I served in the US Navy as the Cold War came to a close and Operation Desert Shield began. Afterward I became a Manufacturing Process Engineer and operated a successful Home Improvement business.
In 2008, I was laid off along with millions of others as the global economy was collapsing. During this difficult time, I came to the conclusion that I was passively part of the problem and not actively part of the solution; I had technical skills that could help make a difference.
I began Urban Homesteading that Spring and eventually, my garden spread across several neighbors properties. The abundance produced provided more than I could consume and preserve. In turn, I shared all that I could with neighbors in need. Additionally, I worked with neighborhood children, teaching them where food comes from.
Also within those first five years, I worked on several farms in different capacities to learn as much as I could, including positions as an Environmental Educator and a Farm to School Gardener/Coordinator.
I earned my Permaculture Design and Teacher's Certificate, took classes in Landscape Design, Horticulture and Ecology and founded the Connecticut Permaculture Guild as a public service extension of CT Edible Ecosystems. I have also amassed over 15,000 hrs of additional education including self directed learning.
I feel strongly that we all need to be part of the change we wish to see in the world. Today I use the systems design and analytical thinking skills I learned as an engineer and apply them to Regenerative Agriculture and Landscape Design, Permaculture, Whole Farm and Homestead Planning, Food Systems Planning, and Personal Food Security Design.
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