Ralph M. Coolman - Community Organizer, Upland Community Development Program, U.S. Peace Corps, Philippines, 1981-1984

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Ralph M. Coolman - Community Organizer, Upland Community Development Program, U.S. Peace Corps, Philippines, 1981-1984

Ralph M. Coolman - Community Organizer, Upland Community Development Program, U.S. Peace Corps, Philippines, 1981-1984

Ralph M. Coolman

428 Hollow Road

Skillman, NJ 08558

(609) 466-9629


Objective: A career in sustainable development, environmental education and local community development.

Skills: Agricultural and ecological research; natural resource management; fundraising; project design,

construction and implementation; community organizing; writing, photography.


* PhD, North Carolina State University, 1994. Nitrous Oxide Flux from Amazonian

Ecosystems. Major: Tropical Soil Management. Minor: Tropical Ecology.

* MS, North Carolina State University, 1989. Legume Relay Intercropping and Broccoli

Production in Western North Carolina. Major: Soil Management. Minor: Statistics.

* BS, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point 1981. Dual Majors: Resource Management and Forestry.

Honors Graduate.


Associate Director, New Jersey Urban Ecology Program, Community Food Production at Rutgers

University, New Brunswick, NJ April 1998-Present.

* Responsible for long-term program development of a project that emphasizes local food security,

experiential learning and sustained resource use.

* Advise students on the production, management, marketing and research skills necessary for the

effective operation of a community supported agriculture program.

* Development of an ideal year round vegetable production system that emphasizes long-term

environmental sustainability, local economic growth and a strong urban-rural partnership.

* Coordinated educational programs for participating students including university courses in Principles

of Organic Crop Production, Fundamental of Agroecology and 35mm Photography.

President and Owner, CoolPhotos, Skillman, NJ June 1997-Present.

* Create a small photography business that focuses on environmental portraiture, graphic design and local


* Responsible for management of financial, legal, production, advertising and marketing operations of

small business.

* Develop business plan and long-term strategy for sustained financial success.

* Create new products that are highly creative with an appeal to the local consumer including notecards,

posters, artwork and exhibits.

Lecturer-Visiting Faculty, Princeton Environmental Institute and Woodrow Wilson School of Public

Policy, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ September 1996-June 1997.

* Responsible for teaching and student evaluation of course entitle Introduction to Environmental Studies

and Global Tropical Forests:Resources, People and Policies..

* Advise undergraduate students on development, research writing and editing of Junior and Senior


* Hosted seminar on Urban Agriculture at Woodrow Wilson School.

Community Garden Coordinator, Cultivating Communities Project, Department of Housing and

Human Services, City of Seattle P-Patch Program, Seattle, WA February 1995-August 1996.

* Implementation and management of Cultivating Communities, a program responding to health and

nutrition needs of Seattle's low income communities.

* Developed seven gardens at Seattle Housing Authority communities meeting the needs of 100 low

income families.

* Coordinated a series of workshops on organic gardening and nutrition.

* Responsible for long-term program development and fund-raising for a program that emphasizes

sustainable resource use, job creation, local economic development, and common open areas.

Research Assistant, Department of Soil Science, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North

Carolina and EMBRAPA Centro de Pesquisas Agroflorestais da Amazonia, Manaus, Brasil,1991-94.

* Collaborated in the establishment of "Alternatives to Slash and Burn in the Western Amazon" a multi-

disciplinary research project in Manaus, Brazil funded by the Rockefeller Foundation.

* Designed, established and monitored a 10 hectare agro-ecosystem experiment at a remote research

station in the Central Amazon Basin.

* Constructed a laboratory for the monitoring of "greenhouse gas" emissions from four amazonian


* Coordinated inter-disciplinary research efforts at remote field station site.

Research Assistant, Department of Soil Science, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North

Carolina 1987-91.

* Collaborated on the development of joint program in "Conservation and Sustainable Development"

between Duke and North Carolina State universities.

* Developed and implemented original research project for a low-input agricultural system in western

North Carolina.

* Assisted in course and lab instruction at graduate and undergraduate levels.

Community Organizer, Illinois South Project, Herrin, Illinois 1986-1987.

* Organized local farmers, county board members, Farmers Home Administration officials, local

churches, and businesses to address social problems associated with the farm-debt crisis.

* Mediated debt/land negotiations between farmers and Farmers Home Administration officials.

* Assisted in program development and fundraising.

* Provided direction to local groups addressing State and National farm policies.

Private Small Farm Consultant, Mountain Province, Philippines, 1984-1985.

* Planned and directed the development of a multiple-use farm introducing agricultural alternatives for

enhanced biological diversity and income generation.

* Developed demonstration area for the introduction of new vegetable and leguminous cover crops.

* Organized and conducted seminar on beekeeping. Facilitated establishment of farmer operated


Community Organizer, Upland Community Development Program, U.S. Peace Corps, Philippines.


* Assisted a group of local leaders to address pertinent social problems in their community.

* Established an elementary school of 100 students, obtaining recognition and financial support from the

Ministry of Education and Culture.

* Maintained new crops demonstration area and established 1000 fruit tree orchard on school grounds.

* Coordinated local land rights and cultural exchange activities with University of the Philippines College

of Law and the Philippines Association for Intercultural Development.

* Designed and organized the construction of two village water systems. Responsible for project

proposals, fund-raising, management of workers, final reports, and the transfer of fiscal management

skills to community leaders.


Portuguese, T'boli and Maguindanao (southern Philippine dialects), some knowledge of Tagalog.


* Coolman, Ralph M., Wayne P. Robarge, and Erick C.M. Fernandes. 1994. Nitrous Oxide Flux from

Amazon Ecosystems. Global Change Biology accepted for publication February 1995.

* Coolman, Ralph M., Wayne P. Robarge, and Pedro A. Sanchez. 1994. Soil Properties Affecting

Nitrous Oxide Emissions from the Amazon Basin. Journal of Geophysical Research in review.

* Coolman, Ralph M. and Greg D. Hoyt. 1993. The Effects of Reduced Tillage on the Soil Environment.

HorTech. 3(2):143-145.

* Coolman, Ralph M. and Greg D. Hoyt. 1993. Increasing Sustainability by Intercropping. HorTech.


Exhibits: Amazon Images. A photographic exhibition at the North Carolina Botanical Gardens. Spring 1994

-References Available Upon Request-

Resume Principles of Organic Crop Production Fundamentals of Agroecology 33mm Photography Ralph's Family & Friends

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