Eric has been an advocate, practitioner and academic in the field of local, sustainable food production for the last decade and a half. Early in his career, he spearheaded efforts to scale up urban agriculture at Toronto District School Board schools located in underserved communities. These efforts led to the production of 14,000 pounds of produce that was shared with the school communities including food banks in the first year alone.
Following the completion of his PhD, Eric taught experiential, community-based courses on local, sustainable food and food systems, community gardens, food security and urban agriculture at McMaster University, St. Lawrence College and the University of New Mexico.
Eric currently works in Ottawa for Canadian Organic Growers and helps farmers transition to organic and regenerative organic farming. Eric is also on the Board of the Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario and the Ontario Historical Society. Eric is passionate about local sustainable procurement and wishes to enhance public procurement of local, sustainable foods.
Eric lives and works on the territories of the Huron-Wendat Nation.