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Sustainable Food Systems Panel Members

How the Panel helps

The SI Panels help


1. Create vision, 2. Identify themes & priorities, 3. Input to Strategic Plan, 4. Hold meetings, 5. Operate a think tank, 6. Help build capacity, 7. Input to staffing needs, and 8. Manage grants


1. Collate stories & highlights, 2. Develop materials (white papers, etc.), 3. Foster debate


1. Represent UC ANR and the SI, 2. Engage stakeholders and government, 3. Raise awareness, 4.Represent on Program Council

Initiative Leader

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Jennifer Sowerwine
Title: Associate Specialist
Specialty: Metropolitan agriculture, sustainable food systems, agroecology, food security, food sovereignty.
Email: jsowerwi@berkeley.edu

Panel Members

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Mary Lu Arpaia Ph.D.
Title: Cooperative Extension Specialist
Specialty: Evaluation of preharvest and postharvest factor on subtropical crop productivity and fruit quality, including rootstock, cultivar, irrigation, pesticide and nutrition management strategies
Phone: (559) 646-6561
Email: mlarpaia@ucanr.edu
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Dr Whitney B Brim-Deforest
Title: County Director, Sutter and Yuba Counties and CE Rice and Wild Rice Advisor
Specialty: Rice, Weeds
Phone: 530-822-7515
Email: wbrimdeforest@ucanr.edu
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Sonja Brodt Ph.D.
Title: Academic Coordinator (Agriculture & Environment), UC SAREP
Specialty: Agriculture and Environment
Phone: (530) 786-0331
Email: sbbrodt@ucanr.edu
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Dr Roselle C Busch
Title: Sheep and Goat Veterinary Medicine Extension Specialist
Specialty: Sheep and Goat Herd Health and Production
Phone: (530)754-1975
Email: rcbusch@ucdavis.edu
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Nicholas E Clark
Title: Agronomy and Nutrient Management Farm Advisor
Specialty: Agronomic Cropping Systems and Nutrient Management
Phone: 559-852-2788
Email: neclark@ucanr.edu
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Dr Monica Cooper
Title: Farm Advisor-Viticulture
Specialty: Viticulture and Pest Management
Phone: (707) 253-4221
Email: mlycooper@ucanr.edu
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Danielle Lee
Title: Director of Communications & Research Engagement
Specialty: Public Health Nutrition
Phone: 530-460-3671
Email: dnilee@ucanr.edu
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Margaret G Lloyd
Title: Small Farms Advisor
Specialty: Organic
Phone: 530-564-8642
Email: mglloyd@ucanr.edu
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Dr Zheng Wang
Title: Vegetable Crop Advisor
Specialty: Vegetable crops and irrigation
Phone: 209-525-6822
Email: zzwwang@ucanr.edu
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Houston Wilson Ph.D.
Title: Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist
Specialty: Orchard/vineyard IPM, insect ecology, organic agriculture, agroecology
Phone: 559-646-6519
Email: samhw@ucr.edu