In 1964 he joined the Galapagos International Scientific Project and made several trips to the Enchanted Isles and to some of the most beautiful wilderness regions of the United States. His work became widely published in nature calendars and magazines, including Audubon, National and International Wildlife, Natural History, Ranger Rick, and Life, culminating in the publication of five books.
By 1970, he pursued another childhood passion: gardening. Over fifteen years of intensive flower, fruit, and vegetable gardening in Central California resulted in the beginnings of a new "career" in horticultural photography.
Moving to Iowa with his family in 1987, David became the first manager of the preservation gardens at the Seed Savers Exchange, renewing seeds during the next eight years of Heritage Farm’s 15,000 heirloom vegetable varieties.
His life-long interest in food and 30 years of gardening experience led David, as the founder and President of the Pepperfield Project. The donation of David’s home, gardens, and 55 acres of the farm now afford a living palette of opportunities for highly personalized garden design and horticultural photography.
Throughout his personal evolution, interpreting and celebrating the beauty of this world and helping others to reconnect with the Earth remains his fervent passion. His power point describing the exciting developments in gardening will begin at approximately 12:45. You won’t want to miss it. Call Darlene Lorenz @ 319-334-2623 if you would like a luncheon reservation.
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