October 16, 2016
In this Issue
  • An Interview with Martin Vicario
  • Major Important Information
  • Join the Advising Team!
  • Upcoming Events & Veggie of the Week
  • The Kalest Club In Town
  • Discover ASI Features
  • Graduation Deadlines
  • Dates & Deadlines
Cooler mornings, longer To-Do lists, blue jays and pumpkin spice everything. October is upon us. 

Allow this newsletter to give you a momentary escape from midterm studies. What's been going on in the SA&FS world? We've put it all in one place for you: student interviews, course list updates, honey bees and seasonal recipes. Check it out!
An Interview With Martin Vicario

Martín Vicario
Track III
Fourth Year

Allie and Shea: What is your favorite class?

Martín: SAS 2: Feeding the Planet. Both the teacher and the subject. I was actually pre-med until I took that class. I think just seeing how we’re messing everything up. How everything we consider normal as far as food system or energy or anything like that is, everything we see is normal, is messing things up pretty badly. And we have solutions for it, at least on the energy side of things, we have renewable energy, but we’re not taking action on that.
A&S: Are you glad you chose SA&FS?
Martín: Yeah, definitely. I mean, one it looks good to employers, as far as the interviews I’ve had, that you’ve studied ag at Davis. I say “ag business,” because it’s Track III. But if they ask me for my full title, I’ll say sustainable agriculture and food systems emphasis in economics and policy.
A&S: So tell us about your interviews. It’s really cool you have already started them.
Most recently, it wasn’t a very formal interview, but I shared a meal with this guy who is a purchaser for Whole Foods and he oversees all the purchasing, mostly in the meat and fish aspect, but right when I told him I was studying ag at Davis, he gave me his contact information and invited me to his house in Santa Cruz, to go see his office. Another interview was with OLAM. I like that they’re responsible, socially and environmentally, but they also get that economic side of things, which seems to be an issue in sustainable ag.
A&S: So talk a little bit more about your restricted electives.
So Farm Management, I was looking at Farm Appraisals, but it doesn’t work with my schedule. ARE is my favorite, for sure.
A&S: What does your ideal SA&FS community look like?
I think it would be really cool if we somehow produced enough, it would probably need all the SA&FS people to be involved, if we ran a farm, or just make the SF farm bigger to produce most of it, the meat, the produce, not just the lettuce once a week.

A&S: Is there anything about you that you want people to know, that they may not know?
Oh whoa. Well I have webbed toes. Let the people know. Something people don’t know. I think my major kind of says it all. I’ve been told I look like someone who doesn’t care at all. Yeah, I care.

Major Important Information
Track II and Track III got some majorly needed updates, most importantly to the depth subject matter classes!

A quick run down: 
Track II now has 14 new depth subject matter options
Track III now has 9 new depth subject matter options 

Some of these include: CRD 149 (Community Development Perspectives on Environmental Justice), SOC 130 (Race Relations) NAS 123 (Native Foods and Farming of the Americas) and WMS 136 (Gender, Production, Consumption, and Meaning)

If you have a question about these options, go check out the new forms on ASI or stop by the office and grab a new Major Evaluation Form!

Now Hiring: SAFS Peer Advisor & Peer Internship Coordinator! 
What To Know
SA&FS Peer Advisors have responsibilities include advising and outreach! Most SA&FS Peer Advisors have not had prior experience working in the position before their acceptance in the position. Being a peer adviser will give you a newfound confidence in your abilities to handle responsibility, grow your comfort zone, and create a tangible set of skills/tool to take into future jobs. 

As a PIC you will gain in-depth knowledge about the internship process and be  trusted by SA&FS track and academic advisors to guide students in a key area of the major. Acting as the PIC is good for your postgrad life! You will create invaluable connections with SA&FS advisors and have the opportunity to give back to the community be changing the way  the SA&FS internship operates. With flexible hours and training included, the PIC position is a fun and rewarding opportunity!

Look no further, Veggies, your search is over. The advising team invites you to apply for next year's Peer Advising position or Peer Internship Coordinator!
Peer Advisor
Paid Position

"I can't think about my time at UC Davis or in SA&FS without thinking about the enormous impact being an adviser had on my life. I stumbled into the position quite on accident; a close friend told me I should go out for the position because I would be good at it. After my first year in the position, I started to realize that for the first time in my life, I had something I actually was good at! I would meet with students and they would come into the office in a total meltdown about not getting into classes, not graduating on time, or not finding and internship, and by the end of our time together, they would be calm and confident in their path for the future.
Do I want to be an advisor for the rest of my life? Maybe. But most importantly, I found a skill set that I could confidently take out into the job market. If any of this peaks your interest, then please apply for this position, and join out awesome peer advisor, Allie, who the office gets to hold onto for another year."
-Shea Robinson, Current PA
Application Deadline: November 26, 2016
Peer Internship Coordinator

"As the Peer Internship Coordinator, I had the fantastic opportunity to be an expert on a subject in the efforts to help assuage the fears of a great number of students! Coordinating the internship process for 50-100 students at a time, while acting as the piece of the puzzle that can help guide my peers through internships, I found to be a very rewarding experience!" -Byron Bolton, Current PIC

Application Deadline: October 29, 2016

Apply Here! 
Upcoming Events
Sustainable Living and Learning Community Workshops

Thursday, Oct 27th & Wednesday, Nov 9th
5-6:30pm @ the Student Farm Shop

First Workshop: Wellness, Food Security, Current Residences
Second Workshop: Resources & Planning

"The Student Farm is part of a broader community called the SLLC. Come learn and discuss about the SLLC's background, sustainability, and food awareness."    

Engaging Universities to End Global
Poverty and Hunger

Monday, Oct 17th
10:30am-12pm @ Conference Center & Welcome Center
Rm 2207
"With more Feed the Future Innovation Labs than any other university, UC Davis is tackling issues ranging from chickpea and millet productivity to poultry, horticulture and asset management by small farmers in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

This seminar will feature the chief scientist for USAID’s Bureau for Food Security and a panel discussion with the UC Davis program directors, along with a presentation on two of the innovation labs."

Carve and Compost
Sunday, Oct 23rd
1-3pm @ Animal Science GATEway Garden

"Want to make your holidays more sustainable? Bring your pumpkin and join the Arboretum Ambassadors and Project Compost for a pumpkin carving and composting workshop. Decorate your pumpkin and learn how to turn jack o’ lantern waste and everyday food scraps into compost. A limited number of pumpkins will be supplied."

2-hour parking is available at no charge in the Davis Commons Shopping Center parking lot!

Veggie of the Week

You, voted and we listened. This Beet's Veggie of the Week is the Brussels Sprout!

Fun Facts About Brussels Sprouts

1. There are more than 110 varieties of brussels sprouts!

2.  In August, adventurer Stuart Kettell, 49, rolled a Brussels sprout to the top of Mt. Snowdon using only his nose, to raise money for Macmillan Cancer support.

3. The freshest sprouts are green with a white base. Slightly yellow or brown brussels may be old. 

4. Overcooking sprouts makes them smell like rotten eggs due to the high levels of sulforaphane they contain. On the other hand, roasted, sautéed or grilled sprouts can taste sweet and nutty – and delicious!

5. Brussels sprouts are in season from Fall to late Winter and colors range from green to purple!

What is all the hype about? Try the following recipe and find out! 
Honey Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts 
(Vegan? Swap with Agave!)

You can vote on the VOTW on the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Facebook group on a Bi-Weekly Basis. 

The Kalest Club In Town

Responsible Eating: Students for Sustainable Agriculture is the kalest club in town!

RE:SSA is a space to discuss current food issues and take field trips on and off campus pertaining to all things food!

Weekly meetings are held on Wednesdays from 5-6pm @ location TBA (see club website). Members discuss current events in food and take field trips! 

This club is open to all majors, bring your friends!
Discover ASI: This Beet's Feature
With a few recent changes to the major, be sure to check out the updated SA&FS Course List! The Course List is a great tool to reference when making sure you'e on track to graduate (don't forget University requirements!) 

While this is a valuable tool, remember that you don't have to do it all on your own! Any questions about the course list or the major are welcome in the advising office! 
Filing For Graduation?
Graduating this upcoming Winter, Spring or Summer? Come talk to us to ensure your study plan is up to date and on its way to completion. 

Winter deadline to file for graduation or commencement: Nov 8th-Dec 2nd (last day of classes)

Dates & Deadlines
General Deadlines
  • Last day to drop 10-day drop courses, file petitions to change from full-time to part-time status, & file a Planned Educational Leave Program (PELP) petition: Oct 4
  • Last day for wait lists & to add courses: Oct 6
  • Last day to drop 20-day drop courses & to file for the course materials waiver: Oct 18
  • Last day to opt for P/NP or S/U grading: Oct 25
  • Last day to drop courses with a PTD, add courses with a PTA, & submit a Cancellation/Withdrawal form: Dec 2
SA&FS Internship Deadlines
  • submit approval form to receive units for an internship you are completing in Fall: PAST DUE
  • turn in final reflection and internship paper for Fall credit: Dec 2
  • Fall quarter internship meeting one: Oct 6, 6-7pm @ Bowley 101
  • Fall quarter internship meeting two: Oct 19, 7-8pm @Bowley 101
  • Fall quarter internship meeting three: Nov 3, 6-7pm @ Bowley 101
  • Fall quarter internship meeting four: Nov 16, 7-8pm @ Bowley 101
  • submit approval form to receive units for an internship you are completing in Winter: Dec 2
  • turn in final reflection and internship paper for Winter credit: March 17
  • submit approval form to receive units for an internship you are completing in Spring: March 17
  • turn in final reflection and internship paper for Spring credit: June 8
Next Beet: October 30th
SA&FS Facebook Group
SA&FS Website

Peer Advising Office Hours
Shea Robinson:
Mondays 1pm - 4pm
Wednesdays 2pm - 5pm

Allie Fafard:
Mondays 9am - 12pm
Fridays 9am - 12pm

SA&FS Peer Advising Office
1303 Hart Hall 
UC Davis

Call to Make an Appointment
(530) 752 - 1805

or schedule at

Peer Internship Coordinator (PIC)
Office Hours

Byron Bolton:
Mondays 12pm - 1pm
Tuesdays 1:30pm - 2:30pm

PIC Advising Office
2326 Hart Hall 
UC Davis


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