Program Director

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Novella Carpenter is the author of Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer and The Essential Urban Farmer. She attended UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism, where she studied with Michael Pollan. She lives in Oakland where she runs GhostTown Farm, a 1/10 of an acre homestead with an orchard, honey bees, chickens, and lots of vegetables.

  • UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism

Full-Time Faculty

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David Silver is associate professor and director of the environmental studies program at the University of San Francisco. He teaches classes on urban agriculture, food and culture, and digital storytelling. Since 2012, David has been researching, writing, and building a multimedia history of the farm at Black Mountain College, paying special attention to the social practices on the farm, including collective action among students, faculty, and staff, town-gown collaborations, and challenged...

  • PhD, American Studies, University of Maryland
  • BA, English, University of California, Los Angeles
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Melinda Stone, PhD is an award winning filmmaker who has produced over twenty films and numerous outdoor cinematic extravaganzas.


Seth Wachtel is the program director of the Architecture & Community Design program. He has worked in architecture and construction in India, Colombia, Haiti, Israel, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Zambia, and the San Francisco Bay Area. His focus is on culturally and environmentally appropriate design and the development of innovative construction techniques that produce regenerative and aesthetically fitting buildings and landscapes for human environments.

Professor Wachtel...

  • UC Berkeley, MArch in Architecture, 1987
  • UC Berkeley, BA in Architecture, 1982
  • Community Engaged Design
  • Construction Innovation
  • Tiny House Villages
  • Food Security Gardens
  • Environmentally Appropriate Design

Part-Time Faculty

Rachel has over 20 years of teaching and research experience in the fields of environmental education, place-based learning, food systems education, and environmental justice. Rachel has worked with students from varying grade levels and backgrounds, from middle school students to college students. Rachel is both an adjunct professor at USF in environmental studies and is in the process of receiving her Doctorate of Education at USF as well. Her dissertation research looks at food insecurity on...

  • University of San Francisco, EdD, 2022 (current)
  • University of California Santa Cruz, MA in Sociology, 2009
  • New York University, Gallatin School of Individualized Study, BA, 2001
  • Environmental Education
  • Food Systems and Social Justice
  • Student Centered Education

Melissa Morris is passionate about addressing food justice issues through activism and education. She studied ecological horticulture at the UC Santa Cruz Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems.