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Gail W. Feenstra

Emeritus, SAREP; Sustainable Food Systems
2801 Second Street Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education Program (SAREP)
Davis, CA 95618-7779
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Gail Feenstra is the former Director and Emeritus of the Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education Program (SAREP) and coordinates the sustainable food systems thematic areas.  SAREP's food systems program encourages the development of regional food systems that link farmers, consumers and communities.  Feenstra's research and outreach has focused on farm-to-school and farm-to-institution evaluation in California and nationally, regional food system distribution, and values-based supply chains.  Current projects help small, beginning and immigrant farmers access regional markets. She has also worked with communties and national groups to develop food system assessments. Feenstra has a doctorate in nutrition education from Teachers College, Columbia University with an emphasis in public health. 


Ed.D. Nutrition education with an emphasis in public health, Teachers College, Columbia University. 1986


Sustainable agriculture, local and regional food systems, regional marketing, farmers markets, farm to school programs, nutrition, food system assessments/ indicators, food security, program evaluation, values-based supply chains, food policy councils

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Peer Reviewed

  • Peterson, H.; Feenstra, G., et al. (2021). The value of values-based supply chains: Farmer perspective. Agriculture and Human Values. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10460-021-10255-5
  • Feenstra, G.; Gupta, C., et al. (2021). Understanding food policy councils: Lessons for extension partners. Journal of Extension. 59:3, article 9. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.59.03.09
  • Dahlquist-Willard, R; Espinoza, M.L.R., et al. (2020). Challenges and opportunities for small farms marketing dried moringa products in California's Central Valley. Western Economics Forum. 18:2, 61-64. https://waeaonline.org/western-economics-forum/
  • Feenstra, G.; Van Soelen Kim, J., et al. (2020). Using participatory research to expand the customer base of farmers markets. Proceedings of the Urban Food Systems Symposium: Nourishing Cities in a Changing Climate. Kansas State University, New Prairie Press. https://newprairiepress.org/ufss/2020/proceedings/22/
  • Brekken, C.; Dickson, C., et al. (2019). Economic impact of values-based supply chain participation on small and mid-sized produce farms. Journal of Food Distribution Research. 50:Issue 2, 1-26. https://ageconsearch.umn.edu/record/300074?ln=en
  • Gupta, C.; Campbell, D., et al. (2018). Food policy councils and local governments: Creating effective collaboration for food systems change. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development. 8:Supplement 2, 11-28. September. https://doi.org/10.5304/jafscd.2018.08B.006

Non-Peer Reviewed

  • Dahlquist-Willard, R.; Espinoza, M., et al. (2019). A guide to drying moringa. Fresno, CA. https://sarep.ucdavis.edu/fs/moringa
  • Strochlic, R.; Hecht, K., et al. (2019). Evaluation Findings of the Riverside Unified School District Food Distribution Hub. Berkeley, CA. July. https://ucanr.edu/sites/NewNutritionPolicyInstitute/files/311995.pdf
  • Feenstra, G. (2019). Increasing the capacity for place-based food systems. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development. https://doi.org/10.5304/jafscd.2019.091.018
  • Dahlquist-Willard, R.; Espinoza, M., et al. (2019). Moringa recipe cards: moringa berry smoothie, chimichurri sauce with moringa, moringa energy bites, spicy moringa guacamole, overnight banana moringa oatmeal, spicy moringa pesto pasta, uchucuta sauce with moringa. Fresno, CA. http://smallfarmsfresno.ucanr.edu/Crops/Moringa/
  • Lev, L.; Feenstra, G., et al. (2018). Benefits: How can sourcing directly from farmers benefit specialty food manufacturers? Davis, CA. July. https://sarep.ucdavis.edu/sites/g/files/dgvnsk5751/files/inline-files/BFD-benefit_1008_2018.pdf
  • Lev, L.; Feenstra, G., et al. (2018). Connections: How can farmers and specialty food manufacturers connect? Davis, CA. July. https://sarep.ucdavis.edu/sites/g/files/dgvnsk5751/files/inline-files/BFD-connections1008_2018.pdf
  • Lev, L.; Feenstra, G., et al. (2018). Criteria: What criteria must you meet to sell to specialty food manufacturers? Davis, CA. July. https://sarep.ucdavis.edu/sites/g/files/dgvnsk5751/files/inline-files/BFD-criteria_1008_2018.pdf
  • Lev, L.; Feenstra, G., et al. (2018). Standards: What do you need to know about the standards that must be met? Davis, CA. July. https://sarep.ucdavis.edu/sites/g/files/dgvnsk5751/files/inline-files/BFD-standards_1008_2018.pdf
  • Gupta, C.; Van Soelen Kim, J., et al. (2018). UC Cooperative Extension Study of California Food Policy Councils. Davis, CA. September. https://sarep.ucdavis.edu/sites/g/files/dgvnsk5751/files/inline-files/CA_FPC_Final_Report.pdf
  • Lev, L.; Feenstra, G., et al. (2018). Value Added: should you produce your own specialty food products? Davis, CA. July. https://sarep.ucdavis.edu/sites/g/files/dgvnsk5751/files/inline-files/BFD-valueadded_1008_2018.pdf

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