Research & Education
Paul joined MESA in 2016 as the Co-lead Farm Educator for the Bay Area Farmer Training Program. In addition, Paul is a lecturer at UC Berkeley where he teaches a course called Community Engagement in Food Systems. Paul has been involved with organic farming & marketing, agroecology, and social movements for the past 15 years in CA and abroad (Brazil, Mexico, Mali, and Malawi in particular). As a Research Associate at Michigan State University, Paul studied the potential for perennial staple seed and pulse crops in smallholder farming systems of Mali and Malawi. His doctorate at UC Berkeley involved participatory research on climatic variability and rainfed agriculture with CEDICAM, a civil society organization in the Mixteca Alta of Oaxaca, Mexico that uses the farmer-to-farmer training methodology. Paul’s experience in organic farming & marketing comes from his membership in a Bay Area worker’s collective, as well as working for ALBA and several other organic farms.
Bring your dreams to fruition by learning what it takes to be a rocking urban farmer! Here, we will go over the launching of the Riverside Food Systems Alliance and Raincross Farms’ Beginning Farmer Training Program!