In 2003, Benjamin had an epiphany while visiting the Hilton Bialek Habitat at Carmel Middle School – if students could grow, harvest, prepare and eat fresh food together at school, surely they would learn to love eating foods that are better for them and for the environment! This realization launched him into the last 16 years of professional experience in hands-on science and food-based education, first through an honors senior thesis in Social and Environmental Science at Whitman College, then as an Americorps member and garden educator at Chef Alice Waters’ Edible Schoolyard in Berkeley, CA, and most recently as the founder and CEO of Grow Your Lunch, a consultancy committed to designing and building productive and academically rigorous educational gardening programs within public, private and charter schools throughout the Western US. It is a true homecoming for Ben to be back at MEarth after all these years. He lives with his wife, Anastasia, on his family’s homestead, Country Flat Farm, between Carmel and Big Sur, where his family grows certified organic fruit, vegetables, and cut flowers, and keeps honey bees. When he is not at MEarth, Ben enjoys farm work, hiking, surfing, playing music and serving alongside his neighbors on the Mid Coast Fire Brigade.