Sophia Papia

GFI Fellow - Class of 2020

Undergraduate student, ethnomusicology major, food studies and global health minor


Sophia plans to design and establish a food forest on UCLA’s campus. The forest will be a collection of complementary perennial trees, shrubs, herbs, ground covers, roots, and annual vegetables that will be placed in guilds that are best suited for plant growth. The idea she hopes to achieve is to group plants together for specific reasons, encourage them to spread into permanent, self-managing landscapes, and thus reduce the amount of effort it takes to grow food.