Regenerative Society Facilitator, Hunter Francis is director and founder of the Center for Sustainability in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES) at Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo.
He holds an M.S. in Agriculture with a specialization in Soil Science from Cal Poly, where he also serves as a part-time lecturer. As part of his master’s work, Hunter developed Cal Poly’s Organic Agriculture course, the Cal Poly Organic Farm and Sustainable Agriculture Minor. He has helped develop numerous community and continuing education workshops and conferences. Most recently, this has involved the development of programs for large-scale composting, artisan food production, veteran training in agriculture, and soil health. He previously worked in the whole foods movement and has been active in the local community to strengthen regional agricultural systems.
As board president of Central Coast Grown, Hunter helped to establish SLO City Farm and its educational and agri-tourism programs for the general public. He currently serves on the Cal Poly Sustainability Advisory Committee, the Inter-Institutional Network for Food, Agriculture and Sustainability (INFAS), the CalCAN Advisory Board and the Certification Advisory Committee for the Vineyard Team’s Sustainability in Practice (SiP) certification program, and G3’s Watershed Wise Landscape Professional Certification.