Tropical Forest


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 United Plant Savers, a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible.

United Plant Savers’ mission is to protect native medicinal plants of the United States and Canada and their native habitat while ensuring an abundant renewable supply of medicinal plants for generations to come.



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
Landscape Designer
Rana Creek Habitat Restoration


Tammy Davis
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


Mark Hanson
Founder and Director
Hawaii Reforestation Program


Bob Harris, MA Botany
R&D Manager
Orchidpeople, LLC


Ben Kamm
Ethnobotanical Researcher and Conservation Horticulturalist

Sacred Succulents


Susan Leopold, Ph.D.
Executive Director
United Plant Savers


Amanda Rieux
Program Director
Mala'ai: The Culinary Garden of Waimea Middle School


Ethan Schaffer
Viva Farms


John Slattery
Owner and Herbalist
Desert Tortoise Botanicals


John Talberth, Ph.D.
Ecological Economist
Center for Sustainable Economy


James Tewksbury

Executive Director & Co-Founder

Global Campuses Foundation


Sheryl Tewksbury

Senior Advisor & Co-Founder

Global Campuses Foundation


Robin Van Loon
Founder and Executive Director Camino Verde


Jill Wagner
Native Hawaiian Plant Specialist Future Forests Nursery, LLC