A child of back-to-the-land hippies, I grew up in Idaho and Washington State. I went to University of Washington in Seattle where I majored in Biology and English. I’ve had many odd jobs including: assassin bug handler, book editor, media projectionist, hamster oocyte collector, free-lance journalist, and most recently, University professor at the University of San Francisco, where I teach classes about urban farming and writing.
I studied under Michael Pollan at Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism for two years. These days I mostly write books. I’m the author of the national best selling memoir, Farm City: the Education of an Urban Farmer (Penguin)–a book about my adventures in urban farming in Oakland, CA. I co-authored The Essential Urban Farmer with Willow Rosenthal. Most recently, a family memoir, Gone Feral, was published in 2014.
My urban farm, Ghosttown Farm, currently hosts bees, chickens, and 36 fruit trees.