Full-Time Faculty

Melinda Stone

Program Director
(415) 422-5755

Melinda Stone, PhD is an award winning filmmaker who has produced over twenty films and numerous outdoor cinematic extravaganzas.

David Silver

Associate Professor
(415) 422-2304

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. For the last six years, he has been researching and writing a multimedia history of the farm and food at Black Mountain College.


PhD, American Studies, University of Maryland, BA, English, University of California, Los Angeles

Seth Wachtel

Associate Professor
(415) 422-6087

Seth Wachtel is the Program Director for the Architecture & Community Design program at the University of San Francisco. He received his MArch from UC Berkeley in 1987 and has worked in architecture and construction in India, Colombia, Israel, Mexico, Nicaragua, Zambia, and the San Francisco Bay Area. His focus is low-income housing and the development of innovative construction techniques that produce sustainable and aesthetically and culturally appropriate buildings for human environments...


MArch University of California at Berkeley

Part-Time Faculty

Rachel Brand

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-6543

Rachel Brand is an adjunct professor of environmental studies at USF, where she teaches the course Community Garden Outreach. Rachel is particularly interested in social justice issues related to food and agriculture, and garden based learning.

Novella Carpenter

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-5141

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

Melissa Morris

Adjunct Professor

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.