David began his career working for Icicle Seafoods Inc. in Bristol Bay, AK,
considered to be one of the most sustainable fisheries in the world. While there
he managed a fleet of nearly one hundred commercial salmon fishing vessels,
requiring him to oversee the timely delivery of up to a half-million pounds of wild
caught sockeye salmon to the cannery each day. At Bluebird Grain Farms in
Winthrop, WA, an organic heirloom grain farm that specializes in the growing,
processing, and direct sales of various old-world grain products, he was one of
only two employees on this small, family-run farm where he managed all aspects
of the fresh milled flour operation and field work. David graduated from St. Olaf
College in Northfield, MN with a degree in Environmental Studies, and possesses
a Certificate in Sustainable Design from the Ecosa Institute in Prescott, AZ.
Currently, David serves as Farm Forager to the Green City Market (501(c)3)
in Lincoln Park, the largest and only year-round farmers market in Chicago.
He connects local growers to new markets and opportunities in the City, and
oversees vendor sustainability and market outreach programs. David also sits
on the national Board of Directors for the Farmers Market Coalition, a non-profit
farmers market advocacy and resource organization.