In Their Own Words

My work at OAEC:

My primary job at OAEC is executing landscape projects throughout our land. The work is very physical and varies quite a bit; it can be anything from cutting down trees to creating perennial beds to building trellises.

As the IT Manager, I do all the work to maintain and upgrade our computers and network system.

My background:

I am from Isle of Palms, an island right beside Charleston, South Carolina. My friends and I loved computer games, and we grew up spending  years building and tinkering with computers for fun. After school I worked at a fine dining restaurant for years and learned about high quality cooking. This led me to question where our food comes from, and in the beginning of 2007 I moved to Acorn Community. Acorn runs Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, an heirloom, organic seed company. I lived there for over 5 years where I learned about gardening and farming, and went on to become the orchard and poultry manager. In 2013, I moved to Sonoma County and became the manager at Foxhole Farms. After that I got the opportunity to become a resident at OAEC and began my work here.

What community means to me:

The network of people closest to us where we synergistically seek to attain as many of our needs and wants as possible.

When my life is over, I want to be remembered for:

Exemplifying virtuous living.


Andros in Utah

Andros in Utah

Why my work matters:

My work matters because I help to support and strengthen the systems at OAEC, from which our various programs progress.

My passions:

I’m very passionate about the outdoors. I love going on adventures in nature and I love all work involving ecological stewardship. I’m also passionate about developing local community networks because I believe in empowering ourselves to become as free and decentralized as possible. I’m also very passionate about music. I’ve been playing music since I was 12 and play bass guitar in a funky rock band.

My favorite resiliency resource:

True Tao

The secret to life is to:

To learn that relative perspective is everything, and you can choose to see truth as positively as you want.