Hello! I'm Kevin and I'd like to tell you a little bit about myself.
I am recently graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a major in Forestry & Natural Resource Management, and two minors in Biology and in Indigenous Studies. I chose Forestry because I love trees, Natural Resources because we have nothing without them, Biology because it's how life works, and Indigenous Studies because people are the problem and the solution. I believe that the respectful and ethical stewardship of our planet's natural resources will play a big part in resolving much of the looming environmental crisis.
Part of my time is spent working with an organization called OpenFarm. OpenFarm is a user-generated database of localized plant knowledge, specifically created for cataloguing how to grow plants. The vision is a world where you can grow anything! I love plants and am very excited to be a part of something that will improve our understanding of them, especially in such a pragmatic, and easy way. With communities of people centered around sharing and helping each other grow anything, the impact of the organization is much greater than with just an online database. The foundation and catalyst for this project relies heavily upon community involvement and participation, which is where I come in as a Community Developer. I develop strategic relationships with other organizations and individuals in the contexts of funding, content creation, development, outreach, and education.
I am also involved in my local Makerspace. A Makerspace is a community resource dedicated to education and creativity. It is an open, collaborative machine/wood/electronics shop and craft center where one can build projects; teach and take classes; and build networks connecting with local people and resources. This is a place where I can find creative solutions, develop my artistic and crafting nature, and meet great people who are experts in many subjects ranging from welding to pottery. I help manage the shop and am dedicated to teaching the use of and maintaining one piece of equipment, in my case the wood lathe. I've recently learned how use the 3D printer, laser cutter, vacuum former and welder. I've never had so much fun learning!
Thanks for taking the time to learn about me. If you have any questions or would like to get in touch, my email address can be found below. All the best,