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Many individuals and organizations contributed to the successful completion of the Grower Needs Assessment for Sustainable Food Production in San Diego County. The efforts of those noted below are especially appreciated; please refer to the main report for more detailed acknowledgments.

Owners and Decision Makers of San Diego County Farms

Thank you to the owners, operators and advisors of commercial farm and ranch enterprises who took the time to complete the survey and share this important information.

County of San Diego - Land Use and Environment Group (LUEG)

Sarah Aghassi
Deputy Chief Administrative Officer
  Ha Dang
Agricultural Commissioner
Department of Agriculture, Weights and Measures

Survey Advisory Group

Elly Brown, Director
San Diego Food Systems Alliance

Prem Durairaj, Director
Food Systems and Research,
Community Health Improvement Partners

Eric Larson, Executive Director
San Diego County Farm Bureau

Elle Mari, Director
Urban Food Environments
Center for Community Health


Dinna Morris, Deputy Director
Karen Melvin, Deputy Director (Retired)
County of San Diego
Department of Agriculture, Weights and Measures

Scott Murray, Consultant
Murray Farms

Domingo Vigil, Coordinator
County of San Diego
Food Systems Initiative

UC Cooperative Extension Review & Project Support

Laurent Ahiablame, Ph.D.
County Director, UCCE San Diego and
Water Quality and Management Farm Advisor

Benjamin DiAnna
Digital Media Specialist 2

Shane Feirer
Geographic Information Systems Supervisor 2
IGIS Statewide Program


Niamh Quinn, Ph.D.
Human-Wildlife Interactions Advisor

Sonia Rios
Area Subtropical Horticulture Advisor

Jeannette Warnert
Communications Specialist

Cheryl Wilen, Ph.D.
Area Integrated Pest Management Advisor

UCCE Partners Survey Announcement Support

UCCE acknowledges and sincerely appreciates these collaborating partners for supporting this project by sharing the survey announcements with their organizational contacts.

  • California Avocado Commission
  • California Citrus Research Board
  • Community Health Improvement Partners
  • County of San Diego - Department of Agriculture, Weights and Measures
  • County of San Diego Food Systems Initiative
  • Ramona Valley Vineyards Association
  • San Diego County Farm Bureau
  • San Diego County Vintners Association
  • San Diego Food Systems Alliance

Project Management

Ramiro Lobo
Farm Advisor
UC Cooperative Extension-San Diego
Principal Investigator
  Vikram Koundinya
Assistant Specialist
UC Cooperative Extension-UC Davis
Jan Gonzales
Project Coordinator
UC Cooperative Extension-San Diego
  Weiqing Xu
Student Assistant
UC Cooperative Extension-UC Davis

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