Crawford County, Wisconsin • [Email] • [Call]

Fervent generalist, a lover of ecology
and appreciator of traditional processes.

Work Examples

Experience Snapshot

Adobe Creative Suite

InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, Lightroom, Premiere


Offset Sheetfed Printing, Letterpress Printing, Die Cutting, Digital Printing, Bindery, and Machine Repair


Botanical, Ecological, Product and Portrait Photography, Digital & Multi-format Film, Video Capture and Editing, Digital Asset Management (DAM)

Layout & Design

Print ads, POS, labeling, social and website assets, email marketing, catalogs, signage, illustration and prepress

Native Plants

Native plant identification, seed and specimen collection, foundation seed sales, native plant production grower, organically oriented habitat restoration


Generalist ecology and curiosity, citizen science, organic gardening, ex-beekeeper, environmental advocacy


Northwest Illinois Audubon Society (Since 2008)
The Prairie Enthusiasts (2016-2017)


Columbia College ChicagoBA in Art/Photo (2006 with honors)

Detailed History

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Dan Barron
Crawford County, Wisconsin  •  [Email]  •  [Call]

Through much of my adult life, and a good portion of childhood, I have worked in small print shops, cementing my appreciation for customer service, deliberate processes and a high quality finished product.

Over the past decade I have come to recognize a strong tie with the natural world, starting with birding and gardening, but growing into all aspects of ecology, most notably native plants and insects.

I seek interesting and meaningful work, in a cooperative environment that fosters fairness and respect, deliberate processes and personal growth.

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Adobe Creative Suite
InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, Lightroom, Premiere

Digital and Film Capture to 4x5", Event, Food, Documentary, Lifestyle, Nature, Photojournalism, Portraiture, 4K Video

Printing and Print Finishing
Offset to 25x19", Letterpress to 20x14", finishing and bindery to 25x19"

Microsoft Excel, Lightspeed Retail (POS), Mailchimp, Pics.io (Digital Asset Management), Widen (Digital Asset Management), WooCommerce, WordPress, Workamajig 

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Recent Work Experience (2013 to present)

Creative Associate
Maple Valley Cooperative - Cashton, WI
February 2020 to Present

• Marketing and labeling design
• Website and social media assets
• Product and food photography
• Digital asset management (DAM)
• Email marketing (MailChimp)
• Video capture and editing
• WordPress/WooCommerce

Owner/Producer, Seed Collector
BeeWise Native Plants - Steuben, WI
January 2018 to Present

• Native seed collection and seed packets
• Native plant propagation and sales
• Native plant flash cards and educational materials
• Ecological photography and video
• Letterpress printing
• Origin specific native seed packets
• Etsy, WordPress/WooCommerce

Production Designer
Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative - Cashton, WI
October 2017 to April 2020

• Marketing design
• Product and food photography
• Digital asset management (DAM)
• Print/Command Workstation
• Workamajig

Print Designer, Sales and Consulting
Prairie Moon Nursery - Winona, MN

• July 2013 to December 2017
• Print and digital design
• Catalog layout
• Established in-house seed packet printing
• Product and nature photography
• Website and social media assets
• Native plant consultation
• Custom seed mixes

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Printing production (2003 to 2013)

Press Operator, Prepress and Bindery
Freeport Press, Inc - Freeport, IL
April 2007 to July 2013

• Press operator (Heidelberg KORD, AB Dick, Multi, Miehle V-50)
• Bindery (Baum, MBO, Rosback, Dexter, etc.)
• Prepress (film, stripping, plate making)
• Layout (customer design, press-ready)
• Customer service and shipping

Flywheel Letterpress - Freeport, IL
January 2006 to July 2013

• Press operator (Heidelberg, C&P, Miehle, Kluge)
• Handset type, cuts
• Digital design (magnesium engravings)
• Special finishing and bindery
• Consulting and customer service		

Press Operator
Alpha Graphics - Chicago, IL
October 2003 to April 2007

• Press operator (Heidelberg PM/QM)
• Platemaking (DPM)
• Bindery (Baum, Morgana, etc)
• Digital print engines

Bindery and Delivery
Freeport Press, Inc - Freeport, IL
1998 to 2003

• Bindery (Baum, MBO, Rosback, Dexter, etc.)
• Delivery and shipping
• Press operator (AB Dick)

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BA in Art/Photography
Columbia College Chicago
Graduated in 2006 with honors

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Newsletter editor, graphic design, land stewardship
Northwest Illinois Audubon Society – Freeport, IL
2008 to Present

Newsletter layout
The Prairie Enthusiasts – Viroqua, WI
2006 to 2007

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• General ecology
• Native plants and botany
• Printing
• Birding
• Insects
• Gardening
• Drawing
• Antique machine restoration
• Film photography
• Woodworking


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