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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 Jennifer Sowerwine (Chair)
Unit: Environmental Science, Policy and Management (ESPM)
Name Lucy Diekmann (Co-Chair)
Phone 408-282-3104
Unit: Santa Clara County
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 ; Food and Land Access and Security
Blakey, Dustin Inyo-Mono Counties
  County Director / Farm Advisor
Diekmann, Lucy Santa Clara County
  Urban Agriculture/Food Systems Advisor, Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties
Downer, A. James Ventura County
  Environmental Horticulture/Plant Pathology Advisor Pathology of landscape ornamentals , Phytophthora Root Rot, Mulches, Potting soils, Palm horticulture, climate ready trees, arboriculture, Master Gardener Advisor.
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
CE Specialist
Busch, Roselle Veterinary Medicine Extension
  Sheep and Goat Veterinary Medicine Extension Specialist Sheep and Goat Herd Health and Production
Okello, Emmanuel Population Health & Reproduction
  Assistant Specialist in CE Antimicrobial Stewardship
Pires, Alda Population Health & Reproduction
  Associate Specialist in Cooperative Extension & Associate Agronomist in AES Urban Agriculture and Food Safety, Veterinary Epidemiology,
Sowerwine, Jennifer Environmental Science, Policy and Management (ESPM)
  Associate Specialist Metropolitan agriculture, sustainable food systems, agroecology, food security, food sovereignty.
Other ANR
Callahan, Rachael Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education Program (SAREP)
  Statewide Agritourism Coordinator Agritourism
Feenstra, Gail Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education Program (SAREP)
  Emeritus, SAREP; Sustainable Food Systems 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
Kooyumjian, Dawn Contra Costa County
  Coordinator -UC Master Gardener Program of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties
Spiropoulos, Thais
Windbiel-Rojas, Karey Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Statewide Program
  Associate Director for Urban & Community IPM/ Area Urban IPM Advisor Integrated Pest Management
Membership Totals
Number of Members19
ANR Members19
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