Dan Birnstihl


Dan Birnstihl came to the University of New Hampshire (UNH) to study sustainable agriculture and food systems and will graduate in spring 2018 with a bachelor of science degree. His hometown is Manchester, New Hampshire, but his path to UNH included a career in the military. Dan’s interest in hydroponics is of long standing; in addition to the formal research project for which he was granted an Undergraduate Research Award in spring 2017, he has experimented with various ways to build small, home-based hydroponic systems. He has learned that research is a constantly evolving, dynamic process. For example, rapid fluctuation in water pH in hydroponic systems caused him to think of possible solutions to this problem, such as automatic pH adjustment injectors or systems that use more water in a recirculating system. Dan will bring all he learned through his research to his position as farm manager at a new farm-to-table restaurant, Hip Peas Farm, in Hooksett, New Hampshire, where he has worked part-time throughout his senior year at UNH and will work full-time upon graduation in May 2018.