WHO WE ARE
FARM Center is an educational and research organization founded in response to the need for bio-regionally appropriate reforestation solutions in the arid tropics. The objectives of FARM Center are to support biological and cultural diversity, while maintaining healthy watersheds via agroforestry research education and training. Areas of research and interest include Syntropic Farming, agroforestry training, development of value added products that support reforestation and community owned co-operatives.
FARM Center is a project of the Center for Sustainable Economy, a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible.
Center for Sustainable Economy is a 25-year-old environmental economics think tank that works to speed the transition to a sustainable society through hosting an experienced team of fellows with expertise in ecological economics, conservation biology, sustainability analysis, and public interest law.
Neil Logan is an applied ethnobotanist trained in permaculture and Syntropic Farming. He has developed a bio-regional database of ethno-ecology, Hawaii’s first Living Fuel Break prototype, site-specific project plans, and has consulted on large acreage in arid Hawaii. In addition, Neil has been working with the United Plant Savers and the Hawaiian Reforestation Program to accurately assess the threats to Hawaiian Sandalwood and how to restore its habitat. Neil founded the consulting firm Integrated Living Systems Design in 2006 and now co-directs FARM Center.
Sophia Bowart has a background in non-profit development and sustainable business management. She initiated and managed the development of Mohala Lehua Farm (a forest farm devoted to regenerative Hawaiian ecosystems) in 2006 and completed her MBA in Sustainable Business Management in 2009. In addition to being a co-presenter and co-author with Neil Logan, she has also worked to promote the Buy Local/Eat Local Campaign and the Hawaii Alliance for a Local Living Economy (HALE). Her passions for the economics of sustainable agriculture have inspired her to co-found FARM Center.
Keith D'Agostino, MLA
Rana Creek Habitat Restoration
Permaculture & Volunteer Coordinator
Resonance Project Foundation
Andrea Dean, MBA
North Kohala Eat Locally Grown
Richard Stephen Felgar, Ph.D. Botanist, Researcher Associate and Author
University of Arizona Herbarium
Founder and Director
Hawaii Reforestation Program
Bob Harris, MA Botany
Ethnobotanical Researcher and Conservation Horticulturalist
Susan Leopold, Ph.D.
United Plant Savers
Mala'ai: The Culinary Garden of Waimea Middle School
Owner and Herbalist
Desert Tortoise Botanicals
John Talberth, Ph.D.
Center for Sustainable Economy
Executive Director & Co-Founder
Senior Advisor & Co-Founder
Robin Van Loon
Founder and Executive Director Camino Verde
Native Hawaiian Plant Specialist Future Forests Nursery, LLC