public policy. We have constructively responded to these challenges by focusing on a comprehensive range of research topics including farm labor, food systems and rural health. Within these broad program areas we do essential work on fair labor practices, market barriers to farmers, water use and policy, pesticide use, food insecurity and access and more.
All of our work is done with the goal of turning research into action. By working in the public interest we are able to present objective research findings to policy makers, stakeholder organizations, and the general public so that they can make decisions and take action.
Since 1977, we have focused on rural and agricultural issues, seeking sustainable solutions. We take particular pride in forging beneficial relationships with grassroots stakeholder organizations while maintaining the respect and cooperation of research institutions in the state. Agencies and policy makers also look to us for substantive analysis of current public policy issues. Our longstanding ties to community-based organizations in rural California are critical to our success in conducting sound empirical research among difficult to access populations such as hired farmworkers.