An Austin native, Ben hails from Oak Hill. His appreciation for people and nature blossomed at a young age and has flourished ever since. Ben grew up hiking the green belt of Barton Creek and Barton Springs, spending his free time researching native plants and trees and learning about soil, water, and life. In 2014, he completed his B.S. in Applied Sociology at Texas State University and began broadening his botanical knowledge working at the Natural Gardener. After two seasons at Treefolks, Ben is now their reforestation coordinator and continues strengthening the relationship between nature and society. Ben is active in the Austin Organic Garden Club and is a lifelong math adventurer.