Founder and Executive Director
Dan has been an organic farmer for more than 30 years, and is the founder and executive director of the Bionutrient Food Association, an 8-year old non-profit educational organization whose mission is to “increase quality in the food supply”. Known as one of the leading proponents of “nutrient density”, Dan has worked to demonstrate the connections between plant health, soil health, carbon sequestration, crop nutritional value, flavor and human health. Out of these efforts was born the Real Food Campaign, which has engineered the prototype of a hand-held consumer spectrometer that is designed to test nutrient density at point of purchase, thereby empowering the consumer to choose for nutrient quality. Via this tool, the deeper goal is to connect the economic incentives of consumers to growers to drive full system regeneration.
Manager, BFA Membership & Course Administration
Gary received his MBA in Finance from Bryant University and has been a financial analyst, accountant, and certified quality technician (CQT from American Society of Quality) in the frequency control device industry, and now manages his family’s retail business in Hopedale, MA. An avid part-time gardener, Gary was inspired to join and work with the BFA in 2012 on a part-time basis after taking a BFA course and seeing the impact of biological farming practices in his own garden. In addition to managing BFA’s annual series of two-day courses, Gary oversees BFA membership administration and is part of the BFA’s organizing team for its annual Soil & Nutrition Conference.
D’Lynda has a history of business ownership and consulting, for private sector individuals and entities and non-profit organizations. She is a systems thinker and a human connector. Her passion is the link between soil health, plant nutrition, our microbiome and human vibrancies. She is supporting the Bionutrient Food Association by building out a Customer Relations Management system, assisting with the 7th Annual Soil & Nutrition Conference, and steering the Real Food Campaign.
Chris has designed and built web sites for 15 years. He has developed the current BFA site with the functionality to house, organize and make large repositories of scientific data available for public use. Chris has also developed an online network to engage and connect chapters, members, growers and consumers with a select series of social tools, making the BFA web presence a unique and invaluable resource to its members. Over the years, Chris's work has ranged from small portfolio sites for artists, timber framers, and sheep farmers to larger projects for clients such as the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, UBS Investment Bank, Oxygen Media Network, General Electric, and NBC Universal, including multiple award-winning B2B sites that served as the backbone to print and broadcast marketing communications for three Olympic campaigns in partnership with the client, NBC Universal Cable.
Cathy Kandianis, PhD
Cathy’s training in crop breeding, plant physiology and crop nutrition has been guided by her interest in the development of plant foods with improved nutrition through the integration of genetics and rearing environment. She has a long-standing record of involvement in multi-disciplinary, collaborative crop nutrition projects, including the development of high provitamin A carotenoid maize lines using conventional breeding, and the identification of maize genetic stocks with higher iron nutrition in low input environments. Cathy oversees development of BFA’s applied research agenda and establishes collaborative efforts with BFA research partners.
David Forster has been a full-time soil and farm consultant since starting Forster Soil Management 5 years ago. He is now working with BFA members and local chapters, providing agronomy consulting, mineral depot information and support, and grower education. With a background in industrial engineering, but a passion for agriculture, he has been intensively studying soil and plant health and agronomy for over 10 years. He has worked with clients on a diverse assortment of crops on anything from a few hundred square feet to several thousand acres.