Robin Mittenthal studied biology and Chinese at Carleton College in Minnesota before serving as an agricultural advisor with the Peace Corps in The Gambia, West Africa. In the mid 1990s, Robin returned to the United States and worked as a farmhand and manager on both conventional and organic farms in several states. He earned master of science degrees in Nutrition (Tufts University) and Library and Information Science (University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign). He also completed most but not all of a doctorate in entomology at UW-Madison, exploring the impact of organic fertilizers on both plants and their insect pests. He has worked with K-12 students as both a librarian and teacher and now enjoys helping college students think about local food production, the concept of sustainability and other food-related aspects of health. Mittenthal has travelled in China, speaks rusty Mandarin and reads about Chinese environmental issues when not gardening or working to address the large health disparities that exist in Madison.