Mark hails from five generations of rural farmers in northern Alberta, Canada. He has an inborn passion for the land and our relationship with it and has worked in nature and agricultural education for 17 years. Mark served as the executive director of two Santa Barbara nonprofit organizations, The Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens and the Wilderness Youth Project. He ran a two-year sustainable agriculture project in Belize and helped open an international high school in New Zealand. He also has taught survival skills for the largest outdoor survival school in the world.
Mark has a business degree with a focus on Hospitality Management. He owned his own restaurant and pub with his family for seven years in Canada before coming to the United States. Mark has two young children and many passions, including music, poetry, home brewing, gardening, nature connection, survival skills and people. Mark’s career and passions have led him to believe that investing in and building resiliency in our communities is his life’s work.