Andrew is responsible for community outreach, especially to the Cuyama valley, and for administrative work including grant writing. As part of Quail Springs’ Farm Team for the last five years, Andrew has worn many hats including farm laborer, spearheading various projects, and assisting with infrastructure management.
Andrew comes to Quail Springs from the far-away land of New England, and is appreciating the challenges of producing food in the desert. He is inspired by the bounties produced by small farmers, as well as the work of agro-ecologists and political ecologists that often critically defend food sovereignty. His introduction to permaculture came in Uganda, while living and working on a small family farm canopied by a prolific polyculture. He has since exchanged knowledge on farms in Central America and East Africa, conducted research on organic cotton, and attained fluency in Swahili. Skills acquired in a B.A. Environmental Studies program and M.A. African Studies program inform his work at our learning oasis.
In his free time, Andrew is probably writing “fiction from the farm” comedy about communal living and permaculture, or rocking out in Quail Springs’ hard-folk band, Cuyama Mama and the Hot Flashes, or solo as John Gary.