Programs | CUESA

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Sat 8am–2pm | Tue & Thu 10am–2pm


CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) is dedicated to growing thriving communities through the power and joy of local food. Our programs inspire eaters of all ages to take part in creating a fair, regenerative, and delicious food future for all.

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

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 »

Foodwise Teens

 Foodwise Teens is a paid job training program where teens build skills to sustain healthy lives and a healthy planet. Students learn about food justice, develop job skills, and get hands-on experience in the garden, in the kitchen, and at the farmers market, while getting paid for their workLearn more »

Market Education

CUESA offers a variety of free cooking demos, market tastings, 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 »

Market Match

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.

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The Food Change

The Food Change is a bold public art exhibit and multifaceted educational project from CUESA championing farmers, advocates, and everyday people who are making positive change in our food system.

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Evening Talks

To inspire conversation and action around pressing food issues of our day, CUESA hosts thought-provoking evening talks with food movement leaders inside the Ferry Building. These talks cover timely food system topics, such as food waste, farming in an age of climate change, and the rise of urban agriculture. Past speakers have included Michael Pollan, Marion Nestle, and Vandana Shiva.

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Food & Farm Tours

What better way to learn about where your food comes from than to visit the place where it was produced? CUESA offers 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.

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Market to Chef Program

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 »

Outreach Events

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 growing thriving communities through the power and joy of local food. Learn More »