Jeff Lowenfels is one of the most humorous and entertaining lecturers on the organic gardening circuit. He is a reformed lawyer and author of Timber Press’ award-winning and best-selling books, Teaming With Microbes: The Organic Gardener’s Guide to The Soil Food Web and Teaming With Nutrients: The Organic Gardener’s Guide to Optimizing Plant Nutrition. His third book in the soils trilogy, Teaming With Fungi, The Organic Grower’s Guide to Mycorrhizae, was published in 2017 and instantly became a best seller.
Jeff has become a leader in the organic gardening/sustainability movement as a result of his best selling books. His talks have converted tens of thousands of gardeners at venues throughout North and South America. Teaming with Microbes: The Organic Gardener’s Guide to The Soil Food Web was reviewed as “the most important new gardening book in 25 years and maybe even ever.”
Jeff grew up as an indentured servant on his father’s hobby farm in Scarsdale, New York. There he was forced to plant, weed, mow and pick fruits, flowers, and vegetables on an 8-acre ‘gentlemen’s farm’ replete with acres-wide vegetable gardens, a Versailles-style formal flower garden, a 100 tree fruit orchard and countless landscape shrubs, lawns and decorative beds. He escaped to Harvard College where he majored in Geology and the Harvard.
Jeff hosted Alaska public television’s most popular show, “Alaska Gardens with Jeff Lowenfels.” The show was so popular, it ran four times a week and aired even in Barrow, way above the Arctic Circle. He also hosted a popular, weekly, garden radio show until his travel schedule lecturing around the world caught up with him.
Most important, Jeff is the founder of a national program that started as “Plant a Row for Bean’s,” the soup kitchen in Anchorage, and is now “Plant A Row for The Hungry.” The program is active all 50 states and Canada and has resulted in millions of pounds of garden produce being donated to feed the hungry every year.