I have been an environmentalist, educator, and organic gardener – on both coasts – for over 40 years. I served on the Environmental Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association and chaired the subcommittee on pesticide use. The American Rose Society gave me an Award of Merit for my writing on organic gardening and I wrote the garden column for Dan’s Papers in the Hamptons. I’ve also written for The Nation Magazine, New York Newsday, and Film Comment. I received The Free Press Association Mencken Award for outstanding journalism in support of liberty.
I have taught at New York University, and at Stanford University where I also served as University Ombudsman. Acting on my recommendations as Ombudsman, among other things Stanford instituted a University wide program of IPM, ending haphazard, unsafe biocide use on campus; Stanford ended the policy of female exclusion from the all male Stanford Marching band and moved toward the equalization of support for male and female sports programs; and Stanford abandoned the Indian symbol as the University’s mascot.
I have given classes at The New York Botanical Garden and Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and I have lectured for garden clubs and organizations in the tri-state area.