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          I have been a lecturer of urban planning, sustainability and food systems at the University of Missouri, Kansas City's Department of Architecture, Urban Planning and Design. Courses include:

  • UPD 499B: Planning for Urban Agriculture
  • UPD 412 WI: Urban Planning and Design Studio IV – Vacancy and Opportunities for Ecological Urbanism in Kansas City, MO
  • ECON 158: Introduction to Urban Studies (Anchor 1: Values and Reasoning)
  • UPD 332CZ: Environmental Sustainability

          In an effort to move students beyond current paradigms of urban design, I have outlined a pattern language for urban agriculture and introduced students to compassionate city design (example: Randolph Hester's Design for Ecological Democracy).


          I have developed and taught a wide range of workshops and seminars on many subjects including mindfulness, sustainability, farming, permaculture and urban design.  Participants have included refugees, farmers, community leaders, prisoners, architects, planners and more. Here are some examples of the types of workshops and shorter seminars I have led:

  • Introduction to Nonviolent Communication. (February 2015). Co-facilitator. Reaching Out from Within at Lansing Correctional Facility. Lansing, KS.
  • Introduction to Meditation and Mindfulness. (September 2014). Co-facilitator. Reaching Out From Within at Lansing Correctional Facility. Lansing, KS.
  • Organic Farming Techniques for Refugees. (2007 – 2012). A series of spring trainings on organic production methods for farmers with limited or no English comprehension. Offered by Cultivate Kansas City. Kansas City, KS.
  • Designing Edible Forest Gardens. (May 2011). A workshop on sustainable perennial food production systems for farmers and gardeners. Offered by Cultivate Kansas City. Funded by Audubon / Toyota. Kansas City, KS.
  • Immigrant Farmer Education Day. (December 2007). A farmer education project to build cross-cultural learning networks. Offered by the Kansas City Center for Urban Agriculture. Funded by USDA Risk Management Education and Heifer International. Kansas City, KS.


          As topics such as mindfulness, community resilience, urban sustainability and urban agriculture have received increasing public attention, I have been privileged to speak on them in a variety of public, academic and institutional settings. Below are a few examples:

  • Peace Is Every Step. (April 2014). Presentation and workshop at Day of Resilience: Inspire, Educate, Transform. Truman Medical Center Behavioral Health. Kansas City, MO.
  • Foodscapes: Urban Agriculture, Sustainable Design and Community Health. (March 2012). Panelist. Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics. University of Kansas. Lawrence, KS.
  • Toward a New Dialog for Justice and Sustainability. (November 2010). Presentation to National Environmental Justice Advisory Council. Public Meeting and Workshops. Kansas City, MO.
  • Urban Agriculture and the Green Economy. (July 2010). Presentation to Green Jobs—Finding the Right Path Forward. Annual Dialog on Sustainability. Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS.
  • Building Edible Cities – Urban Agriculture for Planning and Design Professionals. (June 2009). Presentation and panel discussion in conjunction with Kansas City Urban Farms and Gardens Tour. University of Missouri, Kansas City. Department of Architecture, Urban Planning and Design. With Dr. Jacob Wagner.
  • Visions for an Edible City. (October 2008). Presentation to American Planning Association Bi-state Conference. Kansas City, MO.


           I began my journalism career in Los Angeles while working toward my B.A. in Radio and Television Broadcasting (Journalism Option). I interned for television news productions at KCBS-TV, KTTV-FOX and Paramount Domestic Television. Later I took a job with German Television Films, a small independent production company serving German and other European television networks with news and documentaries. I had many responsibilities including story researcher, producer and sound recordist. For most of 1994 I also worked as field producer and news desk researcher at KCBS-TV, assisting with the production of several daily newscasts. Among the major stories I helped cover while in Los Angeles are the L.A. Riots/Rodney King Uprising (1992, for German Public Television), the crash of Birgenair Flight 301 near the Dominican Republic (1996, for German Public Television), the US Presidential Election "Republicans for Clinton" (1992, for German Public Television), the Northridge Earthquake (1994, for KCBS-TV) and the OJ Simpson murder trial (1994, for KCBS-TV).

          More than 10 years later I returned to my journalism roots, producing radio programs on local food and urban agriculture and editing and writing for the newsletter "Urban Grown." Click HERE for samples of this more recent work (audio and print).