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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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Rachel A. Surls Ph.D.
Title: Sustainable Food Systems Advisor
Specialty: urban agriculture, urban gardening, food systems
Phone: 626-586-1982
Email: ramabie@ucdavis.edu

Panel Members

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Dr Whitney 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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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 Clark
Title: Agronomy 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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Dr Ashraf El Kereamy
Title: Director of Lindcove REC and Assistant CE Specialist
Specialty: Specialist in Department of Botany and Plant Sciences at UC Riverside, focused on citrus and grape
Phone: 559-592-2408 Ext 1154
Email: ashrafe@ucr.edu
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Danielle L. Lee
Title: Policy Analyst
Phone: 510-987-0735
Email: dnilee@ucanr.edu
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Margaret Gullette Lloyd
Title: Small Farms Advisor
Specialty: Organic
Phone: 530-564-8642
Email: mglloyd@ucanr.edu
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Sonia Rios
Title: Area Subtropical Horticulture Advisor
Phone: 951-683-6491 ext. 224
Email: sirios@ucanr.edu
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Sam 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