Full-Time Faculty

Novella Carpenter

Program Director
(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

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. 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

Melinda Stone

Associate Professor
(415) 422-5755

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

Seth Wachtel

Associate Professor
(415) 422-6087

Seth Wachtel is the program director of the Architecture & Community Design program. He received his MArch from UC Berkeley and 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...


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 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.

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.