May 1, 2016
Dan Ohmann’s journey to local food systems work began a few years back when his wife started canning and preserving their food. At the time, neither of them had much awareness of organics or the prevalence of harmful chemicals/preservatives in our food. It was out of a desire to grow more of his own food that ultimately motivated him to explore various gardening/farming techniques, that in turn led him to discover permaculture and the world of organic farming.
Discovering permaculture opened Dan up to a whole new way of understanding food and agriculture. Recognizing the need to support agricultural practices that work in concert with Nature, he made the decision to devote his life to designing regenerative systems of growing food. He is committed to finding ways to grow nutrient dense, healthy food for his family, and to helping educate others who wish to learn how similar practices.
Originally from Georgia, Dan relocated to north Idaho a few years ago. Intent on finding healthy food options, he set about trying to find local farmers and ranchers who he could purchase his food from. It was through that pursuit that he was referred to the INWFN. He became of a member of the “Coeur” Team, a small group of volunteers who met weekly with Teri McKenzie to strategize and plan how to grow the INWFN.
Dan also is passionate about writing, recording and editing music. It was through that channel that he became interested in videography. Applying his music editing skills to video, he found that he has a knack for video production. Happily for the INWFN, Dan volunteered his talents to create our promo video, as well as several others on our website! He enjoys the opportunity that is afforded him through his volunteer work to meet farmers and those involved in food production in our region, and to see firsthand how they work.
Dan is grateful for the chance to contribute to the mission of the INWFN. As a full time caregiver of a young son, Dan is eager to see the development of a thriving food system in our region, thereby ensuring access to an abundance of healthy food for his child and others who live here. In turn, the INWFN is grateful to Dan for his generous contribution of time and talents to our work. Thank you Dan!