Having completed (with ‘highest honors’!) my foray into traditional, institutional university life (at University of California, Berkeley), I can finally lay claim to being “educated”. I even decided to continue in that direction, and completed my MA in Agrarian and Environmental Studies at the International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, Netherlands (with ‘distinction’!). I am currently pursuing a PhD from ISS. However, I know that education is much more than formal school, and so I am always making efforts to educate and be educated outside of that sphere.
I have long taught farming skills via non-profit urban farm projects, and do informal and formal workshops on food justice, global sustainability, and social change organizing. I teach sustainable design and global environmental transitions with the Urban Permaculture Institute of San Francisco. I also am consulting for Top Leaf Farms, a company developing modular rooftop farming techniques; I am designing their educational programs to include commercial, social equity, and ecological components—with a focus on local seed production.
I have also taught at universities and colleges, including during Fall 2017, when I was invited to lead a course on “Agriculture and Social Justice Movements” at UC Santa Cruz. Before that, I taught strategies and resources for community-university partnerships around urban food systems, through the Urban Agriculture Minor at University of San Francisco. In Summer of 2013 I co-taught an undergraduate-level Urban Agriculture Course at the California Institute of Integral Studies. In 2012, I taught a class of my own design at UC Berkeley, “Human Nature Studies“, which I hope to revisit someday in other venues. I’ve also given guest lectures at universities and community colleges in California and New York, including Stanford, UC Berkeley, NYU, and City College of San Francisco.
I’d love to come to your university, community center, urban farm, treehouse, or floating city to conduct workshops, seminars, talks, or facilitated meetings.
I also read a lot, and write academic articles and more popular education-focused pieces, some of which I have linked to in the Writing and Publishing page.