Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist
Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist
- Ph.D. Wildland Resource Science, University of California, Berkeley, 2004
- B.A. Geography/Ecosystems, University of California, Los Angeles, 1991
Building equitable, economically viable and culturally relevant food systems in metropolitan areas that contribute to healthy communities, ecological diversity and sustainable livelihoods.
My work aims to engage diverse stakeholders across the spectrum of the food system through participatory and collaborative research methodologies, exploring effective communication strategies and culturally appropriate methods, materials and places to ensure diverse representation, input, and participation. My approach is to shift from “extending” knowledge and information toward participatory needs assessment and co-creation of research and educational materials that respond to public needs and foster peer learning networks. My experience with combining hands-on workshops and on-farm ‘coaching’ with ‘grower-leaders’ has led to greater levels of understanding, trust, and adoption of recommended practices. My goal is to continue expanding capacity of both existing farmer networks and the organizations that serve them. Areas of research and extension include:
- Improving the economic and ecological viability of minority farmers in metropolitan agricultural regions
- Enhancing tribal health and food security
- Developing youth leadership
- Advancing a community – university partnership at the Gill Tract (see 2015-2017 Biennial Report)
- Evaluating laws and regulations that inhibit and enable metropolitan agriculture
- Developing a food safety curriculum for smaller farms with limited resources (see NY Times article and video "The Changing Face of California Agriculture")
- Promoting agro-biodiversity of cultural foods in metropolitan “food deserts”
Mucioki, M., Sowerwine, J. and Sarna-Wojcicki, D. 2018. Thinking inside and outside the box: local and national considerations of the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR). Journal of Rural Studies. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrurstud.2017.11.002
Sowerwine, J., 2016. Enhancing Tribal Health and Food Sovereignty Among the Karuk, Klamath, and Yurok Tribes in the Klamath Basin through Collaborative Partnerships. Rural Connections. https://wrdc.usu.edu/files-ou/publications/pub__3014847.pdf
Sowerwine, J., Getz, C. and Peluso N. 2015. The Myth of the Protected Worker: Southeast Asian Farmers in California Agriculture. Agriculture and Human Values. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10460-014-9578-3
Sowerwine, J. and Getz, C. 2013. The Changing Face of California Agriculture: Identifying challenges and providing opportunities for Southeast Asian and other minority farmers. Rural Connections.
Sowerwine, J. 2013. “Socialist rules and post‐war politics: Reflections on nationality and fieldwork among the Yao in northern Vietnam” in Red Stamps and Gold Stars: Fieldwork Dilemmas in Upland Socialist Asia, edited by Sarah Turner, Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press.
Minkoff, L.A., Peluso, N., Sowerwine, J. and Getz, C. 2011. “Race and Regulation: Asian Immigrants in California Agriculture” in The Food Justice Reader, edited by A. Alkon and J. Agyeman, Boston: MIT Press.
Sowerwine, J. 2011. “The Cultural Politics of Agrarian Change in the Highlands of Ba Vi, Vietnam” in Upland Transformations: Opening Boundaries in Vietnam, edited by T.Sikor, Nghiem, T., Sowerwine, J., Romm, J National University of Singapore Press.
Sowerwine, J. 2011. “The Politics of Highland Landscapes in Vietnamese Statecraft: (re)framing the Dominant Environmental Imaginary” in Upland Transformations: Opening Boundaries in Vietnam, edited by T.Sikor, Nghiem, T., Sowerwine, J., Romm, J National University of Singapore Press.
Sowerwine, J. 2004a. “Territorialization and the Politics of Highland Landscapes in Vietnam: negotiating property relations in policy, meaning and practice”, Conservation and Society, 2 (1): 97-136.
Sowerwine, J. 2004b. “Effects of Economic Liberalization on Dao Women’s Traditional Knowledge, Production and Trade of Medicinal Plants in Northern Vietnam” in Ethnobotany and Conservation of Biocultural Diversity, edited by T. Carlson, and L. Maffi, Advances in Economic Botany, The New York Botanical Gardens Press.
Sowerwine, J. 2001. “Participatory Rural Appraisal Techniques for Evaluating Herbal Medicine Markets”, Advances in Natural Sciences, edited by Djaja Doel Soejarto, Le Thi Xuan and Nong Van Hai, July.
Sowerwine, J. 1999a. “Economic Liberalization, Gender and Traditional Botanical Medicine in Northern Vietnam” in Women's Changing Rights to Housing and Land in Vietnam, Laos, and China edited by Irene Tinker, Lynne Rienner Press.
Extension Publications and Resources
Sowerwine, J., Oatfield, C., Bennaton, R., et al. 2018. California Urban Agriculture Food Safety Guide: Laws and Standard Operating Procedures for Farming Safely in the City.
Sowerwine, J. 2010. Farm-to-school project opens up new markets for small family farms.
Maps of Strawberry Farm Stands in Sacramento & Fresno.
Youtube video series “New Strategies for Farming in America” a resource for beginning immigrant farmers in California (in English, Mien and Hmong).
Sowerwine, J., C. Ingels, and C. Getz. 2009. Marketing challenges and opportunities for Central Valley Southeast Asian refugee growers. UC Delivers
- Social Science Research Council-IDRF Fellowship
- Fulbright-Hayes DDRA Fellowship
- Fostering Innovative, Sustainable Urban Farming Methods to Meet Food Needs. Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research Grant.
- Growing Roots: Deepening Support for Diverse New Farmers and Ranchers in California. USDA-NIFA, Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Grant.
- Enhancing Tribal Health and Food Security in the Klamath Basin of Oregon and California by Building a Sustainable Regional Food System. USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, Food Security Grant.
- From Production to the Market: Enhancing the competitiveness and sustainability of beginning minority farmers in California. USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Grant.
130 Mulford Hall #3114
Berkeley, CA 94720-3114