February 26, 2017
In this Issue
  • An Interview with Noah Lakritz
  • A Fireside Chat with Ryan Galt
  • Speak Out For SA&FS with Sue Ebeler
  • Volunteer at FFA Field Day
  • Winter Career Fair: Who's Coming?
  • WestCo Hosted in Davis!
  • Upcoming Events & Sustainable Challenge of the Week
  • Dates & Deadlines
An Interview with Noah Lakritz
Noah Lakritz
Track I

Allie and Shea: Why did you choose SA&FS?
Noah: I was looking at a lot of different schools, mostly looking at small liberal arts schools, actually, because based on my high school experience, I went to a kind of small school and that’s the kind of academics I was used to. And so I wanted something kind of liberal arts, and I was really big into environmentalism and everything, it’s so scary, you know environmentally right now. There’s just a lot of stuff going on. So I thought I was going to do environmental studies, but then it just seemed really broad and kind of like what am I going to do. Then I toured Davis, my sister had gone here. They had a booth for SA&FS, maybe it was Decision Day, but I talked to Andrew Baskin, and I’ve always been really interested in food, I like to cook a lot, and I like to eat. That’s a big hobby for me, so I realized I could make this connection between environmentally minded schoolwork and food. And agriculture was cool, I come from Marin, which has a bunch of cool small scale agriculture. And also, I looked at the course catalog, and SA&FS seemed pretty interdisciplinary, so almost more towards the liberal arts type education. Davis has SA&FS, and I’ve realized this more, I didn’t realize this completely when I was choosing schools, but at Davis you get a range of academic opinions and mindsets and worldviews, that you might not get elsewhere. I came in as SA&FS, so it’s been easy for me, because I’ve gotten all my requirements right away. I’m definitely on pace to graduate on time. So now I’m choosing more elective courses which is fun.
A&S: Is the ranch you’re wanting to intern at this summer something you want to do post-grad?
N: I don’t know. I think it’s kind of ridiculous to say what I want to do before I actually do something that’s hands-on related to theoretically what I want to do. This summer I want to get out of just staying in Davis, and I want to be outdoors.
A&S: What’s the focus of your Restricted Electives?
N: I’m focusing a little bit on animal agriculture, I’m taking Rangeland Ecology (PLS 130) right now. But I’m also taking Sustainable Nutrient Management (SSC 109), and then I took Native Foods and Farming (NAS 123), because I’m better and I enjoy more classes where I can do a lot of reading and writing or social science oriented. But I did Track I because I felt that there were a lot of resources at Davis that I could take advantage of if I studied more science, and I figure I can kind of catch up on the social science stuff if I need to. I’m definitely happy with it.
A&S: So you mentioned before we started the interview that you were interested in sustainable animal management, which is interesting since most SA&FS students are more inclined towards the plant managment.
N: Yeah I’m not like a big animal lover, necessarily. I’ve never had pets. But I do like, it’s kind of cool working with chickens, they’re like weird dinosaur things. But I’m not especially comfortable with animals or anything like that. I kind of have to force myself, but that’s because I haven’t been around them enough, probably.
A&S: So you’re definitely interested in challenging yourself, but what classes have you loved?
N: Classes I have loved...I loved Intro to Sustainable Ag (PLS 15), I loved that class, that was so cool for me. And Food Systems (CRD 20), so those core SA&FS classes were two of my favorites. The topics and the professors and the way they were taught, I just thought they were really good and being broad but specific at the same time. They left it totally open ended.s in classes I enjoyed less, people were trying to prove a point and treating you as someone who was younger and an underling, then actually trying to engage with you and challenge you without talking down to you. And that’s something that those professors did really well, yeah, Ryan and Neal and Mark. Other classes I really liked, African American Studies 18, Caribbean Studies. The history, the social analysis, and learning, I really like history honestly, and the way the history was relevant to agriculture, we learned about agriculture a lot actually, it all connected for me. I liked Principles of Soil Science (SSC 100), too. It was really hard and I didn’t do super well, but it was still super cool. And then Native American Studies 123 was also really cool. She really connected with all kinds of things, she touched on animal agriculture, she touched on the cultivation of crops from their native ancestors, and how that’s progressed, and biodiversity, and connected it also to our current environmental and agriculturally dominant situation. There’s classes that I’ve not enjoyed, but I got something out of it, and I realized I may not be as interested or disagree with some things, but it will still be inspiring for me, and makes me question what I thought about it. I feel like it’s been a pretty good overall education that I’ve gotten.
A&S: If there’s something you could change about the major, what would it be?
N: Yeah, I don’t know. Honestly, the amount of classes we’re required to take is a bit much, but at the same time, the classes have always been relevant. It’s a pretty focused major, and that’s what I wanted going in, so I can’t really complain about that...But I’m one of those guys, Allie knows, that’s always raising my hand in class. I’m annoying, but it’s okay. The thing is the reason that I’m that way as a student and the reason that I demand out of my professors and my education is because I was lucky enough to go to one of the best private high schools in the bay area, Marin Academy. Every class, I was personally challenged by my teachers and we were constantly having in class discussions and debates and it was a really hands-on experience, especially in regards to social science. It was a very dynamic environment. I got a lot out of that, and I transferred that assertiveness in the classroom to Davis. And that’s something that’s made me sad about the way I’ve seen some of my classmates handle their education here, is they let it happen to them rather than engaging with it. Because if you don’t challenge anything, there’s reasons you’re being taught all these different things and it’s not disrespectful to challenge those ideas. It’s okay to be questioning your professors. And an important thing is I go to office hours and I talk to the professor about where I’m coming from, and then it’s not as awkward because then they know me. And professors have acknowledged me and told me they appreciate my doing that. At some points, I have to check myself, and make sure I know what I’m talking about. But sometimes I don’t realize that unless I have asked that question in the first place.

A&S: So do you think your inquisitiveness has come from your background or SA&FS?
N: I think SA&FS has helped nurture that. My issue is not my education, because I’ve had other classes that have given me that diverse perspective because of SA&FS, but students with more streamlined majors are not getting that perspective and are only getting one side of the issue. And that creates a divide and that’s palpable the way they teach these classes, it’s like they’re trying to prove a point to you, because they think people are going against them. Trying to prove to you that it’s good because they feel like they’re being attacked from all angles. They think that SA&FS students have just watched Cowspiracy and that’s really the perspective that I’ve seen from some students. That either you’re pro animal agriculture or you’ve watched Cowspiracy and you’re a vegan. That’s not an intellectual discourse! If just trying to prove someone wrong. And that’s what I think is cool about SA&FS, systems thinking, you know, and it’s important, to think like that. I think that SA&FS has definitely supported my intellectual journey or whatever. My assertiveness, or whatever. Yeah, systems thinking, it’s cool. But for a lot of those students, college is vocational training.
A&S: So does the fact that SA&FS is not really about a pipeline to get you to a certain kind of job make you nervous about your future?
N: Yeah, kind of. I think that I felt pretty comfortable about focusing on my education. But I think before I even think about specifics, when I think about food and farming and agriculture, it doesn’t necessarily concern me finding out what I’m going to do. There are so many opportunities. I don’t want to see myself fitting into someone’s demand. Which is obviously a privileged thing to say, but until it comes to that and I figure out who I want to work for and have to prove I’m a valuable asset, I’m just going to keep learning and framing my perspective and improving the skills that I have. That being said, I need to do more to have practical skills, rather than just being a good thinker, because I don’t think it gets you that far. I’m trying to focus on understanding things generally  before I can wrap my head around what I’m going to do for a career. And a lot of it, seems to depend on the political climate and who’s in power. A lot of stuff I would do in regards to animal agriculture and sustainability, like public lands management, and stuff like that, which is federally owned, you know so that might change.
A&S: Well we always end with a fun fact.
N: Yesterday, I made fresh pasta. I’d never done it before, but I was kind of just bored, sitting at home, I was like I have all the ingredients, I should just make it, because pasta is my favorite food. And I made it and it came out pretty good, honestly, it’s not that hard. I didn’t have a good sauce, that was the problem. It was more the accomplishment of making the noodles. But I needed more a red sauce or something more saucy than what I had. I don’t know if that’s a fun fact though, I can think about something else. 
A Fireside Chat with Ryan Galt
Mark your calendars, Veggies! 

The legendary Ryan Galt will be hosting a fireside chat this Thursday, March 2nd at Village Pizza. 
Last November, Ryan gave us a introduction to his research. Now we're following up. Let's Choco(late) about it, part two!

What: Ryan's Fireside Chat
When: THIS Thursday, March 2nd at 4pm
Where: Village Pizza Patio (weather permitting)
Why: To network in a casual setting, get to know other SA&FS students, and because pizza!!

We can't wait to see you there!
Speak Out For SA&FS With Sue Ebeler
You have the tools. You have the knowledge. You have the experience. 
No one knows SA&FS like you do. And that is why Sue Ebeler, associate dean for undergraduates, wants to hear from YOU. 

Join Sue at this forum designed to bridge the gap between students and staff. Sue has no agenda other than to respond to students, so come prepared with questions or topics you would like to discuss. 

Want something to change about your SA&FS experience? Now is your chance. Stay for the entire period or attend as it works with your schedule. Cookies and fruit will be provided. 

What: "Office Hours" with Sue Ebeler
When: Monday, February 27 @ 4-5pm
Where: 1328 Hart Hall

We hope to see you there!
Volunteer at FFA Field Day
FFA needs your help! Come out and Volunteer this Friday, March 3rd, and Saturday, March 4th. Volunteers are needed from 7:30am-4pm in the PES building to grade tests, monitor rooms, and be a "room rummer." This is an indoor event and breakfast and lunch will be provided. What a great way to help out and additionally earn some community service hours to put on a resume! 

"The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will be holding its 41st Annual Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Field Day on Friday, March 3 and Saturday, March 4, 2017. This Field Day is open to FFA and 4-H high school students from California and surrounding states. These high school students come to Davis to compete in 25 different agriculturally based judging contests, ranging from livestock judging to agriculture computer applications. UC Davis students from a variety of majors coordinate the contests. Faculty and staff in CA&ES and local community members serve as advisers for these contests."

If interested, please email the coordinators of this competition:
Luis Sanchez -
Hayley Kaae -
Winter Career Fair: Who's Coming?
The Winter Career Fair is taking place this Wednesday, March 1st from 10am-2pm in the ARC Pavilion. Here are some companies attending that might spark your interest! 
            Blue Diamond Growers
            California Department of Pesticide Regulation
California Grain and Feed Association
Foster Farms
HM. Clause
J.R. Simplot Company
Olam International
The Wonderful Company
            AlphaImpactRx (a QuintilesIMS company)
            Antea Group USA
            Apex Life Sciences
            California Department of Pesticide Regulation
            California Grain and Feed Association
            California Public Utilities Commission
            McCormick Biological, Inc.
            The Wonderful Company
            The Dennis Group
            Bronco Wine Company
            Cakebread Cellars
            Delicato Family Vineyards
            Domaine Chandon
            Duckhorn Wine Company
            E&J Gallo Sales
            E&J Gallo Winery
            Franciscan Estate Winery
            Gloria Ferrer Caves and Vineyards
            Pernod Ricard Winemakers USA
            Robert Mondavi Winery
            Rodney Strong Wine Estates
            Sunview Vineyards of California, Inc.
            The Hess Collection
            The Napa Valley Reserve
            The Wine Group
            The Wonderful Company
            Treasury Wine Estates
            Trichero Family Estates
            Vintage Wine Estates
Albertsons Companies
            Amy’s Kitchen
            California Grain and Feed Association
            Foster Farms
            J.R. Simplot Company
            The Wonderful Company
            The Dennis
WestCo Coming to Davis!
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 Monday, March 13th. Email Scout Faller at if you have any questions.

Click here for more information about WestCo!
Upcoming Events
Orchard Demographics and Effects of Climate and Infrastructure Trends on the
Impacts of California Orchard Production

Wednesday, March 1st
12-1pm @ Ghausi Hall 
Room 3102B

Presented by "Elias Marvinney, Ph.D. candidate in the UC Davis Department of Plant Sciences. He studies energy use, material flow and environmental impacts in perennial cropping systems with a focus on life-cycle assessment and geographic information systems approaches."
Marianne Page, The Impact of U.S. Food and Nutrition Programs on Child Well-Being
Tuesday, March 7th
12-1pm @ Memorial Union
Garrison Room (upstairs) 

"The 2016-2017 Campus Community Book Project, featuring Raj Patel's Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System, invites you to a lecture by Marianne Page, Professor, Department of Economics and Deputy Director, Center for Poverty Research."
Folk Music Jam Session
Friday, March 10th
12-1pm @ Arboretum Wyatt Deck

"Folk musicians are invited to play together informally during this acoustic jam session. Pull out your fiddles, guitars, mandolins, penny whistles, pipes, flutes, squeezeboxes (you name it) and join your fellow musicians for a little bluegrass, old-time, blues, Celtic, klezmer, and world music over the lunch hour. All skill levels and listeners welcome!"
Sustainable Challenge
of the Week
(Peas on Earth)

Sustainable Challenge of the Week: Unplug your appliances! 

Can you save electricity by unplugging? Phantom power, the power consumed by cords plugged in but not in use, typically accounts for 10% of one's power use (according to LBNL)! 

How many cords are plugged in at your home right now? If you think about each room individually, you may realize you have more plugged in than you would guess. From toasters to phone chargers to coffee makers to space heaters to printers to televisions, opportunities to save electricity surround you. Start unplugging today and watch your average electricity bill decline! 

Compete with friends and see who can reduce their electricity bill by a higher percentage! 

Interested in learning more? Click here!
Looking for more of a challenge? Click here

Have a suggestion for an upcoming SCW? Send it in an email to Allie ( or Shea (, we would love to include it in our next Beet! 

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: March 11th
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Shea Robinson:
Wednesdays 9pm - 12pm, 1pm-4pm

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

SA&FS Peer Advising Office
1303 Hart Hall 
UC Davis

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

PIC Advising Office:
2324 Hart Hall 
UC Davis


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