Mark has a background in wildlife biology, ecology, ethnobotany, permaculture, cooperative land use, Biochar and renewable energy. Mark has been an organic inspector with Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association for 27 years, and lives in Southern Ohio at Far Valley Farm, a 40-year old Community Land Trust he helped co-found. Living off the grid for 39 years and growing a wide range of crops, seeds, honey, mushrooms, and medicinals. He founded the Belize Agroforestry Research Center, a permaculture research and teaching facility based in Southern Belize, and spent 25 winters in Central America practicing and teaching tropical permaculture. A chapter leader of the Bionutrient Food Association in SE Ohio since 2012.On the Advisory board of United Plant Savers working on conservation of medicinal plants. Mark is constantly learning, teaching, and consulting (cross-pollinating) in his travels.