Mark is the award-winning author of the book, "Restoration Agriculture: Real-World Permaculture for Farmers." He also authored "Water for Any Farm: Applying Restoration Agriculture Water Management Methods on Your Farm." Mark has been a farmer member of the Organic Valley cooperative, the world’s largest organic farmer’s co-op, since 1995. He is most widely known as
the founder of New Forest Farm, a 106-acre perennial agriculture savanna.
Trained in both mechanical engineering and ecology, Mark has developed and patented equipment and processes for the cultivation, harvesting and processing of forest derived agricultural products for human foods and bio fuels production.
Mark was certified as a Permaculture Designer in 1993 and received his Diploma of Permaculture design from Bill Mollison, the founder of the international permaculture movement. He teaches agroforestry and permaculture worldwide.