Steve Moore

Lecturer in Environmental Studies
McMichael Science Building 003F
2015 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244 (336) 278-6271

Brief Biography

Steve Moore


Department of Environmental Studies

Elon University, Elon NC

Office 336 278 6271



Steve is currently teaching AgroEcolgy within the Environmental Studies Department at Elon University, Elon, NC.  Previously he was the Small Farm Unit Manager and Agriculture Energy Specialist at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems, North Carolina State University. He was the past Director of the Center for Sustainable Living at Wilson College, Chambersburg, PA, and founder of the Robyn Van En Center for CSA Resources. He is co-founder (with wife, Carol) of Harmony Essentials, a company dedicated to the vision and practices of a sustaining food system.  Steve was appointed to the Pennsylvania Sustainable Agriculture Advisory Board, served two terms on the board of directors for PASA (Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture) and currently serves as the Vice President of the Board of Directors for Ecology Action, Willits, CA and on the Board of Directors for The Ecological Learning Foundation.


He has done extensive consulting and provides presentations and workshops worldwide. He was part of the National Cooperative Extension team to develop E-extension education and information on sustainable energy production and utilization in agriculture.  He is an associate editor of the peer review journal, Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems (formerly the American journal of Sustainable Agriculture).


Steve and family have farmed and gardened organically for over 35 years.  He has used Biointensive techniques for 20 years in market production of fruits and vegetables.   He has a diversified farm background including small fruits, vegetables, bees, dairy cows, draft horses and other livestock. Steve has also been a pioneer in solar greenhouse and high tunnel production for over 25 years.  He has been an intermediate certified GROW BIOINTENSIVEsm teacher and is design certified in permaculture.


M Ed, Agriculture Education, NC State University

BA, Biology, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg PA

Courses Taught

Elon University

     ENS 111 Introduction to Environmental Science (Lecture)

     ENS 113 Introdduction to Environmental Science (Lab)

     ENS  200 Srategies for Environmental Inquiry

Wilson College

     ENV 216-316 Agroecology

     ENV 230 Sustainable Energy Systems

Gettysburg College

     PHY 101 (Lab)

     PHY 111 (Lab)


Grants Awarded

2008    Energy from the Ground Up: Training Agricultural Energy Specialists, SARE PDP (Professional Development Program) , $97,000.  (Train 30 agricultural educators from the SE USA region as Energy Specialists for their State Cooperative Extension Services, Co PI, Mike Morris, PhD, National Center of Appropriate Technology)

2008    Increasing Small Farm Viability with Season Extension, NC Specialty Crops Program. Co PI, Mary Peet, PhD, Bill Jester, Steve Moore $10,000

2008    Growing Good Communities: Wayne Food Initiative's Community Growing Center, RAFI, Tobacco Communities Reinvestment Fund.  $20,000

2007    Developing a Model Community-based Food System in Wayne County, North Carolina, University Extension, Engagement and Economic Development Grant, Co PI  Nancy Creamer, PhD, $10,000

2007    Reducing Energy Risks for Farmers, RMA (Risk Management Agency) USDA

2006    Training Opportunities in High Tunnel Production of Tomatoes and Salad Mixes, Co PI Mary Peet, PhD, $5,144

2006    Reducing Energy Risks for Farmers, RMA (Risk Management Agency) USDA $149,917

2006    Use of Banker Plants for the control of Aphids in High Tunnels, ANR IPM grant, CoPI David Orr, PhD

2006    Marketing Opportunities using Season Extension and CSA’s, Small and Part Time Farmer Grant, Co PI

2002    Improving Thermal Performance in Unheated Greenhouses for the Production of Vegetables in the Winter, Mid-Atlantic Vegetable Growers Association and PA Dept. of Agriculture.

2001    Monitoring Thermal Performance in “Grow Tunnel” Improvements in Non-fossil Fuel Heated Greenhouses used for Winter Greens and Herb Production, Mid-Atlantic Vegetable Growers Association and PA Dept. of Agriculture

2000    Combining Passive Solar and In-ground radiant Heating for Winter Greenhouse Production , INOVATION in AGRICULTURE PON 578-00,  NYSERDA, Hawthorne Valley NY

1999    Local Foods Initiative for Wilson College Dining Hall. Humane Society of the US (HSUS)

1998   CSA Promotion, USDA SARE, $22,323

1997    High Tunnel Microclimate Monitoring and Production Research, Heinz Foundation PERC, $17,000

1996    Community Agriculture Project (CAP), funded by US EPA Sustainable Development Challenge Grant, $48,000. The goals of CAP were to expand public awareness of CSAs, develop and disseminate CSA information and connect growers and shareholders.

1992    Beneficial insect research for pest control in high tunnels, collaboration with PSU and USDA (three consecutive, three year grants)


Moore, S.R., 2010, Energy efficiency in small-scale biointensive organic onion production in Pennsylvania, USA, Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems, 25:3, pg 181-188

Moore, S. (contributing Author) 2007, High Tunnel Manual, SARE, UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture p.70

Moore, S., Jeavons, J., 2007, Energy use in Biologically Intensitive Farming. Synthesis/Regeneration Fall 44 p. 20-24

Professional Activities

Associate Editor; Journal of Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems (RAFS). Cambridge University Press. 2005-present

Board of Advisers, Wayne Community College NC (Sustainable Agriculture Two Year Degree Program Initiative)

Vice President, Board of Directors, Ecology Action (EA), Willits CA ( 

NC Farm to Fork Building North Carolina’s Sustainable Local Food Economy, Advisory Committee and Working Issues Team (WIT) Member

NC SARE Advisory Board Member

National eXtension  Energy in Agriculture team member

Former Board of Directors, Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture