Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
University of California
Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Rachel A. Surls Ph.D.

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Sustainable Food Systems Advisor
Cooperative Extension Los Angeles County
700 W. Main Street
(626) 586-1982
Alhambra, CA 91801
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Ph.D. Higher Education Administration, Claremont University, CA. 2008
M.S. Agricultural Science, Cal Poly Pomona. 1994
B.S. Agronomy, Virginia Tech. 1985

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Peer Reviewed

  • Surls, R.; Borel, V., et al. (2016) Soils in Urban Agriculture: Testing, Remediation, and Best Management Practices. UC ANR Publication 8552

  • Surls, R.; Feenstra, G.; Golden, S.; Galt, R.; Hardesty, S.; Napawan, C.; Wilen, C. (2014) Gearing up to support urban farming in California: Preliminary results of a needs assessment. Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems 10 DOI: 10.1017/S1742170514000052
  • Baumeister, M.; Savio, Y., et al. (2013) Community Gardens. UC ANR Publication 8499.

  • Surls, R.; Drill, S. L. (2009). "Bringing the environment into the English as a second language classroom." Journal of Extension 47(3): Article 3IAW3.
  • Surls, R. (2008). Land-grant universities and the county-extension relationship: Challenges, successes and emerging trends. Claremont Graduate University. Ph.D:AAT 3318542. 2008.
  • Surls, R.; Aliaga, P.; Cox, F.; Drill, S. (2006). Environmental literacy among recent immigrants. California and the World Ocean Conference 2006: Implementing the Vision for Ocean and Coastal Protection. Long Beach, CA. 40. 2006.
  • Hagillih, D.; Hodel, D.; Surls, R.; Bender, G.; Lazaneo, V. (2003). "Performance of low-chill peach cultivars in south coastal California." Proceedings of the Florida State Horticultural Society 116: 47-50.
  • Surls, R. (2002). The impact of policy on school and community gardens: Experiences in Los Angeles. Symposium on Urban Agriculture: Emerging Opportunities in Science, Education and Policy.T. Davis. College Station, TX, Texas A & M University. 141-144. 2002.
  • Surls, R. (1996). Carmelitos: The growing experience garden. People-Plant Interactions in Urban Areas: A Research and Educational Symposium.P. Williams. College Station, TX, Texas A & M Department of Horticultural Science. 47-48. 1996.
  • Mabie, R.; Baker, M. (1996). "The influence of experiential instruction on urban elementary students' knowledge of the food and fiber system." Journal of Extension 34(6): 1-4.

Non-Peer Reviewed

California Agriculture Article Contributions

ANR Workgroup Associations

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