Michael’s educational background includes studies at the University of Montana where he did project based learning about conservation, land/resource management, and human-landscape relations. Additionally, he studied agriculture, ecology, and Indigenous cultures.
His independent studies have focused on acquiring practical skills and have brought him to many diverse teachers. Those studies and practices were implemented and developed from 2012-2015 while managing a 95 acre property near Flathead Lake in Western Montana. At this project he helped install and manage over 6 different ponds, 3 acres of wetlands, and 7 acres total of earthworks and a diverse Edible Ecosystem that spanned the whole complex.
The bulk of his focus now lies in farming perennial vegetables and alliums. Garlic has been a long lived passion of his. While growing up his mother would often be found saying "You can never have too much garlic." and his father saying "Somebody loves me" when garlic was put in a meal. His focus on perennial vegetables is building a nursery for them so farmers and gardeners alike can open their doors to this untapped culinary world. Additionally, he is a seedsman working to gather, clean, and disribute valuable native seeds for restoration purposes.
Michael is a proud husband and father. With a focus on the next generation, he is compelled to proliferate traditional perennial food plants. He believes resilient communities must gain control of their food systems to respond to the increasing challenges that are facing the planet today. By learning how to live off the land, we are remembering where we draw our life from and what it means to be fully human.