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Join the officer team of Horticulture & Agronomy 2018/2019!

What an exciting time to bring out the best in you to help shape the future of our graduate group and make the most of your grad student life at UCD! Make a nomination(s) at
The Call for Officer Nominations for 2018/2019 is now open and we are seeking candidates for the open positions of President, Treasurer, Journal Club Coordinator, Social Coordinator, and Webmaster. We’re also recruiting representatives to Graduate Student Association. Position descriptions can be found on the club website here.
Both self-nominations and nominating others are welcome at All positions will officially start at the beginning of 2018/2019 academic year.

GGHA Social Spring Quarter Events!!!!

With spring quarter just around the corner, we have been planning a few events to get people together! Each event has its own google doc linked to the event title with details and a sign-up sheet. Events right now are as follows:

There are more events in the making including a screening of “Farmers for America” in partnership with the Student Farm. Also, if anyone else wants to host an event feel free to email me and we can help set it up!

REGISTRATION OPEN: UC Davis Plant Science Symposium


Registration for the 7th University of California, Davis Plant Science Symposium (UCDPSS) is now open!

This symposium is part of the larger Pioneer Plant Science Symposia Series, which was started in 2008 as student run symposia at universities around the world. UC Davis has been involved since 2012, and this is our 7th year running. In those 7 years we have seen steady growth, attracting over 400 registrants last year. This year’s event is being held at the UC Davis Conference Center on April 16th.

This year‘s featured speakers include Dr. Lucia Gutierrez, Dr. Noah Whiteman, Dr. Elizabeth Kellogg, Dr. Amit Sethi, Dr. Dan Chitwood, Dr. Patrick Edger, and Dr. Stacey Harmer!

You can register for this free event HERE!

The UCDPSS organizing committee is also offering four travel scholarships for up to $500 each to graduate students or post-docs to attend our symposium .Successful applicants will be selected competitively based on their abstract submission and should be prepared to deliver a 5-minute flash talk focused on their submitted abstract on the day of the symposium. The scholarships will be used to cover travel to and from the symposium and accommodations during your stay.

Abstracts for posters and flash talks can be submitted HERE. The application closes March 10, 2018.

For more information, see the official webpage:

Please email Mitchell Feldmann ( or Scott Newell ( with any questions.

The UCDPSS Organizing Committee


Hi all,

Welcome back!

Meetings: This quarter the Social Team will be meeting to plan and discuss social events on January 24th and March 7th (both are Wednesdays) from 12:30-1:30 pm in PES 2005.

Ice Skating: We are going ice skating on January 20th!!! Open skate is from 7-9:30 pm at Vacaville Ice Sports. Please see the Google Doc for more information and to sign up if you are interested in coming! Feel free to bring a friend or significant other just make sure to add them to the Google Doc.…/1vN0jg-ZOKEZKCuOkL5MiS4-_9k…/edit…

Intramurals: If you would like to join an indoor soccer or basketball team sign up for an intramural team with us! Sign up on the Google Doc or contact Meerae for more information (Email: MEEPARK@UCDAVIS.EDU) (Phone: 949-677-3877).…/15a5Q9SI5FXo5OU-z_y2H1BTK3c…/edit…

See you soon!

Taylor Nelsen
Students of Horticulture and Agronomy Social Coordinator
Phone: (919) 949.8725

Sheet1 What:, Ice Skating Where:, Vacaville Ice Sports,( Meet at PES) When:, 1/ 20/ 18( 6- 10 pm) Cost:,$ 13( with skate rental) More info:, https:// vacavilleicesport. com/ public-skating Name, Can you drive?, Number of people in car, Email,…

Students of GGHA Bowling Night

Take a break and bowl! We will have a bowling night this Friday, Dec. 1 at 5:30 pm. Meet in the Games Area at the MU at 5:30! Feel free to bring a friend just make sure you have socks. Stick around after if you want to get pizza with the group!

Bowling is $5 per game and $2 for shoe rental. If you plan to come please put your name down on the Google Doc!

Breaking into Farming: Challenges and Opportunities for Young Farmers

Please join us on Tuesday, December 5th at 4:10-6:00pm in PES 3001 for a panel on:

“Breaking into Farming: Challenges and Opportunities for Young Farmers”

This student-led initiative will focus on the challenges and opportunities facing young people exploring careers in farming, starting up their own small farming operations, getting involved with educational farms, or nonprofits. Our panel will run from 4:10pm-6:00pm with a short break and a reception afterward.

Please RSVP by filling out our short Google Form!

The event will be hosted by the UC Davis Department of Plant Sciences as a part of the PLS 111: Agronomics and Crop Production course taught by Jeff Mitchell from UC ANR’s Kearney Agricultural Research & Extension Center (REC).  There will be a reception following the panel with light snacks and refreshments sponsored by the Students of Horticulture & Agronomy!

We are fortunate to have the following panelists share their personal and professional experiences:

Laura Reynolds is a recent International Agricultural Development (IAD) MSc graduate who just started the one acre Gillyflower Farm based here in Davis and is in the midst of running her first CSA season, focused on elaborate and delicious difficult-to-find salad ingredients.

Nathan Harkleroad runs the Agriculture & Land-Based Training Association (ALBA)’s Farmer Education Course and supports farmers through their Organic Farm Incubator based in Salinas, California.  Prior to ALBA, Nathan worked in a number of roles at the Cal Poly Organic Farm, a student enterprise that provided a 300-member year round CSA vegetable box subscription service.

Dr. George Sellu heads the Agribusiness Program at the Santa Rosa Junior College and teaches several of the program’s core courses as a professor and soil scientist. Most recently he has spoken on CA recovery from fire damage, development agribusiness farming operations, and soil management.

Marisa Alcorta works with the Center for Land-Based Learning, coordinating the Incubator Program and provides mentorship and resources to farmers as a part of the California Farm Academy.  Marisa also works with local farmers and partner organizations on developing a regional accredited apprenticeship program.

Brian Schaefle has worked in agricultural lending for 20 years in the San Joaquin Valley with Farm Credit West and Yosemite Farm Credit. Brian received his B.S. in Agricultural Business from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and worked on a beef cattle feedlot before entering the banking world.

Here’s the update on social events coming up. If you want to get more involved in helping plan a social events please email Taylor ( or come to the next Social Team meeting!

1. Friendsgiving
We will have a potluck style ‘Thanksgiving’ meal next Sunday, November 19th at 5pm. Sign up with what dish you will bring in the Google Doc before Friday so we know how many chairs to set up. Location 616 N Street.

2. Bowling Night
Given the poll sent out last time the best night for bowling was Friday, December 1st. Meet at the MU bowling alley at 5:30 pm! More details to come!

3. Winter Break Cabin Trip
Meerae sent out a doodle poll and it looks like the date will be the 16th and 17th of December for the end of quarter cabin trip. Contact Meerae ( if you have any questions.

Be on the lookout for the new GGHA Social listserve and make sure to sign up if you are interested in continuing to receive these social event updates!

Upcoming Social Happenings

Many updates on happenings coming up:

  1. Happy Hour: this Friday, October 20th @ 5pm @ Uncle Vito’s
  2. Lunch on the quad: Several attendees of the social team meeting want to start an informal lunch gathering on Fridays @ 12 pm to catch up with people in the group. If you’re free we will be eating on the lawn outside of PES while it is still nice and will move indoors once the winter weather hits.
  3. Bowling / games interest: Fill out survey of when you are available if you are interested in having a bowling / game night this quarter.
More social events in the work, so be on the lookout!