Founder of Urban SEED Center
1998 Global Fellow
Ploughshares Nursery (formerly Urban SEED) is a non-profit social enterprise that trains and employs residents of the Alameda Point Collaborative supportive housing community. 100% of sales support housing and services for formerly homeless families and individuals living on the old Alameda Naval Base. We advance our local community by selling products that protect the environment; using recycled materials whenever possible; creating job training and employment opportunities for residents of APC housing; and generating revenue to support APC housing.
Patrick is a lecturer in the Earth Systems Program and the Department of Earth System Science in the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences. Patrick studied agroecology at the University of California, Berkeley, in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management. He has worked for over 20 years developing sustainable urban agriculture and food justice programs and integrating this work with undergraduate education. His interests include agroecosystem design, urban and peri-urban food systems, sustainable community development, alternative land tenure models, food justice, experiential education and community-based learning. Patrick began working for Stanford in the summer of 2011.
Prior to coming to Stanford, he spent four years as a lecturer and the director of campus and community programs for the Environmental Studies Institute at Santa Clara University. Patrick founded and directed the Bronco Urban Gardens (BUG) program for SCU, and prior to attending graduate school he founded and directed Urban SEED (now Ploughshares Nursery) on the former Alameda Naval Air Station in Alameda, California. At UC Berkeley, Patrick managed the Student Organic Garden for many years and founded an organic gardening peer education program. Patrick is an alumnus of the Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture at UC Santa Cruz (1994) and currently serves as a faculty advisor to the program.