Dan joined the Board of the Stone Trust in January 2020 after several years of working closely with TST to gain his Level 2, Level 3, and Instructor certifications from the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain. In addition to running a Minnesota landscape design business since 2005, Dan co-led an historic wall rebuilding workshop in Springfield, Vermont in 2018. He was the site coordinator and an instructor for dry stone workshops in Isanti, Minnesota in August 2019, where he will lead a workshop July 17 and 18, 2020.
Dan has an undergraduate degree in horticulture and a master degree in agriculture, both from the University of Minnesota. A Minnesota native, Dan grew up on a farm where he had many up-close experiences with stone throughout his childhood, both removing stone and building with it. His landscaping business, HabAdapt Landscape Design, focuses on design, construction, and consulting services for a wide range of commercial and residential clients. For Dan, stone is one of the key components for creating permaculture designs that will endure for decades, and more. His landscape designs incorporate sustainable materials, woven together “to bring life, function, and beauty to chosen spaces.”
Dan sees The Stone Trust providing a critical education platform for developing dry stone construction skills among the many practitioners in the field, as well as expanding the understanding of dry stone construction among the general public. He believes the construction standards developed by the DSWA, and implemented through Stone Trust workshops with certified instructors, are essential to the development of a skilled and sustainable workforce of dry stone builders. The continuation of DSWA certification of practitioners and instructors is one of the key areas of TST mission that Dan will support through his participation on the Board.
Over the years, Dan has written articles and given talks on sustainable landscape design and incorporating dry stone components. And lest you think that Dan is only about landscape design, be advised that he has certificates from Normandale Community College in both Herbalism and Aromatherapy. Those skills may be very useful when we convene for our annual Board retreat!