Teaching

My teaching focuses on sustainable and socially just systems. I bring my unique perspective from agroecology, a transdisciplinary, action-oriented, and participatory approach to the study of sustainable food systems. I have an estimated 8 years of cumulative practice in experiential and project-based undergraduate and popular education. My contributions to undergraduate education at UC Berkeley were recognized in 2017-2018 by an American Cultures Engaged Scholarship award and by a Lecturer Teaching Fellowship. The sections below describe my experience with undergraduate education, as well as my involvement with two projects of popular education.

In partnership with my colleagues at the Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture (MESA), I designed the blended in-person and online curriculum for a 3-month urban agriculture and food justice intensive called the Bay Area Farmer Training (BAFT). I have since collaborated on the curriculum development of a fully online course offered by MESA called Climate Resilience - A Course for Farmers, and also an intensive training on the pedagogy of farm incubator programs called the Training of Farmer Trainers. As a faculty-owner at the Cooperative New School for Urban Studies and Environmental Justice (the CNS), I am part of an effort to build a networked learning community across multiple cities in the United States.
At UC Berkeley, I have facilitated engaged, experiential, and project-based learning for 6 semesters and 3 summer terms through Urban Agriculture and Food Justice (ESPM 117). I also teach the Food Systems minor capstone course, Experiential Learning Through Engagement in Food Systems