Since moving to Charlotte 20 years ago, Don Boekelheide has directed Urban Ministry’s Garden for the Homeless, created Meckenburg County’s Home Composting and Master Composer programs, and pioneered community gardening efforts across our region, including organizing the area’s largest community garden in Reedy Creek Park. A Peace Corps Agriculture Volunteer (Togo, West Africa) and credentialed teacher, Don leads home gardening classes for local community colleges and is a national trainer for the American Community Gardening Association. He is also a seasoned journalist whose articles appear weekly in The Charlotte Observer’s University City News, as well as in other publications and websites. Don is the Southeast Test Gardener for Organic Gardening Magazine.
Don holds an MS in Agriculture from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, with his undergrad degree from UC Santa Barbara. He interned in organic vegetable production at The Farallones Institute in Sonoma County, California. His operation, Food Web Farm, grows certified organic vegetables and flowers, specializing in salad crops and unusual heirloom and gourmet varieties. A lifelong musician, Don performs on cornetto, pipe and tabor, and more with The Charlotte Waites, Charlotte’s Renaissance Wind Band. He lives in Newell, near UNC Charlotte, with his wife, UNC Charlotte Professor Nan Byars, and their children Anna and Ben.
Don says he is grateful that Lomax offers Participating Farmers a chance to transform interest and skills into practical economic results that benefit the entire community, by improving food security, increasing consumer choice and encouraging good stewardship of precious farmland.
Food Web Farm
Foodwebfarm@gmail.com (changing soon to FWFinfo@foodwebfarm.com)
firstname.lastname@example.org (changing soon to email@example.com)
www.foodwebfarm.com (website under construction)