Jim started landscaping in 1978 and has been gardening since…well in fourth grade. He opened an organic garden center at the WNC Farmers Market on Brevard Rd in 1985 until 2000. From there he sold plants, books, tools and organic fertilizers. It was also place where he imported organic ginger to US from Costa Rica…a project he developed with local farmers there, and ran for 13 years.
Jim is one of the founders of the Organic Growers School and served on board for 8 years. He was also was a part of CFSA and on their board for two years. Jim planned their conference for three years; a multi state organization working with others to promote Sustainable Agriculture.
Jim farmed for 8 years in upstate SC where he marketed produce at SC State Market in Greenville, SC. He had two greenhouses and about four acres under crop production.
Jim has consulted with Furman University, worked with NC state and Clemson on various boards and projects.
His work internationally has taken him to projects in Zambia, Africa, Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile, Guatemala, Cuba Dominica, Jamaica and many years in Costa Rica.
Jim represented North Carolina on a Sustainable Research and Education, USDA project that worked to promote Sustainable Agriculture throughout the Southeast.