Paso Robles, CA
I grew up in the Inland Temperate Rainforest of BC on a 300-acre family farm and woodland. My early years were steeped in discussions, often heated, between organic gardeners, environmentalists, conventional farmers, and loggers. Driven to learn more of both perspectives, I completed a B.Sc. in ecology and M.Sc. in ecology and evolution. This provided research experience in Amazonian Peru, Kenya, the B.C. west coast and islands, and the Alberta Rockies. Looking to unite human habitat, food security, and natural ecology led to a Permaculture Design Certificate in Jordan (fall 2012) with Geoff and Nadia Lawton.
Since graduating in 2012, I've worked on a number of farms (pastured pigs and poultry; organic fruit and berries); collaborating, teaching and working on installations and in the regenerative economy; and working in nature-based youth education. After completing the REX/Regrarians training with Darren Doherty (Orella Ranch, Gaviota CA 2016) I am tying into a solid foundation of research science with the hands-on and experimental work that a growing number of farmers, ranchers and agrarians are undertaking.
Today I focus on supporting both the regenerative agriculture movement and a more nuanced view of biodiversity conservation. I value first-hand evidence, and seek out opportunities to connect with practicing regenerative agroecologists that have grounded their theoretical knowledge in the field. Overall, my primary interests centre on using holistic frameworks and scientific research to address challenges of regenerative agriculture, conservation, food security and watershed management.