May 29, 2016
In this Issue
  • Community Service Award Recipients
  • An Interview with Shea Robinson and Kenna Fallan
  • Beets Released On ASI Website 
  • Memories Made: Meat Panel and K&S Dance With Us Fireside
  • Labor In The Food System: A View From INFAS
  • EndNote: An Introductory Workshop for Researchers 
  • Internship Opportunity with Native Seeds/SEARCH
  • Summer Filing For Graduation
  • Dates & Deadlines: Quarter, Internship, & Spring & Summer 2016 Graduation
  • A SA&FS Year in Review Timeline!
Community Service Award Recipients: Congratulations Shea, Chyna, and Stacy!
Shea Robinson (middle of top photo), Chyna Oyola (left), and Stacy Nuryadi (right) have been recognized by the Community Service Resource Center for their outstanding community service over the past academic year!

Shea is recognized for spending 500 hours supporting the SA&FS community outside of office hours as a peer adviser and other community service work. Shea volunteered her time and energy putting together intellectual and social community events for SA&FS majors because she and others “believed the SA&FS veggies needed it.” Though surprised to find herself nominated, Shea is grateful to be recognized by her positive change in the community.

Chyna is recognized for serving the community though her work within Global Water Brigades, a national student led organization that travels to countries in Central America and Africa to help build sustainable water systems with and for members of rural communities. As President this past year, Chyna organized multiple awareness and fundraising events through which she nearly doubled volunteers and raised over $2000 for the organization. Chyna worked approximately 5 hours per week since last June, including organizing a community service field trip for Spring during her winter break. To Chyna, “it feels amazing to be recognized,” and she “could not be more excited to do it all again next year!”

Stacy is recognized for her community service through her involvement as a volunteer intern with Community Alliance for Family Farmers, FARM Davis, Pacific Star Gardens, and Harry H Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility in the summer, her service to the campus Veggie Crop Greenhouses and Fruit & Veggie Up during the winter and her recent time at the Goat Barn. Her contributions to all of these organizations since last June totaled to 202 hours! Stacy continues to work in the campus Veggie Crop Greenhouses in pursuit of giving back to the community.

The Community Service Resource Center is a program through the Internship and Career Center that helps promote commitment and dedication to service. See the full list of 2016's Community Service Award recipients here
An Interview with Shea Robinson and Kenna Fallan

Name: Kenna Fallan
Track: II
Year: 4
Age: 21

Name: Shea Robinson
Track: II
Year: 4 with one more year
Age: 21

Allie: Tell us about a favorite moment you had as an adviser. 

Definitely tattooing Will’s bicep with a carrot. As well as… it’s more just the job and the position in its entirety for me that has been so powerful for me as a person. It's all my favorite. I love working with students. I love talking to them and I love being able to provide support and to validate their experiences as a person and as a student. For a long time, I didn't think I was enough or that my thoughts or feelings or doings were valid. No one should feel that way, and providing that validation in some way to students especially is so important and I hope that I can do that in some small way. This position has pushed me to be more comfortable with myself and also to be more compassionate and that has really changed the way that I see myself and has changed the way that I see other people.
Shea: I really like when students come in a flurry of emotions… and then at the end of our half an hour or hour together they leave, and they’re totally calm and relaxed and they feel good like they know what they’re doing. And to know that I had a part in making them feel better about their schedule or their life, even if it’s just a small piece of finding what classes they want to take, feels really good, and is a constant good thing about the job and something I really like.
A: What lessons will you take to your future jobs/vocations? 
S: I think the biggest thing for me, and I realized this maybe sophomore year, is that SA&FS really isn’t about the classes you take or, I mean the community is amazing, but it’s not even really about the people that you meet that are in your classes or the faculty  members, it’s just that you’re on this path and it’s the SA&FS path. And along the way, you meet these incredible people and you might learn this nugget of information or learn this piece about yourself that is really crucial to where you move in the future, and so I think knowing that I’m on a path, and not necessarily knowing where I’m going to be in the future or what this class is going to be teaching me or what this person is going to be teaching me or what this person is good for, doesn’t matter, but what matters is being able to live in this flux, in this unknown, and be okay with that, and be confident in myself that I’m graduating with the tools that I need, and that I have the ability to figure out what I need to do with this major and find a job or find a lifestyle that is going to keep instilling what I’m passionate about but is also going to serve me in the future. 
K: I really like what you (Shea) said about being comfortable with the unknown because that is definitely something that I struggle with regularly... knowing that it’s okay to not know the answers. Understanding that is something that I'm still working on, but it's been such a great thing for me. Knowing that people are different and to not assume anything about people. I didn’t just learn that in SA&FS; I’ve felt that way for a long time, but it's something that has become a lot more present for me. Moving forward with no judgement and a lot of compassion, and knowing that everybody is in a different place and everybody is moving in a different way and that’s totally okay. And I think too, to question everything. I am very much someone who takes things at face value. I am working to be more critical of a lot of things. Someone will say something to me and I’ll just believe them…I have too much trust in people and not enough confidence in myself I guess, but just SA&FS in general teaches me to be a lot more critical. One of the most prominent things that came out of Capstone for me and that Tom really pushed is to "assume positive intent." Tom putting it into those words for me allowed it to be more of a present thought in everything I do.
A: What is your favorite class in the major? 

CRD 20 and SSC 10… I think CRD 20 is my favorite for the content because it just blows open everything  you’ve ever thought or never thought of and just takes you for a ride and I know that my writing really grew,  learning how to write a lot better, learning how to think critically expanded. SSC 10 was the perfect college class in my opinion. You have a professor who is a rockstar but then he is so excited about soil that you get excited about soil. You meet three times a week for 50 minutes, so you’re in and out, you just have to pay attention for a short period of time and then you’re done. Your homework is just for your learning purposes and then your discussion is just to check the homework to make sure you’ve learned it. And the midterm and the final actually test you on your knowledge not on memorization, so it’s just the perfect class all the way around. I was also a huge fan of CRD 2. I know it’s changed a lot since I took it but the year I took it, it was a lot more low key. It felt like the first class where you were allowed to talk about race and talk about all of these issues and not be judged based on the color of your skin for why you’re talking about these issues.  It was just a safe space to actually talk about these issues and it seemed that everyone in the room wanted to get to a consensus about how we move forward as a people about all the systemic racism we’re still dealing with today.
K: Definitely those two classes and I’m lowkey in love with Randy Dahlgren. Actually, it’s probably highkey. Definitely CRD 20. It’s incredibly eye-opening and I still refer back to a lot of the text that we used in that class. Also, the chance for the final to not be a paper, but instead an open-style response. 
I loved that becauseI like writingit was just really nice to respond to an academic, very detailed, very intensive prompt with something that didn’t feel academic. I made a zine (magazine) called FemFruit that catalogued a feminist perspective on the food system. Issue one was looking at women’s role in the food system, as well as how capitalism affects the relationships women have with their bodies. It was a lot of fun and I love it a lot. One more class: totally Design 149 aka Information Design. It’s open to everybody and I tell everybody to take it because it’s amazing. That’s where I really discovered that I’m so deeply interested in making information accessible to people and easily understandable and interesting and engaging and I just love love love that class.

A: What veggie best describes you? Ultimate SA&FS question.
S: So when Vanessa asked this of our Capstone group because we were trying to engage this first idea of calling SA&FS students “veggies” I put down, carrot, because there are different kinds of colors, which a lot of people don’t know about, but there’s also the standard variety, which a lot of people know about, and so I saw that in there’s a lot in me but a lot of people might just see one thing. I think I’m often put into a box of cute little white girl which is important to acknowledge that there’s a lot of privilege with that, but it is a thing. I also have a lot of deep roots in terms of familial support, like the roots of the carrot, then the carrot top, that’s the part that’s often thrown away and discarded, there’s a part of me that’s dismissed. The carrot is crunchy, which means it takes some work to get into, but it’s tasty once you get into it. I’m really into symbolism, so I could take it.
K: Dang Shea, I was just going to go with “this, because I like them.” Yeah, I think, I’m going to say sweet peas, because that’s what my mom calls me, and I like peas, also.

Want to know more about Shea and Kenna? Read the full interview here. 

Beets Will Be Available to Review on ASI Website!
Are you wondering how you'll last until September without a Bi-Weekly Beet? Have you ever needed to look back on an old Bi-Weekly Beet, but lost it in the black hole of your Davis mail? 

Dry those tears Veggies, the Bi-Weekly Beets will no longer be lost! Soon enough, you will be able to scroll through Beets you may have missed or wish to see again on the ASI website. Be on the lookout!

Sustainable Meat Panel & Final Fireside
New Networks and Memories Made
The Sustainable Meat Production Panel that took place on May 20th was quite a success! Thank you to all of the SA&FS and Animal Science representatives who joined the conversation and came together as a new network. Be on the lookout for more exciting panels in the coming year! 

Another special thank you to Kenna Fallan for hosting our last fireside of the year! The K&S Dance With Us fireside was a great way to wrap up the year as a SA&FS community with delicious treats, conversation and music! 
Labor in the Food System: A View From INFAS
"Patricia's essay provides an interwoven discussion on labor in contemporary food systems by highlighting three themes that emerge from the special topic edition:

1.       Seeing labor issues and solutions as social--
           not individual--problems

2.       The reproduction of disenfranchisement

3.       Creating new political economic systems
The articles in this issue demonstrate in a number of ways that labor problems are not so much the result of individual choices, but rather part of an entire system that extracts value from those who are the most vulnerable and allocates it to those who are the most powerful.

Brought to you by INFAS: Inter-Institutional Network for Food and Agricultural Sustainability
EndNote: An Introductory Workshop for Researchers
"EndNote is a bibliographic management program which simplifies the process of generating bibliographies and reference lists. EndNote allows one to easily store, manage, and format references to any biological/agricultural/environmental science core style guide and also helps you organize and easily retrieve publication PDFs.

This introductory class will cover: creating EndNote libraries; direct export of citations from biological/agricultural article databases; importing PDFs into EndNote; adding citations to your libraries; output styles; and Cite While You Write (using EndNote with Microsoft Word)."


"EndNote Introduction for Biological/ Agricultural/ Environmental Researchers" 

Tuesday, June 7
3:00 - 4:30pm @
Shields Library Instruction Lab, Rm. 165
Register to attend here

Questions? Contact  Ruth Gustafson @
Apply for a Conservation Farm Internship with Native Seeds! 

"Native Seeds/SEARCH, a non-profit seed conservation organization, is seeking applicants for three full-time, paid internships at our Conservation Farm in Patagonia, Arizona. These internships will provide a unique and intensive learning opportunity for individuals interested in seed conservation, crop genetics, and regionally adapted dry-land agricultural systems in the Greater Southwest." 

Applications are due this Thursday, May 26.

Additional information, position description and details on application requirements at

Summer Filing For Graduation

Graduating this summer? 

Undergraduate students must file their graduation application by the appropriate deadline for the quarter in which they are filing to graduate.

Be sure to file for graduation between June 1 and July 22! 

More information found here

Dates & Deadlines
Quarter Deadlines
  • Last day to drop courses with a PTD, add courses with a PTA, & submit a Cancellation/Withdrawal form: June 2
Internship Deadlines
  • last day to submit SAF 092/192 Internship Approval Form for Summer & Fall quarter: June 2 (last day of class)
Graduation Dates & Deadlines
  • Filing period for Summer 2016 graduation: June 1 - July 22
  • SA&FS Graduation Ceremony: June 10 
  • Spring Quarter UC Davis Graduation Ceremony: June 10
A Year In Review: 2015-2016 SA&FS Timeline

Us Veggies have made so many memories that they do not even fit on one Beet!

Thank you to those that answered our poll!

Don't miss the memories! Be sure to check out the SA&FS 2015-2015 Timeline here. 
Thank You
From your peer advising team, and the greater SA&FS community: we have some incredibly passionate and kind people that we would like to thank (in no specific order!):
Professor Ryan Galt
Professor Will Horwath
Professor Tom P. Tomich
Professor Mark Van Horn
Galyna Erdman
Agricultural Sustainability Institute
Aubrey White
Ivon Garcia
Cynthia Goldberg
Campus Center for the Environment
Kiko Barr & Dining Services
Student Farm

Sprouting SA&FS Capstone Group
SA&FS Alumni
Students of SA&FS

You all are more appreciated than you know. Thank you to all of you who have given the time and energy to be a resource to students so that they may have success. Thank you to those that provide opportunities to students that allow us to grow and thank you to those that work with and support the SA&FS community. Thank you for your overall dedication to better this community as a whole. Your time, passion, energy, perspective, and presence fuel our community to be continuously greater than before. Your presence is invaluable, and is never unnoticed. Thank you for all that you do. 

We love all of you with our whole hearts,
Your Peer Advising Team

All Beets will soon be archived on our SA&FS website. Stay tuned for more info! 
SA&FS Facebook Group
SA&FS Website

Peer Advising Office Hours
Shea Robinson:
Mondays 9am - 12pm
Wednesdays 9am - 12pm
Kenna Fallan:
Tuesdays 1pm - 4pm
Thursdays 1pm - 4pm

SA&FS Peer Advising Office
1303 Hart Hall 
UC Davis

Call to Make an Appointment
(530) 752 - 2244

Peer Internship Coordinator (PIC)
Office Hours

Byron Bolton:
Tuesdays 10am - 12pm
Thursdays 10am - 12pm

PIC Advising Office
2326 Hart Hall 
UC Davis