John is a professor in the Horticulture Department and, along with the original group of students, is one of the founders of the SOF. He has worked with students, staff and faculty since the farm’s inception to secure funding, coordinate special topic classes, and help develop the site and facilities, the CSA and SOF teaching programs. John also initiated the SOF Outreach Program now coordinated by Adam Montri. John teaches courses in greenhouse management, organic farming principles and practices, compost production and use, transplant production, organic certification, culinary and medicinal herbs, and has taught vegetable crop and cutflower production. He does research on year-round diversified organic farming with emphasis on the PSGH. John has also coordinated the certification of the 5 acre MSU CHES Organic Apple Research Plot by OCIA and OGM. He has developed and taught courses on organic transplant production, compost production and use, and winter greenhouse vegetable production for the MOSES Organic University and is currently working on developing on-line courses for these topics. In 2004 he was recognized by the Michigan Organic Food and Farming Alliance (MOFFA) with their Public Service Award and he is currently a member of the MOFFA Board of Directors.