Topic Areas: Business Planning, Marketing, Crops, Local Foods, Pest Management, Energy Efficiency, Energy Engineering, Communications, Multimedia
Specific Areas of Expertise: Market gardening, farm business management, high-tunnel construction and management, crop planning and recordkeeping, season extension, alternative heating solutions, food safety and FSMA, IPM, audio and video recording and editing
Dan Birnstihl is a former Marine. Following his time in the military, he went to school to learn about audio engineering, before earning his degree in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems from the University of New Hampshire. Upon graduating, Dan became the farm director for a new small-farm in Hooksett, New Hampshire. During his four years running the farm, Dan specialized in farm business management, high-tunnel construction and management, crop planning and recordkeeping, season extension, and alternative heating solutions. Before joining NCAT, Dan worked with University of New Hampshire’s Cooperative Extension team honing his digital media skills. In his free time, Dan enjoys spending time with his wife and dog, and keeping handy with home repairs.
Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems, University of New Hampshire
J.M. Fortier’s Market Gardener Masterclass
Degree program in Audio Engineering, SAE Institute, Nashville
Program Assistant, August 2021 – February 2022
UNH Cooperative Extension, Goffstown, NH
Created written and digital media for IPM, FSMA, and FRSAN teams.
Director of Agricultural Operations, October 2017 – August 2021
Hip Peas Farm, Hooksett, NH
Developed and managed farming operations for a 5.5-acre market garden.
Featured Publications and Presentations:
Reducing New England High Tunnel Heating Costs and Fossil Fuel Usage Utilizing an Earth Air Heat Exchanger. Northeast SARE Farmer Grant (project in work).