Andrew Bennett , PAg
I design agricultural ecosystems and work on improved methods to regenerate damaged landscapes. I apply my background in environmental science with my experience in mixed small-scale agriculture and habitat creation to consult with and educate eco-farmers.
My BSc (UBC 1998-2000, McGill 2002-2005) in environmetrics was followed by an MSc (Laurentian 2005-2007) in complex community dynamics. I have worked on plant, mammal, and bird surveys, written popular and technical articles, and delivered workshops on a variety of agroecological techniques.
Currently, I work as a Planning Advisor with the BC-Canada Environmental Farm Plan program, as an Advisor with the Kootenay and Boundary Farm Advisors (www.kbfa.ca), and on various agroecological contracts including irrigation design, riparian restoration, grazing management, vegetative buffer design, and hugelkultur disposal of woody debris.
I grew up in Indonesia and my volunteer has taken me to Bhutan, Guatemala, and across Canada and the USA working on farms and conservation projects. In 2011, my wife and I started Moon Gravity Farm, a small-scale, peri-urban collection of 15 acres of leased land and 5-acre home base in Rossland, BC. With our three young sons, we rotationally graze goats and chickens for meat and eggs, and raise plants on terraces and in cold frames for restoration and landscape projects. We sell our products directly to local consumers and continuously experiment with ways to integrate farm components to achieve greater ecological function and economic efficiency.