DEVELOPMENT & BOARD DIRECTOR
As Development Director, Andrew is responsible for overseeing fundraising, strengthening relationships with donors and organizational partners, assisting the Executive Director, and coordinating visits to the farm. Andrew is especially passionate about developing Quail Springs’ relationships in the Cuyama Valley, where he has coordinated youth outreach for three years. As part of Quail Springs’ Farm Team for the last five years, Andrew has worn many hats including farm laborer, facilities guy, and spearheader of various projects.
Andrew originated in the far-away land of New England, and is appreciating the Southern California climate. He is inspired by the bounties produced by small farmers, as well as the work of agro-ecologists and political ecologists that 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 writing songs about rain and drought.