a farmer without a farm

With 20 years of organic and regenerative horticultural experience under my belt, I have weathered the storm of starting and operating a new enterprise. I see farms from the outside looking in, and use perspective, insight and experience to make core recommendations to benefit production systems, marketing strategies and community engagement.

My foundations reside in building adaptable horticultural systems where limitations in design are clearly, and consciously articulated into system design, planning and implementation. With deep roots in farm resilience and advocacy, I see not only the production systems, but the people and community healing that becomes possible with healthful, local food on the table.

I approach farming as a whole farm system that includes the mental, emotional, and spiritual health of the farmer(s). Practical to my core, I seek well suited systems and solutions to reduce labor, increase efficiency and keep management time manageable.

There is no shortage of opinions and perspectives in regenerative agriculture, yet opinions are simply opinions and no substitute for experiential leadership.

a kid, a dad and a bus named totoro

In 2020 we sold our 20 acres in Northwest Lower Michigan and spent four months retrofitting a former American Red Cross blood donation bus into an off-grid tiny home. We spend our winters near Nogales, Arizona and summers on Michigan’s Golden Coast.

We are creatives engaged in an exploration of life, farming and spirit as we wander to and from our summer and winter homes. We commonly find ourselves on farms and horticultural enterprises in search of good folks and good food.

i am a horticultural resource and mentor

Whether by choice or design, farms and institutions find me to help guide them in their beginnings and transitions to facilitate resources, planning, implementation and system design.

Alchemy is a process of creative transformation, of stepping back and becoming a reflective observer before proceeding with action. In relationship to horticultural enterprises this means, first and foremost, knowing where one stands and how a farm relates to its cultural, economic, and biologic niche. With an understanding the why and how of the present, informed decision can then be made in existing systems and novel future directions.

I use innate tools of perspective, insight and vision in combination with a strong, practical understanding of clearly articulated issues to help beginning farmers, institutions, and regenerative projects in transition to become more than the sum of their parts, creatively leverage existing skills and resources toward renewal and reclamation in new possibilities.

you’re ready for this if

  • You are willing to curiously engage and explore what is possible in order to define what you want

  • You are willing to turn towards a solution oriented growth mindset

  • You are willing to accept risk and consequences to making changes to an existing horticultural system
  • You have decided that change is necessary for the continuation of your horticultural enterprise