Maria Zacarias

GFI Fellow - Class of 2020

Undergraduate student, social ecology
UC Irvine


Maria will coordinate and implement an educational gleaning and farming program between the UC Irvine Fresh Basic Needs Hub and the UC South Coast Research & Cooperative Extension of OC. They will be a team member of the FRESH Basic Needs Hub and will lead the Gleaning Program at UC South Coast farm to implement a sustainable program to harvest and transport fresh produce to the food pantry at the FRESH Hub. They will also lead a new food project with UC South Coast farm where FRESH staff will be taking part in harvest operations and care for a 2,000 square foot plot of zucchini, tomatoes and beans.