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Urban Agriculture

Summary The UC ANR Urban Agriculture Workgroup develops resources, training, and materials for the specific needs of California’s urban farmers, and conducts applied research to address their needs.
Workgroup Chair Information
Name Rachel Surls (Chair)
Phone 626-586-1982
Unit: Los Angeles County
Location: UC Cooperative Extension, Los Angeles County
700 W. Main Street
Alhambra, 91801
Name Jennifer Sowerwine (Co-Chair)
Unit: Environmental Science, Policy and Management (ESPM)
Membership List
CE Advisor
Aram, Kamyar Contra Costa County
  East Bay Specialty Crops Advisor
Bennaton, Rob Alameda County
  Bay Area Urban Agriculture Advisor Small Scale Food Production and Soil Quality/Resource Management
Diekmann, Lucy Santa Clara County
  Urban Agriculture/Food Systems Advisor, Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties
Gazula, Aparna Santa Clara County
  Small Farm Advisor Vegetable Production, Nutrient Management, Small Farms
Lloyd, Margaret Capitol Corridor MCP Cooperative Extension
  Small Farms Advisor Organic
Lobo, Ramiro San Diego County
  Small Farms & Agricultural Economics Advisor Farm management, marketing, agricultural economics, agricultural tourism, small farms, new/specialty crops
Surls, Rachel Los Angeles County
  Sustainable Food Systems Advisor urban agriculture, urban gardening, food systems
Van Soelen Kim, Julia Marin County
  North Bay Food Systems Advisor
Wilen, Cheryl Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Statewide Program
  Area Integrated Pest Management Advisor - Emeritus Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for ornamental plant production and maintenance including nurseries, greenhouses, field production, floriculture, turf and landscape, pesticide reduction and alternatives. Research specialty in weed management, snails & slugs.
CE Specialist
Busch, Roselle Veterinary Medicine Extension
  Assistant Specialist in CE (Sheep & Goat Herd Health & Production)
Pires, Alda Population Health & Reproduction
  Assistant Specialist in Cooperative Extension Urban Agriculture and Food Safety
Sowerwine, Jennifer Environmental Science, Policy and Management (ESPM)
  Associate Specialist Metropolitan Agriculture, Sustainable Food Systems, Agroecology and Food Sovereignty.
Other ANR
Feenstra, Gail Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education Program (SAREP)
  Director, SAREP; Academic Coordinator, Food & Society Sustainable agriculture, local and regional food systems, regional marketing, farmers markets, farm to school programs, nutrition, food system assessments/ indicators, food security, program evaluation
Membership Totals
Number of Members13
ANR Members13
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