Just Compost: Pathways to Social Equity and Community Engagement through Soil-carbon Sequestration

Lecture | April 10 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Morgan Hall, Morgan Lounge

 Berkeley Food Institute, Center for Diversified Farming Systems

Janaki Jagannath will discuss the link between social equity and compost production in the most impacted regions of the state, including pathways to community engagement in disadvantaged communities and soil-carbon sequestration in the era of climate change. Janaki will also speak about her work with the Association of Compost Producers and EJ in Composting, a Toolkit for California Composters, which is a toolkit she is developing to assist compost facility operators as they implement the state’s organic waste reduction targets to meet California greenhouse gas reduction goals.

Janaki Jagannath is a law student at UC Davis School of Law. Previously she directed the Community Alliance for Agroecology, a coalition of rural community-based organizations in the San Joaquin Valley who work to advance agricultural and environmental policy towards justice for communities that support California’s food system. She worked at California Rural Legal Assistance in Fresno enforcing EJ and worker protections, including access to clean drinking water for unincorporated farmworker communities. Janaki has assisted in curriculum development for the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems degree at UC Davis and has farmed in diversified and orchard crops across the state. She also conducted trainings at the Refugee Entrepreneurial Agriculture Project in San Diego County with refugee women farmers. Janaki holds a B.S. in Agricultural Development from UC Davis and a crop producers’ certification in Ecological Horticulture.

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