Dan has a degree in civil engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, with an emphasis on municipal planning and development. After spending five years as an educator and missionary in mainland China, he returned to the States to gain formal training in food systems development. Dan trained under Will Allen, CEO of Growing Power in Milwaukee and one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential people in 2010 for his work making healthy food accessible in low-income communities. Dan completed a three month, full-time intensive internship in food system development at Growing Power. Interns build technical skills in aquaponics, soil science, composting and vermicomposting, mushroom cultivation, microgreens production, and hoop house construction.
Community Agriculture Methods to Address Food Insecurity in the United States and Abroad
Recent films such as Fed Up, Food Inc., and Supersize Me have highlighted the brokenness of America’s food system. Epidemics of obesity, diabetes and heart disease pervade America’s inner-city populations, and a person’s life expectancy can now be determined based on his or her zip code. In this workshop, we will 1) talk about the urban “food desert” phenomenon and the resulting health risks to low-income populations, 2) explore the current trend of urban agriculture and community gardens both in America and abroad, and 3) equip you with a foundation for turning the open space at your school, church, or in your community into a budding environment of healthy food, people and community.