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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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Deanne Meyer
Title: CE Specialist
Specialty: Livestock waste management
Phone: (530) 752-9391
Email: dmeyer@ucdavis.edu

Panel Members

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Theresa A. Becchetti
Title: Farm Advisor
Specialty: Livestock and Natural Resources, San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties
Phone: (209) 525-6800
Email: tabecchetti@ucanr.edu
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Rob Bennaton
Title: Bay Area Urban Agriculture Advisor
Specialty: Small Scale Food Production and Soil Quality/Resource Management ; Food and Land Access and Security
Phone: 510-703-4119
Email: rbennaton@ucanr.edu
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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 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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Ben Faber , Ph.D.
Title: Advisor
Specialty: Soils and water, avocados and minor subtropicals in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.
Phone: (805) 645-1462
Email: bafaber@ucanr.edu
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Gail W. Feenstra
Title: Director, SAREP; Academic Coordinator, Sustainable Food Systems
Specialty: 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
Phone: (530) 792-8248
Email: gwfeenstra@ucanr.edu
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Brooke Latack
Title: Livestock Advisor
Phone: (442) 265-7700
Email: bclatack@ucanr.edu
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Dr Joji Muramoto
Title: CE Specialist
Specialty: Organic Production
Phone: 831-459-2178
Email: jmuramoto@ucanr.edu
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Jennifer Sowerwine
Title: Associate Specialist
Specialty: Metropolitan agriculture, sustainable food systems, agroecology, food security, food sovereignty.
Email: jsowerwi@berkeley.edu
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Ron Strochlic
Title: Academic Coordinator
Email: rstrochlic@ucanr.edu