Peter and his wife Maureen started their farm in order to put principles of ecological restoration into practice, to provide nourishing food for their family and community, and build a healthy home for their family.
They farm on 220 acres in the Driftless area of Southwest Wisconsin. Peter brings his ecological background to his farming practice. He spent a decade at UW-Madison, teaching courses in ecology and complex systems theory, and researching the history and functioning of Midwestern ecosystems. He realized the critical role that animals play in the creation and maintenance of functional ecosystems. He also realized that in order to achieve broad scale ecological restoration, it must be an economical viable pursuit.
Therefore he became determined to work with livestock toward ecological regeneration, and Mastodon Valley Farm was born. Now he spends his days observing and interacting with an increasing diversity of plants and animals working in concert towards the abundant production of food, medicine, fiber, lumber, and energy. Peter continues to teach through his on-farm courses and consults with other landowners interested in implementing regenerative techniques on their own sites. He has three dogs that are vital to their farm and family, protecting livestock from predators, helping return the goats when they escape, and are always ready to run and play.