Sri worked in agriculture for twenty years, as a tea estate manager, as a mixed crop farmer in India, and as an agricultural engineer engaged in soil conservation in Brunei, before he migrated to Canada in 2004. He is a passionate student of traditional management practices in agriculture, and a proponent of integrating traditional approaches into modern farming methods.
Sri has a master’s degree in Capacity Development and Extension from the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada. He is currently pursuing a part time Ph.D. focusing on evaluating the outcomes and impacts of incubator farm programs in the US and Canada, which he hopes will lead to a better understanding of how to engage with and encourage a new generation of farmers, who will be the backbone of our future food systems.
Prior to joining the Center Sri worked for FarmStart, a leader in the incubator farm movement in Canada. At the Center, Sri is the Director of the CA Farm Academy, which consists of the Incubator Farm, Beginning Farmer Training and Apprenticeship (State registered) programs. His work in this area combined with the research he is undertaking gives him an in depth knowledge of the social, economic and practical barriers that new farmers face when trying to start small-scale farms.