Tropical Forest

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.

 

CO-FOUNDERS

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.

 

 

ADVISORS

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
Co-Founder
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