Proud father of two extraordinary children and grandfather of three amazing college students-one in graduate program at Glasgow University in Scotland.
Organizer of first national environmental conference in US in 1970-one year after oil spill in Santa Barbara Channel. Long time environmentalist. As a direct result of my strong environmental beliefs, honed from anti oil movement and the first Earth Day, my wife (now ex-wife) and I with our two young children moved to Olympia, Washington in early 1971 where we built the first geodesic domes outside Olympia and I worked in the Governor’s Office, focusing on health, anti-poverty, and agriculture policies.
Building on my experience in Santa Barbara and other community organizing projects, in 1974 I founded and was Executive Director of the Hunger Action Center. We focused primarily on local food issues (now called sustainability) nationally. In Washington state the non-profit assisted local groups organize more than 25 farmers markets-most in existence 40 years later, 20 community gardens, other food self-sufficiency projects. Additionally, I was a national leader in the anti-hunger battles, small farmer policies, and a consultant to the National FarmWorkers Organization.
In the state of Washington, I was the original and primary strategist to successfully repeal sales tax on food as well as the successful battle with the Washington State Grange against corporate interests wanting to take water rights away from family farms.
During the 1980’s and 1990’s I was involved in a series of entrepreneurial ventures including an early investor of Internet technology (starting in 1993), and a consultant focusing on strategic planning for Indian Tribes, corporations, governments in North America and Europe.
Upon retirement, having built another passive solar home, I am focused on wildlife habitat and forest rehabilitation on a small 21-acre parcel, called Beaver Creek Forest. Located in the area of North America called: "Cascadia" it is located about 75 miles south of Seattle.
One of my other primary activities is focusing on genetic genealogy for my Scottish heritage. Additionally I am honored to be a Fellow of the Antiquaries of Scotland.
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