This year, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation has embarked on an ambitious project to restore farming to Monticello. In this presentation, celebrated landscape architect Thomas Woltz and Manager of Farm and Nursery Operations Keith Nevison discuss how a proposed center demonstrating innovative approaches to farming and crop development can serve as a continuity of Jefferson’s relentless spirit of experimentation in horticulture and agricultural improvement. Come learn about the big plans for the future of Monticello and Tufton Farm!
Principal/Owner, Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects
Thomas Woltz is the principal and owner of Nelson Byrd Woltz (NBW) Landscape Architects. He was named “Design Innovator of the Year” by WSJ Magazine in 2013, and in 2011 was invested into the American Society of Landscape Architects’ Council of Fellows, among the highest honors in the profession. In 1998, Woltz initiated the Conservation Agriculture (ConAg) Studio at NBW, bringing together master farmers, ecologists, designers, landowners and institutions to create new models of biodiversity within damaged ecological infrastructures and working farmland in North America, New Zealand and Australia. Woltz and his firm have partnered with Monticello on a range of initiatives, including a 2011 Landscape Stewardship Study of the Foundation’s historic landholdings, which envisioned a center for sustainable agriculture at Tufton Farm, among other proposals.
Manager of Farm and Nursery Operations at Monticello
Keith Nevison serves as manager of farm and nursery operations for the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello. In this role, he oversees a thriving nursery business at the Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants, and is working to successfully launch a 21st century center for innovative farming, which aims to engage a broad audience in discussions on food, public health and sustainable agricultural issues. He earned his Master of Science in Public Horticulture from the University of Delaware through the Longwood Graduate Program and his Bachelor of Science cum laude in Environmental Studies from Portland State University in Oregon. For more than a decade, Nevison’s work has included organic food production, ornamental horticulture, landscape design and ecological restoration. His passion for environmental restoration led him to serve as board secretary and Student Guild representative for the Society for Ecological Restoration’s Pacific Northwest and Mid-Atlantic chapters. In addition, he is an International Society of Arboriculture certified arborist, an FFT2 certified wildland firefighter, and holds certifications as a Master Naturalist and Master Composter.