During his tenure at the National Gardening Association, Mike has redefined the scope and mission of the organization to better serve two key markets: Adult gardeners (at all skill levels) and youth educators. His work developing garden.org includes innovations in the areas of gardening how-to, content presentation, social media, new market research, and corporate support. With kidsgardening.org he has revitalized the publications division, boosted catalog circulation, and increased grant programs to achieve a Garden in Every School. Educational gardening programs, how-to’s, curriculum and hands-on materials are designed to highlight the diverse benefits of youth gardening, including improving critical test scores and instilling experiential understanding and advancement in the core sciences, and crossing the curriculum into nutrition, exercise, math, social studies, environment, conservation, ecology, cultural exchange, leadership, and more.
Mike is a magna cum laude graduate of Gordon College with a bachelor's degree in Economics and a minor in Psychology. He serves on the Advisory Panel of the National Forum on Children and Nature, the USDA People's Garden Forum, the Learning for Life Skilled Trades Committee, and is on the Advisory Board of the Housekeeping Channel. He has served as an advisor to notable institutions such as the White House First Lady’s office, USDA, and the CDC, as well as providing his expertise to magazines, newspapers, television reporters and a host of for-profit and nonprofit organizations on the subject of adult and youth gardening and nonprofit management.