A Growing Culture
Originally from Hastings-on- Hudson, NY, Loren was introduced to agriculture through Putney High School. He went on to get a B.A. from Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC, where he studied Sustainable Agriculture and worked on the mixed-crop and livestock Farm. There, his work and research focused on small-scale pig production and a 65 head grass-fed beef operation. In 2006 Loren spent a semester at the University of Hawaii at Hilo where he studied Tropical Agriculture. After college Loren helped successfully run an organic brewery in Asheville.
In 2010 Loren and Asher founded AGC, and the organization was granted 501(c)3 status shortly after. The following year, Loren embarked on a journey to frame a new narrative of the role of agrarians around the globe. He searched for the innovations that allowed societies to feed themselves for countless generations—absent of harmful chemicals. Loren visited farmers of the Himalayas, the Mekong delta, Bedouins who farmed the desert oasis, indigenous tribes who herd the great rift of Africa. He helped set up and run organic farms and projects in Kenya, and Vietnam, and consulted with NGOs in Egypt and Uganda.
Loren is a leader in a small but growing movement of farmer-centric organizations. He believes the key to sustainability lies in returning small-scale farmers back to the forefront of agriculture. Along with his colleagues in the movement, he promotes farmer-led research, extension, and outreach, helping to create sustainable, self-driving futures.