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Gail W. Feenstra

Director, SAREP; Academic Coordinator, Food & Society
2801 Second Street
Davis, CA 95618-7779
(530) 792-8248
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Gail Feenstra is the Deputy Director of SAREP and the Food and Society Coordinator at the Agricultural Sustainability Institute, University of California.  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. She is coordintating SAREP's Farmworker and Food System Worker Initiative.  Feenstra has a doctorate in nutrition education from Teachers College, Columbia University with an emphasis in public health. 


Sustainable agriculture, local and regional food systems, regional marketing, farmers markets, farm to school programs, nutrition, food system assessments/ indicators, food security, program evaluation

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Peer Reviewed

  • 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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