Jim graduated from the University of Arizona in 1978 with a degree in Speech Communication. Upon signing on with a local landscape company, this degree proved a tremendous help with his first task – digging ditches for salvaged cactus. Since then, he has worked with native plants, seed and rock in Southern Arizona. All his botanical knowledge is field acquired. At one time he was a columnist and owned a plant nursery.
Currently, Jim lives in a canyon in mountains near the Mexican border that receive more than one hundred frosts a year. He is the owner and sole employee of Arizona Revegetation & Monitoring Co., which specializes in native grass restoration projects and native seed sales. Jim can often be found at local watering holes playing the mandolin.
Other publications by Jim include Just Add Water – The Realistic Guide to the Land, Landscaping, and Gardening in The Higher Elevations of the Great Southwest.