Co-Founder & Emergent Conservationist
Daniel is a first-generation farmer with a background in high-technology and entrepreneurship. After being diagnosed with life-threatening/altering medical conditions in 2012/13, Daniel turned to farming as what he then considered “the last resort.” What he found, however, was a life complete with abundance, joy, and health.
Daniel is a published author, successful entrepreneur, and emergent conservationist, who has deep experience in the fields of business, farming, and education. Daniel is the President of an international and award-winning Digital Agency; he is the founder and daily manager of a large-scale and holistically-managed permaculture farm in Central Virginia; he is the director and lead educator of Virginia’s Hub of the Savory Institute; and is a published author on regenerative agriculture, permaculture, and American history genres, his book, Boone, An Unfinished Portrait, hits the shelves in October, 2020.
Daniel has experience with everything between building highly successful businesses, generating millions in revenue year over year, to running highly successful and deeply innovative farmed system that regenerate both the ecosystem and community in which they act.
Most importantly, however, he is an unworthy father to the sweetest girl and boy and an undeserving husband to the most wonderful wife this world has to offer.
Hub Leader of Savory Global Network’s Virginia Hub
Certified Permaculture Designer
Co-Founder & Field Biologist
Morgan’s passion for rich living systems fermented during her time in college, where she studied Field Biology under a full-ride scholarship for Track and Field (pole-vault). She is a true city-girl turned farmer and is a power-house mentally and physically.
Morgan is Robinia’s senior ecological montior and field engineer. She is head of operations and runs the system’s design aspects of the Institute, utilizing her unique blend of biological understanding and system’s thinking.
It is an understatement to say that the farm and Institute would collapse without her.
Lead Advisor and Mentor
Founder & President of Savory Institute
Allan Savory, born in Zimbabwe and educated in South Africa (University of Natal, BS in Zoology and Botany) pursued an early career as a research biologist and game ranger in the British Colonial Service of what was then Northern Rhodesia (today Zambia) and later as a farmer and game rancher in Zimbabwe.
Mentor of Robinia
CEO & Co-Founder of the Savory Institute
A native Argentinean, born and raised in Buenos Aires, Daniela is an agronomist by profession and holds a MS in Natural Resource Management and Economics. With over 25 years of international experience in ranching, Holistic Management, and collaborative ecosystem restoration programs, Daniela co founded with Allan Savory and other colleagues the Savory Institute in 2009, and became its CEO in 2011. Since then she has led her team in the design and implementation of a revolutionary entrepreneurial, self-sustaining global impact strategy for large-scale restoration of grasslands through Holistic Management to tackle global food and water security, and climate change issues.
Mentor of Robinia
Director of the Jefferson Center
Abbey serves as the Global Network Coordinator of the Savory Institite and the director of the Jefferson Center for Holistic Management. She spent time in South Africa living with families on holistically managed cattle farms after graduating magna cum laude from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a degree in animal science and a focus in communications and ethnic studies. She attended graduate school at the University of Nevada, Reno where she received a master’s degree in interactive journalism.
Forester & Owner of Foresters, LLC
Britt stepped into the field of sustainable forestry in the mid 1970s out of the deep desire to heal that which man was destroying: the natural forest and its abundance of resources.
After graduating with a Masters degree in Forest Management and Economics from Virginia Tech, Britt designed and engineered the nationally recognized and industry standard data collection and calculation software program used for over 30 years within the forestry industry. More than his 40,000 hours of active forest observation and management in this 30-year career is his passion and ardor for fostering healthy forest ecosystems and balanced management practices for landowner’s economic goals.
He has conducted workshop for landowners and organizations on forest economics, sustainable forestry, land protection & management, and agroforestry for over three decades.
“To care for things that are alive, you must be involved, and have the clarity of, and confidence of, [that forest’s] history. Experience and study provides the understanding of what actions are needed to guide your caring actions and influence your desired outcome. Focused involvement and ‘listening’ to history provides the answers you seek to the question; “What do I do to care for this place?” The only way to care for a living thing in the long-term successfully is to use adaptive management with focused intent and surfing the change. To change things in a direction that I/you think is restorative, good, healthy, and positive you need well-intended finesse gathered from the subtle teachings of how the forest works. If you shove, you get shoved back, and worse. That is the First-rule-of-play with Mother.”