Alan joined the spiritual organization Shinji Shumeikai in 1976 and was attracted to, and excelled at, the Natural Agriculture philosophy which Mokichi Okada, founder of Shinji Shumeikai, advocated.
From 1996 onwards Alan avidly participated in all Natural Agriculture activities and served as the International Coordinator of Shumei’s partnership with The Rodale Institute, The Center for Regenerative Studies, and the College of Agriculture at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. In 1999 he was involved in the establishment of the Shumei International Institute in Crestone, Colorado, a non-profit corporation created to promote spiritual growth through interfaith activities, the practice of Natural Agriculture, and sponsorship of cultural events.
Now he enthusiastically introduces Shumei Natural Agriculture as a way of life to communities around the world including Zambia, Madagascar, Brazil, Nepal and the Philippines. He is currently serves as Executive Director of the Shumei International Institute in Crestone, Colorado. He also serves as director of Shumei International’s Natural Agriculture global programs.