I am a scholar-activist-educator based out of California. My current projects include faculty owner at The Cooperative New School, agroecology educator at the Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture (MESA), and visiting scholar at UC Berkeley. As an agroecologist, and I have collaborated with various social movements around the world including the Landless Rural Workers Movement (MST) in Brazil and the Center for Integral Farmer Development of the Mixteca Alta (CEDICAM) in the Mixteca Alta of Oaxaca, Mexico. I am committed to popular and experiential education and to participatory action research. Some of my current urban agriculture projects include the development of a worker cooperative farm in El Sobrante, CA and the management of an edible insect farm in West Oakland, CA.
In addition to the Cooperative New School, I co-lead the Certificate in Urban Agroecology at Merritt College, a community college located in Oakland, California. I formerly co-designed and facilitated the Bay Area Farmer Training Program for MESA from 2016-2017, and I also used to coordinate the Food Systems Minor at UC Berkeley.
My research spans a number of topics related to agroecology and food systems. My current projects include community engaged scholarship comparing sustainable tillage techniques for urban farms. I sometimes take a creative approach to scholarship, such as a recent manuscript using metaphors from improvisational dance to reflect on the practice of participatory action research in agroecology. My postdoctoral research considered perennial staple food crops in Mali and Malawi, as well as linkages between farmers, agricultural extension, and research in Malawi. My doctoral research discussed farmer strategies for dealing with climatic variability in the Mixteca Alta of Oaxaca, Mexico.