Mark Schonbeck has done sustainable agriculture research, consulting, and technical writing for the past 25 years. His areas of experience include organic vegetable production, soil and nutrient management, soil test interpretation for organic systems, cover crops, mulches, sustainable weed management, and soil and resource conservation. He does one-on-one consulting with farmers and gardeners, including soil test interpretation and nutrient management from an organic viewpoint, as well as crop rotation, cover cropping, and weed management.
Mark edits The Virginia Biological Farmer, the quarterly 12 page newsletter of Virginia Association for Biological Farming (VABF), and helps maintain a homestead garden for a small community of 15 people. He also does volunteer work in policy education and advocacy for family farms and sustainable agriculture, and serves as policy liaison between VABF and National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition.