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Hilary Melcarek

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Department of Food Systems & Society
hmelcarek@marylhurst.edu

Education

Ph.D.,Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz BS, School of Natural Resources and the Environment, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

About

Hilary Melcarek has worked in the field of agriculture and social justice for over a decade as a graduate student, post-doctoral researcher, and an independent researcher. Growing up working in her parents' wholesale greenhouse business in Northern Michigan, she found agroecology to be an obvious choice for college and graduate study. While studying in Costa Rica during a study-abroad semester in college, Hilary became passionate about the social aspects of agriculture.

Most recently, Hilary worked for Humboldt State University and UC Cooperative Extension designing a community food assessment for a rural Native American community in Northern California. As a post-doctoral researcher with the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems at UC Santa Cruz, she worked on projects related to food and agriculture, including farm to institution, local food systems, urban agriculture, and social justice disparities. In her dissertation research, she examined the efficacy of urban garden organizations in delivering fresh, healthy produce to low-income communities of color. Hlary's current research interests focus on food justice and social disparities in the U.S. food system.

Selected Presentations 
Harvesting their potential?: Framing and activism in urban garden organizations, paper presented at paper session "Morality of Food as a Social Movement," Collective Behavior and Social Movements section of American Sociological Association, 9-10 August 2007

Urban garden organizations in California: Social sustainability, 8th International Shortcourse on Agroecology 2007: "Action Education and Training in Agroecology," University of California, Santa Cruz, July 2007.

Selected Publications

Allen, P. and H. Melcarek. 2013. The human face of sustainable food systems: Adding people to the environmental agenda. Sustainability in the Balance series – Issue Paper No. 5. Santa Cruz, CA: Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, University of California, Santa Cruz.

Allen, P., and H. Melcarek. 2010. Food Justice Movement. In Green Food, P. Robbins, D. Mulvaney, and J. G. Golson (Eds). Sage Reference Series on Green Society. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.

Melcarek, H. 2010. Community Gardens. In Green Food, P. Robbins, D. Mulvaney, and J. G. Golson (Eds). Sage Reference Series on Green Society. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.

Melcarek, H. 2010. Urban Agriculture. In Green Food, P. Robbins, D. Mulvaney, and J. G. Golson (Eds). Sage Reference Series on Green Society. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.

Allen, P. and H. Melcarek. 2009. Organic agriculture and food security: Saving the environment, feeding the world?, pp. 235-252. In Organic Farming: The Ecological System, C. Francis (Ed). Madison, WI: American Society of Agronomy. Invited chapter.

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