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Advisory Board


Martha Harris
Earthaven Waterbearer (Treasurer)

Martha Harris was born and raised in Chapel Hill, NC. From her early teens, she was an outspoken feminist, environmentalist, and peace demonstrator. After a career on the staff of the state legislature and then the UNC School of Government, she took early retirement to learn and live cooperative sustainable agriculture at Earthaven Ecovillage.

Chris Farmer
Co-founder of the Forestry Cooperative and ArtiSun Construction

Chris Farmer has been an Earthaven Member since 1997. He is the co-founder of the Forestry Cooperative, the co-founder and co-owner of ArtiSun Construction, and the designer of the Microhut. Chris is also a biochar enthusiast and certified solar energy installer.

Jessica Seiber
Lead Instructor at Wilderness Youth Project

Jessica Sieber possesses an abiding respect for the natural world. She is a Lead Instructor at Wilderness Youth Project where she designs and facilitates nature connection programs for children, teens and adults. Jessica also guides Rites of Passage programs, ropes courses, and youth programs for the The Ojai Foundation. She holds a B.A. in Multicultural Education and has continued to pursue her education through courses offered by the Regenerative Design Institute. Jessica is committed to supporting the strengthening of relationships between people and the natural world so that they both may thrive.

Susan Patrice
Food Security Consultant

Susan Patrice is an activist and food security consultant, award-wining documentary photographer, and communitarian.

Bob Lienhart
Earthaven Bookkeeper

Bob Lienhart has been an Earthaven member and the community's bookkeeper since 2008. He is also a musician and computer expert, with a BS in Computer Science. He has served as treasurer for two homeowners associations and the Colorado Bluegrass Music Society—he was also the CBMS president from 1998 to 2000.

Terry O'Keefe
Economic Development Consultant

Terry O'Keefe is an economic development consultant, a business writer, and a columnist for the Asheville Citizen-Times. He was previously a member of the Sirius Community in Shutesbury, MA.

Mana Vermeulen-McLeod
Ecovillage Education Advocate

Mana Vermeulen-McLeod has been an Earthaven resident and member since 2007. She is an ecovillage education advocate, mother, carpenter, and student advisor for Gaia Education. She has served on the staff at the Southeast Women’s Herbal Conference since 2009, and she facilitates Earthaven's consensus-based Council (bimonthly business meetings).

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Join the homesteads, farms, and businesses of Earthaven Ecovillage for a hands-on, skill-building immersion in sustainable and climate-resilient community life. The learning journey weaves large-group discussions and classes together with intimate hands-on experiences in the village and farms alongside community members.

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