Joel Karsten is a proud Gopher from the University of Minnesota, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture Science a million years ago. He worked in the "Green" industry after graduation while he struggled to start his own landscape design and Installation company in the Minneapolis/St.Paul metro area. Many years later, he now owns a manufacturing and distribution company, but is still a passionate vegetable gardener. Nowadays he plants a variety crop he can fit into the 30 bale garden he has on his residential lot in Roseville Minnesota. He is an avid grower of tulips, dahlias, roses, hostas and day lillies, and is always on the lookout for new ways to make gardening easier. Karsten speaks regularly around the country and has been a keynote speaker for hundreds of events. He brings a unique blend of inovative ideas, a true passion for gardening and an entreprenurial spirit for business. He is easy to work with, affordable, conscience, reliable and entertaining, so as an event organizer you’ll have an easy weekend! He presents his revolutionary new gardening methods with an engaging style using humor, life lessons and stories that will get every member of the audience excited to try his revolutionary Straw Bale Gardening system. His lastest book Straw Bale Gardens Complete 2nd edition, is on Cool Springs Press through Quarto Publishing Company.