I facilitated the Food Systems minor capstone course called Experiential Learning Through Engagement in Food Systems from Fall 2016 through Fall 2018. During this time, I received funding from the American Cultures Engaged Scholarship program to completely redesign ESPM 117 – Urban Garden Ecosystems as an American Cultures course called Urban Agriculture and Food Justice. This funding also supported three undergraduate students to conduct community-engaged food systems scholarship during the summer of 2018. These are just a few of my contributions to growing opportunities for undergraduate students interested in studying food systems from multicultural, transdisciplinary, and social justice perspectives.
I am currently researching urban agroecology as a Staff Research Associate with Professor Timothy Bowles. I also collaborate on numerous projects with MESA, including the formation of a multi-stakeholder cooperative farm in El Sobrante and an educator’s circle for popular education in community food systems. I am a partner in an edible insect company called Don Bugito, and am primarily responsible for rearing insects in West Oakland. I co-founded The Cooperative New School for Urban Studies and Environmental Justice, a project at the cutting edge of web-based education for community-based activist scholars.