ABOUT US

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Our Approach

With our combined 75+ years of experience at your service, we will help you avoid mistakes and optimize your system for social, ecological, and economic benefits. We will help you to:

  • Take the guesswork out of plant selection

  • Predict costs and revenues

  • Estimate yields

  • Analyze carbon sequestration

 

With experience in over 10 eco-zones, our team is ready to help you, from assessment and design to training for installation and management.

Industrial single-crop agriculture has greatly degraded our soils and ecosystems. Agricultural systems that mimic nature have more diversity, build soil, and create healthier ecosystems for all layers of life. Regenerative agroforestry systems are tree-based agricultural systems that mimic nature and as a result build the soil and layers of life around them.

 

These regenerative systems avoid the problems and pests associated with soil and ecosystem degradation while being more productive. Our experienced team can efficiently plan, install and manage diverse agricultural systems for many types of clients and climate zones. Backyard gardens, degraded pastureland, rocky soils, and ailing commercial single-crops system in need of regeneration are our specialties. We grow our own agroforests where we live, so we understand the widely varying challenges you are addressing.

Most agricultural systems today rely heavily upon inputs and harmful plastics. We specialize in agriculture that relies upon the resources you have on hand: seeds, photosynthesis, biodiversity, natural plant succession, and nutrient cycling. We can help you grow the right crops in the right place at the right time—matching crops to the environment— both highly productive and resilient. 

 

We will apply our unique combination of skill sets to your project and your need to form a powerful synergy. Contact us to schedule an initial consultation.

OUR TEAM

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CRAIG ELEVITCH, PhD

Senior Team Lead/Executive Officer

Craig Elevitch, PhD, is a specialist in systems modeling, education and community outreach. Since 1991, he has worked in agroforestry and consulted for numerous landowners and managers, including authoring dozens of agroforestry, Forest Stewardship, and native forest dedication plans throughout Oceania and the tropics. Craig’s internationally recognized publications and workshops have guided thousands in becoming more proficient in regenerative agroforestry and reforestation. He has published 14 books on Agroforestry in the Pacific. In addition to working directly with dozens of growers, consultants, and educators, he has facilitated over 200 agroforestry workshops in the Pacific, with over 10,000 producers and resource professionals. He is also co-director of Ho‘oulu ka ‘Ulu—Revitalizing Breadfruit and agroforestry director of the Pacific Regional Breadfruit Initiative, projects founded in 2010 to restore breadfruit agroforests in Pacific Island landscapes. He was honored with the Shining Stars of Oceania award in 2019 and the Global Aloha 'Aina 'Ohana award in 2016. Craig holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering (Systems) from Cornell University for research focusing on agroforestry growth modeling and is the Senior Team Leader for AgroforestryX.

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SOPHIA BOWART, MBA

Research Analyst/Operations Officer

Sophia Bowart, MBA, is a specialist in financial analysis and operations optimization and committed to regenerating degraded lands using successional agroforestry.  After being introduced to this work by Ernst Gotsch, Dr. Craig Elevitch and her husband, Neil Logan, Sophia has been implementing successional agroforestry techniques on Mohala Lehua Farm in North Kohala, Hawaii since 2008. In addition to converting former pastureland into a diverse, multistory agroforest, she has been developing a range of value-added-products to offset the cost of planting and maintenance. Over the last 10 years, Sophia has been developing techniques to refine financial analysis of complex agro-ecosystems throughout the project lifecycle. She recently published an in-depth financial analysis guide for multistory agroforestry (Bowart and Logan 2020) and is currently Research Analyst and Project Administrator for AgroforestryX (2018–2020). 

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NEIL LOGAN

Lead Developer/Innovations Officer

Neil Logan is a specialist in systems research & development of natural products along with the agro-ecological and socio-cultural contexts that support them. To this end, Neil develops whole systems that integrate information technology and agro-ecosystems. With agroforestry experience on three continents, in both arid and wet conditions, temperate to tropical, Neil is also trained in western herbalism, natural products development (25 years experience), and in relational database and web-based software systems. Neil developed an on-line relational database for the Greater Southwest bioregion, creating a novel system for organizing and managing natural and cultural resources. Neil is a teacher of agroforestry, horticulture, mycoculture and information technology via workshops, lectures, publications and presentations. He co-directs FARM Center with his wife, Sophia Bowart. Most recently, Neil co-authored the forthcoming book Agroforestry Design for Regenerative Production (2022, in press). He is also Lead Developer for the AgroforestryX design tool.