Our Organizational Team
Living Lands Board of Directors
Leo is our senior farmer and co-creator of Living Lands. He brings his experience as an independent business owner, commercial contractor, mentor and educator. Leo is a central force behind Living Lands, donating hundreds of hours each year to help build farm infrastructure, mentor new farmers, and build community partnerships.
Maisie is co-owner of Soil Sisters, a women’s farming collaborative. She is a co-creator of Living Lands and brings her expertise in communication skills and conflict resolution to the organization.
Tim Van Wagner
Tim is owner of First Rain Farm, and one of the co-creators of Living Lands. He received a self-designed degree in Environment, Society, and Design at Pitzer College, of the Claremont Consortium. Tim serves as the President of the Board.
Willow, born and raised in Nevada City, is co-owner of Soil Sisters, a women’s farming collaborative. She is a graduate of the UC Santa Cruz Farming Apprenticeship Program, and serves as the Treasurer for Living Lands.
Rachel Berry, MA
Rachel brings more than ten years of experience in program and non-profit management. Her areas of focus include health, wellness and the environment. She holds a Master of Arts in Health Psychology with an emphasis in Public Health. She most recently came from The Regenerative Design Institute, a sustainable living educational center in Bolinas, where she worked closely with Penny Livingston and James Stark in the development of this non-profit educational center.
Advisors & Contributors to Living Lands
Brian & Mary Ekiss, Franchisors and Entrepreneurs
David Franco, CPA
John Lorance, Website and Software Engineer
Joy Calhoun, Bookkeeper
Tom Mooers, Executive Director, Sierra Watch
Shan Kendall, Nutrition Educator
Steven & Kresida Smith, Business Owners
Live Healthy Nevada County
Grant Funding Provided By
The Briar Patch Co-op Community Market (2009 – 2010)
The Flow Fund (2011)
Nevada County, Community Initiative Fund (2011)
The Rose Foundation (2009 – 2011)
Sierra Watch (2009)