Author, educator, agricultural researcher and master farmer John Jeavons is the Executive Director of the internationally active 501(c)(3) non-profit organization Ecology Action of the Mid-Peninsula. He is the leading researcher, developer, teacher, and consultant for the small-scale, high-yielding, agricultural method known as GROW BIOINTENSIVE® (GB) Sustainable Mini-Farming, and the author of the best-selling book How to Grow More Vegetables—and Fruits, Nuts Berries and Other Crops Than You Ever Thought Possible On Less Land Than You Can Imagine , now in its 8th edition in 10 languages, including Braille.
John has authored, co-authored or edited more than 200 publications on the Biointensive approach and related topics, including a peer-reviewed paper published in The Journal of Sustainable Agriculture. Jeavons’ methods are successfully used in 151 countries around the world by organizations such as UNICEF, Save the Children, and the Peace Corps; he and Ecology Action staff advise students, teachers, farmers, and representatives of private, non-profit and governmental organizations, and they participate in the cross-cultural exchange of agricultural methods.
The comprehensive and sustainable cropping system developed by Jeavons enables people in all regions of the world to grow a balanced diet on a small plot of land. Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Bob Bergland said of his work, “The Jeavons approach…would do more to solve the problems of poverty, misery and hunger than anything else we’ve done.”
A political science graduate of Yale University, Jeavons worked for USAID and Stanford University before devoting 44 years to the development of Biointensive techniques. He has received many prizes and awards for his work, has been twice nominated for World Food Prize, once for the Pew Scholars Award in Conservation and the Environment, and was featured in the PBS documentaries “One Circle” and “The Living Land”. Jeavons has addressed the World Food Conference at Clemson University as the keynote speaker, initiated a “Soil, Food and People GB” Conference at UC-Davis, taught classes at Stanford University and given lectures at Universities throughout Mexico; he is frequently sought to address national and international conferences and university audiences on the important role individuals play in providing solutions to world environment and food challenges.