March 12, 2017
In this Issue
  • An Interview with Stacy Nuryadi
  • A "Choc"-Full of Fun with Ryan Galt
  • Important Internship Deadlines
  • WestCo in Davis: Coming Up!
  • SA&FS In The Press
  • Senior Capstone Presentations
  • Upcoming Events & Sustainable Challenge of the Week
  • Dates & Deadlines
An Interview with Stacy Nuryadi
Stacy Nuryadi
Track II
5th year

Shea & Allie: What are your favorite classes you’ve taken at Davis?
Stacy: Too many, but two in particular stood out. One is Soil Science 10 with Randy Dahlgren. I took it during my first quarter in UC Davis and it played a huge role in my undergraduate career. I ended up doing several soil science internships and got to present original research on the subject in the Undergraduate Research Conference. I can talk about soils until the cows came home. Another class, Animal Science 49E (Horses), sparked in me an interest in the equine and livestock world that I never knew existed (before Davis, large animals scare me). I started taking other lower division animal science classes just for the fun of it, participated in the Little I Stock Show and did some riding/driving over at the Equestrian Center and the Horse Barn with the Draft Horse and Driving Club.
S&A: What made you choose SA&FS?
S: Funny story! We had a counselor when I was in high school who was supposed to help us narrow down major choices for college. She asked what I wanted to do. I said I didn’t know. She asked what I liked to do. I said, “Uh, eat?” So she suggested majoring in food science, which I thought sounded fun until I realized that I had to take a lot of chemistry (not my strongest subject!). I still wanted to do something with food, and I remembered the Percy Jackson book series I used to read all the time. If you guys didn’t know, it’s basically a modern take on Greek mythology. Demeter is the Greek goddess of agriculture, and for some reason I thought of her so I’m like, “I’m going to study agriculture” without even knowing if such a major actually exists. I’m glad it did.
S&A: Looking back now would you still choose SA&FS?
S: Absolutely! I can’t imagine my life without it.
S&A: Was SA&FS what you expected when you transferred/got here? What do you wish you would have known?
S: I transferred here expecting to learn how to grow food, basically. I had little clue about what sustainability is all about, and I went in more interested in the “agriculture” part of the SA&FS major.  The “sustainability” is just part of a package deal. Of course it was a lot more than that! This major has opened up my mind and broadened my horizons in so many ways, it’s like Enlightenment.
S&A: Tell us about your internship experience.
S: Actually, that was two summers ago. I was working in a small organic farm in Woodland, a non-profit and doing some beekeeping. It was mostly manual labor, but I learned a lot. I appreciate the producers of our food system a lot more now.
S&A: Do you have a focus for restricted electives?
S: Anything that has to do with food production, really, but mostly plant science courses. They are great, since we get to go on a lot of field trips and there are a lot of hands-on work involved. If I had more time I’d have taken more applied production courses in, say, food and animal science or viticulture and enology.
S&A: Do you wish the major had met your expectations? What would you change?
S: The major has been everything I wanted it to be and more. There were some issues about how the internship requirement was supposed to work when I started out but I believe everything’s been sorted out now.
S&A: Do you know what you want to do with SA&FS?
S: Change the world? *laughs* Well, I want to eventually start my own food company back home in Indonesia. Perhaps as a supplier working with local producers. The local food system isn’t very good there. The technical know-how just isn’t there, and we are very inefficient in the way we use our resources. We export a lot of commodities from other countries because we are unable to become self-sufficient. Tariffs have been removed in order to meet the demand for consumers, which hurts small farmers. I’d like to be able to do something about it.
S&A: Tell us one thing you love about the major.
S: The people, the community, the culture of the major, really. Everyone knows each other and we’re all really good friends. I considered y’all to be my family.
S&A: What skill-set does this major prepare you for?
S: Critical thinking, communication and leadership skills, as well as how to apply what is learned in the classroom to the real world.
S&A: What does a typical SA&FS student look like?
S: All the SA&FS students I know are really good cooks! They’re always doing things like making kombucha and pickling vegetables and making their own sauerkraut. You can always pick out a SA&FS person from a crowd from their reusable water bottles (plastered with stickers) and the confident manner in which they voice their opinions on issues important to them and of which they are passionate about.
S&A: What is your ideal SA&FS community?
S: Farm potlucks and good music followed by a quirky hands-on activity like making your own tinctures or flower crowns and stuff like that . Lively discussions  and forums in which people would exchange ideas and diverse opinions on a variety of issues.
S&A: Is there anything you would like people to know about you that they may not know already?
S: Ha! Let’s see. I’m an aviation geek. I write fiction in my spare time. I listen to musicals (in a smattering of different languages) or British cooking shows (don’t ask) when I work out. I have a secret fangirl personality *coughs* that only a few people know about. I was a junior a transfer from Washington, so you never got to know me as a freshman.
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A "Choc"-Full of Fun With Ryan Galt
Thank you to everyone who spent last Thursday evening in the company of Ryan Galt, pizza and chocolate! 

During his fireside chat, Ryan walked us through several different origins and flavors of chocolate, explaining the qualities and processes that make the differences in flavor. 
The best part of Ryan's fireside? It's hard to tell. But we will tell you his chocolate recommendations: 

Looking for the ideal chocolate experience? Check out Dandelion Chocolate in San Francisco, which offers a brownie flight showcasing cacao from different origins. 

Need some chocolate for the drive back from SF? Stop at Tcho Chocolate for some fudgey flavors.

Have a sophisticated palate? Be sure to buy some Raaka Chocolate. Raaka's crafters simply ferment the cacao without roasting the beans that go into the chocolate for a more "raw" flavor. 

Want to become a flavor variety expert? Cello Chocolate makes six different bars that will walk you through a wide-range of taste. 

Only have a bike? Ryan's recommendations from the Davis Co-Op include Tcho, Theo, and Taza bars. 
Internship Paperwork Due This Friday!
This is a friendly reminder that all internship paperwork is due to the office by this Friday, March 17th! 

Be sure to complete and turn in all internship paperwork in order to:
1. earn units for an internship you are currently doing* OR
2. earn units for an internship you will be completing in Spring

*Note that the final internship meeting of the quarter, which is MANDATORY for those completing an internship this quarter, has passed.

Not sure what all the internship fuss is about? Learn more about the internship requirement for the major here
Introducing Karen Clementi
SA&FS is happy to welcome Karen Clementi, Tom's new executive analyst!

You may see Karen as you enter the Agricultural Sustainability Institute, or be in contact with her regarding ASI-related queries. Contact Karen at if you would like to make an appointment with Tom Tomich!

If you see Karen in the ASI office or around campus, be sure to give a warm welcome and introduce yourself! 
Agrarian Elders: Planning for Succession Workshop
"By the end of this workshop, farmers will understand:
  • the basic components of farm succession planning and how to get started with the first conversation.
  • the key financial risks in retirement planning and how the use of options like financing, leasing, or easements can help.
  • the first few steps in analyzing and valuing your farm business.
  • the resources and advisors available to help this process along."
Register here! 
March 15, 2017
10 am - 3 pm 
$35 per person
$25 Farm Bureau Members
$10 Per Additional Family Member

For more information contact or call 831.425.0303 x7017

WestCo is Just Around The Corner!
WestCo, an annual conference for members of Cooperatives in the Western United States and Canada, will be held this year in Davis, CA from April 14th through 16th. WestCo is a space for local cooperators to build community, attend educational workshops and social events, and celebrate their common interests and experiences!

This year's conference is organized by members of the Solar Community Housing Association, an 88-member housing cooperative made up of five communities in Davis, CA. 
The conference schedule and logistical information will be posted online in March, and registration will open during the week of February 27th. To receive updates, sign up hereIf you have any questions about the conference, email Alyssa Clark at

Are you interested in leading a workshop or a skill-share at WestCo this year? Apply online - the deadline to submit proposals is TOMORROW, March 13th. Email Scout Faller at if you have any questions.

Click here for more information about WestCo!
SA&FS Is in the Press!
Say whaaat? Read it in The Aggie here.
Senior Capstone Presentations
More Reasons for SA&FS to Be in the Press
Come support our graduating class as they present some of their greatest work at UC Davis!

These Veggies have been working in multidisciplinary teams to address specific problems and opportunities of sustainable agriculture and food systems, while identifying and consulting with key stakeholders to understand their needs and concerns.

What is the Senior Capstone? In this UCD course, seniors collaborate and work with a team over two quarters on a project of their interests that benefits the community.

Why should I check these out? For inspiration about your own capstone project, to learn about recent initiatives that have been addressed by our student community, and to see what our awesome seniors have worked so hard on this year!

How will this be used? This will become professional resource for graduates that want to have a link to their project on a UCD website!

When will they be presented so I can attend? March 19th, 8am-3pm at the Bowley Plant Science and Teaching Facility

We hope to see you there!
Upcoming Events
Population Genomics of Struture Variation in Maize and Teosinte: Insights from Copy Number Variants and Inversions
Wendesday, March 15
12:10-1pm @ Asmundson Hall
242 Big Hanna Room

"Population Genomics of Structure Variation in Maize and Teosinte: Insights from Copy Number Variants and Inversions — Wenbin Mei, postdoc, Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis. He works on the population genetics of copy number variants and inversions in maize and teosinte. He is also part of the Maize Diversity Project."
Campus Tour of Olive Center
Wednesday, March 15
1:45-3:30pm @ RMI Sensory
Front Desk
Register Here
"Join Executive Director Dan Flynn, for a special tasting and tour of the UC Davis Olive Center. The UC Davis Olive Center is a self-funded university/industry coalition that seeks to do for olives what UC Davis did for wine.
The world-renowned Center brings together nearly 60 UC faculty members, research specialists and farm advisors who address the research and education needs of California olive growers and processors. The Center also collaborates with institutions worldwide."

Endnote Introduction for Biological/Agricultural/Environmental Sciences Researchers
Thursday, March 23rd
3:30-5pm @ Peter J. Shields Library
Instruction Room 165
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, or environmental science core style guide such as CSE, NLM, ACS, or APA or to any specific biological, agricultural, or environmental journal style such as FASEB J, J Exp Biol, Plant Cell, J Agr Food Chem, or Front Ecol Environ. EndNote also helps you organize and easily retrieve publication PDFs.
Sustainable Challenge
of the Week
(Peas on Earth)

Sustainable Challenge of the Week: Purchase A More Sustainable Product

What is the first quality of a product that you look for at the grocery store? Is it ingredients, nutritional value, price, etc.? How do these qualities influence the choices you make when purchasing food, and how would your grocery list change if you added "sustainability" to your food criteria?

This week, we challenge you to purchase a sustainably-produced product that you normally choose for a quality other than sustainability, such as price. This may mean purchasing organic pasta, or free-range eggs, instead of your typical conventional foods. As you consume this product, record your experience while highlighting the differences (if any) between this product and your default product. Is this sustainably-produced product tastier? More difficult to prepare? Healthier for your body? Share your experiences with others, and challenge them to try it out for themselves! 

Take this challenge a step further by asking yourself what sustainable food means to you, and how you define food that is good for your body.

Post your thoughts on social media and hashtag #BiWeeklyBeetSCW

Want to do more? Check out CCE's recommendations or subscribe to their listserv!


Dates & Deadlines
General Deadlines
  • Last day to drop courses with a PTD, add courses with a PTA, & submit a Cancellation/Withdrawal form: Mar 17
SA&FS Internship Deadlines
  • submit approval form to receive units for an internship you are completing in Winter: PAST DUE (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: April 5th
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Shea Robinson:
Wednesdays 9am - 12pm, 1pm-4pm

Allie Fafard:
Mondays 1pm - 4pm
Thursdays 1pm - 4pm

*Hours will be different during finals week

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*

Vanessa Lovel:
Tuesdays 11am-12:30pm
Thursdays 1pm-2:30

*Hours may be different during finals week 

PIC Advising Office:
2324 Hart Hall 
UC Davis


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