Matt has over 20 years of experience as a farm-based educator. He has worked at Hawthorne Valley since the fall of 1999, serving in many different capacities from leading the educational gardening activities, managing overnight summer camp for teenagers, waterfront safety at the pond, and teaching farming and gardening to the Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School students. Prior to working at Hawthorne Valley, Matt worked with the educational program at Hidden Villa in California near to where he grew up. Matt's interest in place-based learning was cultivated while he studied sociology and environmental studies at the University of California San Diego.