Dan got his first taste of farm life as a young child, while attending the Still Family reunions in Manitoba. There he fed pigs, collected eggs, and jumped off hay bales. His grandparents in Thunder Bay showed him all about growing veggies in their highly productive kitchen garden.
As an adult Dan spent some time working on farms throughout Argentina. Upon returning to Canada, he volunteered with food related non-profits, and worked places ranging from biodynamic sheep to organic vegetable farms, from agronomy research stations to part of a federal plant breeding program. He graduated with a Diploma in Agriculture from the University of Guelph, Kemptville Campus.