A fourth generation Oregon native, Abel is well acquainted with the forests, fields, and people of the Pacific Northwest where he has farmed, tended land, and indulged in the culture for many years. Abel has been Aprovecho’s Land Steward since 2006. He is a part-time director and teacher of the Adult Education programs. Together with his wife Tao Orion, he directs the Ethnoecology and Agricultural Traditions project. Abel has a B.S. degree in Land Stewardship for Sustainable Communities from Humboldt State University.
Tao grew up in Santa Cruz, CA and graduated from UC Santa Cruz majoring in Environmental Studies with a focus on Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture. She participated in the 2001 Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture at the UC Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems. She was inspired to learn more about integrated systems and completed a Permaculture Design Course at Crystal Waters Ecovillage in Australia in 2002. After managing two organic farms in New Mexico and the garden at Aprovecho, she is currently helping create and maintain the perennial landscape and water harvesting system, as well as helping to coordinate the adult education programs and serving on the steering committee. She loves hiking, hot springs, swimming in wild waters, food preparation a la Nourishing Traditions, and planting perennial polycultures.
Director, Natural Building Programs
Chris comes from a family of teachers, bricklayers and biologists. In 2004 he graduated from Montana State University with honors achieving a B.S. in Ecology and Evolution. During this time he began his studies of woodcraft, round-pole joinery, small dwellings, and urban ecology. Chris first came to Aprovecho in 2005 and has served the organization in the sustainable forestry and building departments. In addition to his administrative tasks, he coordinates the Natural Building Programs at Aprovecho, specifically the Natural Building Practicum and the Sustainable Shelter Workshop Series. Chris is also a member of the Steering Committee.
|| Rosemary Kirincic ||
Sustainable Living Skills Co-Director
After her time as an activist on the streets of New York City attending NYU for a photography degree, Rosemary Kirincic came to Aprovecho in 2006 to attend the Sustainable Living Skills program. Soon after Rosie became a co-directer and steering committee member of Aprovecho as well as outreach coordinator for the Sustainable Living Skills program. During her time at Aprovecho she has organized school groups and events as well as taught bread baking, soap-making, wine making and consensus building among other things. She lives and works at Aprovecho with her partner Chris Foraker and their daughter Raven. Rosie loves local foods and her greater community of Cottage Grove.
Mike was born in Roseburg Oregon. He received a BS from Willamette University in 1992. In 1997 he attended the Sustainable Living Skills Internship at Aprovecho. There he discovered the world of Appropriate Technology and found his life work. Since then he has been building improved cook stoves and conducting trainings in many resource deprived parts of the world. At home he is the international projects coordinator for the Aprovecho Research Center and teaches classes at Aprovecho on a wide range of appropriate technology subjects, including improved cook and heating stoves, composting toilets, solar and wood heated hot water systems, small scale hydroelectricity, bio diesel production and vegetable oil conversions….to name a few.
|| Matthew Hall ||
Forestry Consultant / Instructor
Matthew James Hall was born in England in 1957. He started full time work in the forest in 1974 at the age of 16. In 1981 he graduated from Newton Rigg, Cumbria College of Agriculture and Forestry with a National Diploma in Forestry. After working in conventional forestry and urban forestry Matthew moved to Aprovecho in 1991 in search of a more ethical and sustainable life, becoming the forestry instructor and Forest Manager. Since then he has specialized in managing the forests of small landowners including selective thinning in cooperation with a horse logger, on-site milling of logs into building lumber, creation of stewardship plans, hazardous-tree removal, tree planting and non-native weed removal. Matthew currently works full time as the Crew Leader for Kennedy Alternative High School’s Conservation Corps performing environmental restoration projects with crews of at-risk youth. He is part of Aprovecho’s adjunct faculty.
Steve Baker hails from Santa Cruz, California. After studying Philosophy of Science in University he traveled to NZ for a year to get a practical education through traveling, apprenticing, chefing, and farming. There he got his permaculture design certificate and formed a great foundation in living with the land and learning how to build and manage a farming homestead. Following this good start he worked on many farms in the Pacific NW studying permaculture, natural building, herbology, and cooking. He has built a cob oven, straw clay cabin, ran a CSA, co-managed a farm, built gardens, consulted for agriculture projects and connected with many great folks doing amazing work. Steve is especially passionate about food production and food preparation. His niche is the educating and promoting of the food-garden connection. He has a background in the classical European culinary tradition and blends that with ecological gardening, whole foods nutritional cooking, herbal medicine, and alternative crop production. Steve has been growing and preserving the majority of his food for the past 4 years. He has an extensive collection of books he uses to study culinary arts and preserving techniques from around the world. Fermentation is another preservation and nutritional modality Steve uses to make art and food. As garden Manager Steve manages the intensive greenhouse system, the poultry rotational grazing system, and the Aquaculture Greenhouse system. He uses no-till ecological agriculture methods, along with soil-food-web philosophy.
Jeremy first became involved with the organization as an intern in 2000. He was hired on to the staff in 2003 as an instructor and progressed into an administrative role over the following years. Jeremy brings to the table his prior experience in small business operations, management, facilitation, graphic design, and video production. Together with his wife Rachel, he developed the KIDS Program and curriculum. Jeremy currently sits on Aprovecho’s steering committee as a co-director.