Julia Van Soelen Kim



Julia Van Soelen Kim

North Bay Food Systems Advisor

UC Cooperative Extension



M.Sc. in Community Development, UC Davis, 2013

  1. Master’s Project: Unearthing the Power of Civic Agriculture: The Importance of Local Context in Building Farm to School Programs

Master of Public Health, UC Davis, 2012

  1. Public Health Practicum: Evaluation of School Food FOCUS

UC Center Sacramento, summer 2008

  1. Emphasis: Health Policy

B.A. in Sociology, UC Davis, 2005

  1. High Honors


As the North Bay Food Systems Advisor with UC Cooperative Extension, my research focuses on the viability, sustainability, and equity of regional food systems in the San Francisco North Bay Counties of Marin, Mendocino, Napa, and Sonoma. The majority of my work focuses on using applied research and extension methods to strengthen the connections between farmers and consumers, support the viability of small- and mid-scale diversified agriculture, and expand access to affordable local food. Learn more by visiting http://cemarin.ucanr.edu and http://ucanr.edu/sites/Grown_in_Marin/.


Much of my previous research and professional work has been with Farm to School. While in graduate school at UC Davis, I was fortunate to be a Graduate Student Researcher for the Agricultural Sustainability Institute and worked with Gail Feenstra, Ed.D., to  conduct a multi-year evaluation of School Food FOCUS, a national initiative that helps large urban school districts serve more healthful, sustainably produced, and regionally sourced food in school meal programs. I also conducted my Master of Public Health Practicum on the same initiative and I researched two Farm to School case study sites in Yuba County for my Master’s Thesis. In addition, I worked at Davis Farm to School from 2011 to 2013 coordinating and evaluating Farm to School programs, events, and activities.


Julia (left) gleaning chard with Marin Organic’s “Glean Team” at a small farm near Point Reyes Station, Marin County, CA. Gleaned chard was then donated to the Novato Unified School District’s Food and Nutrition Services.

Julia (right) and Paulette Swallow, with UC Cooperative Extension Marin, research the needs of small-scale dairies while at the Kehoe Dairy located on the Point Reyes National Seashore, Marin County, CA.