New Board Member: Michaella Woo

We are excited to share that our Board of Directors continues to grow with the addition of Michaella Woo (she/her). Michaella was inducted at our Q3 meeting in 2021 as a General Board Member.

Michaella lives in Seattle, after moving back from Las Vegas in 2019. She obtained a Business Management degree from Western Washington University and currently works as a Program Manager for Amazon’s WW Customer Service Organization. She enjoys being active and spending time in the backcountry exploring nature and sharing those adventures on YouTube. Michaella is passionate about helping others grow personally and professionally, and spending time with family and friends.

You can learn more about Michaella on her Instagram or Youtube.

The Board of Directors accept rolling applications and review them as they are received. Our minimum number of Directors is 3, and we have no maximum number. If you are interested in volunteering your time on the Board, please Contact Us or fill out our Online Application.

People of Color and Unpaid/Underpaid Labor

This Labor Day, Revive EcoVillage calls attention to the unpaid or underpaid labor contributed by people of color throughout American history. The progress of every sector of the American economy and culture has been greatly influenced by this labor: some willing, but often coerced or forced. 

First, please visit our Land Acknowledgement and internalize that none of the progress allowed by the following laborers would be possible without access to the land and resources which were stolen from Native Americans. The genocide (literal and cultural) of our First People is the proverbial block which our country has been built upon. Find whose land you are on and then learn more about how you can support them.


Learn

The following are a list of unpaid/underpaid laborers in the US whom we have historically benefited from and whose labor we continue to benefit from today. Each example includes links to learn more from people and organizations far more qualified to educate you on the respective topic (as well as some causes you can support). In no way is this list comprehensive of every demographic which deserves recognition for their labor, neither are the listed organizations the only ones deserving of our patronage… Please feel free to leave supplementary insight in the comments for us and for others to continue our learning.

People of color are disproportionately likely to be in more physically demanding jobs and service positions where they do not receive fair compensation (as compared to white counterparts in these positions). It is also worth mentioning the intersectionality of the wage gap: women of color are the most disproportionately affected, earning less than both their male counterparts and white counterparts. Latina women are the most impacted by the racial/gender wage gap, earning just 55 cents to each dollar that their white male counterparts earn.

Additionally, the income gap is not the only financial factor that continues to oppress people of color in the US: inequity is also perpetuated by wealth, which is accumulated/saved rather than earned income. As illustrated in the earlier examples, generations of BIPOC in our country have lost income: accumulating into lost wealth for their descendants who are alive today.  “The typical White family has eight times the wealth of the typical Black family and five times the wealth of the typical Hispanic family.” Even with controls for types of worker, education level, etc., these discrepancies persist. “After controlling for age, gender, education, and region, black workers are paid 14.9% less than white workers.” If you’re a more visual learner, visit Vox’s piece: America’s yawning racial wealth gap, explained in 9 charts.

Source: Federal Reserve Board, 2019 Survey of Consumer Finances. Notes: Figures displays median (top panel) and mean (bottom panel) wealth by race and ethnicity, expressed in thousands of 2019 dollars.


Reflect

The collective labor of these peoples – both physical and emotional – allows for many of the comforts, services, and products that we now enjoy. We cannot separate these facts by enjoying these comforts, etc. without acknowledging how we got to where we are. Therefore, it is our duty as Americans to begin with a simple acknowledgement: gratefulness, understanding, and truth-telling in our histories. From there, we must dig deeper to ask ourselves where these inequities persist today. Whose modern labor do we continue to benefit from? How can we support them? In what ways can we give back? Perhaps most importantly, what progressive actions can we take today to swing the pendulum in their favor – to pay back these laborers and their descendents – physically and emotionally – for all they have given this country?

If I felt I had solid answers to these questions, I would profess them here. Alas, correcting inequities is never so simple. The work, therefore, must be constant and consistent. At Revive, we strive for this in every way: from representation to support services for the unhoused (who are also disproportionately people of color) to having conversations like these. This is not to say we are perfect or experts or doing everything right – but none of those are the point. This work is not for us to feel “right,” but for us to do what is right. If you are interested in joining us on our expedition to do what is right, please consider donating or volunteering with our organization. If this post piqued your interest about related organizations and efforts, please consider donating or volunteering with them as a way to take action and express gratitude for the unpaid laborers who have made your way of life possible.


Additional Resources for Giving Back to BIPOC Laborers:

What other resources do you know? What BIPOC-owned shops do you love?

Please send them to us or comment on this post so we can continue the conversation and work together for a more equitable future.


Welcome Jenn Miranda to the Board!

We are pleased to announce the addition of another voice to our Board of Directors: Jenn Miranda. Jenn was inducted at our Q1 meeting in 2021 as a General Board Member.

Jenn is an amateur farmer, plant lover, and mental wealth enthusiast. As a mindfulness mentor and certified yoga/meditation instructor, Jenn is on a mission to help others enhance the quality of their lives. Her passion for sustainability not only of the health and happiness of others but also of the planet are her driving force for being part of Revive EcoVillage.

You can learn more about Jenn on her Instagram or Website.

The Board of Directors accept rolling applications and review them as they are received. Our minimum number of Directors is 3, and we have no maximum number. If you are interested in volunteering your time on the Board, please Contact Us or fill out our Online Application.

Meet Revive EcoVillage

The last year has been one of such growth for us! Our Board has grown, our purpose is renewed, and many big changes are coming: starting with our name.

The original name, The Landerholmstead, was dreamt up in a class at Bastyr University when I (Rebeccah) first started putting pen to paper regarding this unusual idea. I envisioned a self-sufficient farm with just my family, but the vision grew as I learned about permaculture and reflected on my deepest, sincerest wishes for our region. The marriage of a permaculture site and a charity tackling homelessness simply made sense. So I shared the idea, found support in those closest to me, and soon formed the Board of Directors.

Fast forward half a decade. As the business gained more support, I started to feel like the name was incongruent with our work… while catchy, straightforward, and of course a nod to my ancestors, the name was inherently ego-driven: one naming my family and making us seem like a central part of the organization. While I’ll always be the dreamer who came up with this plan, my hope for our organization is that we blossom into a force for positive change. We are not a private Foundation funded by my family; we are a state nonprofit (hopefully soon a federal one). Any focus on one individual or family isn’t consistent with what I want to help build.

While this idea milled around my head, I had a difficult but vital conversation with a number of Indigenous persons, where I learned that the word “homestead” itself can be harmful to them and their communities. The Homestead Act of 1862 gave stolen Indigenous land away to white farmers, and most of this land has never been returned to the communities that were forced off of it. This Act is just one example among many of atrocities towards Indigenous people associated with this word. That conversation sealed the deal for us – we needed a name change that would not trigger such harmful associations for Indigenous people.

The Board thoughtfully went through an evaluation process together where we considered dozens of options, variations, and phrases and how we perceived them individually or collectively. We settled on the name Revive EcoVillage, and we hope that it conveys the same sense of powerful hope to you as it did to us. Our name change must be filed with the state before it takes legal effect, and once we have that confirmation from the State of Washington you’ll be able to find it on our Public Documents page.

I’m proud to retire the name The Landerholmstead, which served us well in our beginning but no longer suits who we want to be. And as I alluded in the beginning of this post, this is just one of many major upheavals and announcements we’re excited to bring to the public in the coming months. Thank you for your support thus far and for continuing to join us on our journey!

Welcome Our New Board Member!

Our ever-expanding Board has grown once more, and we are proud to welcome Jordyne Perry as a General Board Member. Learn about the entire Board of Directors here.

Jordyne Perry (General BOARD Member)

Jordyne is a Washingtonian, born and raised. She has worked with children since she was a child herself and feels that children are our greatest treasures. She also believes in fighting for social justice and there is no better place to start than with our children. She has worked in childcare for the last 10 years as a nanny, para educator and preschool teacher. She spends her free time with family and friends and spends hours online looking for dogs to adopt and speaking up for BIPOC.

Jordyne was voted in to the Board during our Q4 meeting October 14, 2020, and she will be inducted at our Q1 meeting in 2021.

Welcome Jordyne!

Board Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. Please Apply Online or Contact Us for more information

Juneteenth / Black Lives Matter / Our Commitment to Equity

On this Juneteenth, 2020, it feels especially important to write on our support of Black Lives Matter and the worldwide protests for racial equity. We are proud of our organization’s commitment to equity, but we simultaneously admit that we can always learn more and do better.

Here’s a quick snapshot of some things we are proud of:

  • One of our primary goals – Care of People. This means all people. Permaculture is most needed for the downtrodden. Our greatest impact will (hopefully) be on those who are most vulnerable.
  • Diversity of those we serve (people of color are disproportionately affected by homelessness)
  • Diversity of our leadership (including people of color, women, GLBTQ, and differently-abled)
  • Anti-Discrimination Declaration – this was created with our initial policies in 2016. It is a living document/work in progress that can always be improved, but it is foundational in our processes. When our policies are approved by the Board they will be published on our site: if you would like to read the Declaration in the meantime please Contact Us to receive a copy.
  • Indigenous leaders will be involved in our homestead development. Their history and representation will be woven into our design plans. We will pay “Real Rent” to the Duwamish people (assuming we are on Duwamish land) for the duration of our time on their land.

And here’s a snapshot of some ideas to help us better support our BIPOC community:

  • While our leadership is diverse, we can still improve. Roughly 70% of our Board identify as white, which is reflective of the demographic in Washington state (80% white). That being said, we can always diversify to strengthen and provide more perspectives. Indigenous representation in particular would be ideal and we will seek to expand in this direction.
  • The Board will discuss our support of Black Lives Matter at our Q2 meeting in July, with a focus on what more we can be doing. How can we further diversify? Should we create a committee to focus on this? Should we use consultants? 
  • I am committed to us finding a path for reparations within our policies. I do not know what this looks like yet, I just know that it is important and needed. The Board will weigh in on this and we will develop reparative justice policies as we continue to build our organizational framework. Reparations will be a part of our homestead from the start.

If you’re curious why (or concerned that) we haven’t spoken up specifically about Black Lives Matter before this moment, I will admit that I needed time – as a non-black person who is President of the Board – to find the right words. If you know me personally, you know I speak without abandon on my personal social media accounts, but speaking up on a business account is different. Yes, we stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter, but what does that mean? What do we do that helps their cause? What do we have to learn? What do we need to do better? How do we speak up without our words being empty?

I must also acknowledge that as an aspiring 501(c)(3) we have to be careful about what we say: it is illegal for this kind of organization to speak out politically. We are not permitted to advocate for legislative measures or politicians that support Black Lives Matter’s agendas as that crosses into political territory. That being said, Black Lives Matter itself and the movement around it is not a political statement – it’s about people, equity, and justice.


By Rebeccah Landerholm

 

 

© THE LANDERHOLMSTEAD, 2020

Easy Caramelized Turnips (3 Ingredients!)

I fell in love with turnips when we tried our first CSA: I would never have purchased or cooked them otherwise, but now they are a delicious and inexpensive family favorite! I find they shine best with minimal flavoring and hard/hot cooking. Don’t cut the tops off – that’s an important and scrumptious part of this easy recipe. ~ Rebeccah

3-Ingredient Caramelized Turnips

(Vegan, Gluten Free Option)
Time: 10-20 Minutes                      Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • One Bundle Turnips (greens on)
  • 1 tsp Coconut Oil
  • Soy Sauce (or Tamari for Gluten Free)

Instructions:

  • Preheat a well-seasoned cast iron skillet on medium-high heat (non-stick is less ideal but will work). Add coconut oil and swirl to coat.
  • Chop some of the greens off of the turnips, leaving about 3-4 inches attached to the root
  • Halve the turnips (if you have really large ones, quarter them)
  • Place them cut-side-down in the hot cast iron. Press each lightly with a fork for a few seconds to ensure a good sear. Sprinkle with salt.
  • Cook 5-15 minutes (depending on the size), flipping once, until just barely fork tender. Lower the heat to medium if they are burning or splash a little water in the pan.
  • Remove from heat and drizzle with soy sauce (or Tamari). Shimmy pan to coat well.
  • Serve!

Feel free to comment if you try this recipe – let us know what you think.


By Rebeccah Landerholm

 

 

 

 

 

© THE LANDERHOLMSTEAD, 2020

Welcome our New Treasurer!

We are pleased to announce that we are welcoming a new Treasurer to the Board: Mathew Martello. Learn about the entire Board of Directors here.

Mathew Martello, BS (Treasurer of the Board)

Matt lives in the Norristown, PA area. He graduated from Kutztown University in 2013 with a B.S. in Biology: Molecular/Micro/Cell and two Minors in Math and Biochemistry. Matt works as a Scientist testing Varicella Vaccines for Merck in West Point, PA. He loves math and science and tries to apply them in his everyday life. “There are so many amazing things that I enjoy in this world because of the science and math behind them.” In Matt’s free time he likes to exercise, travel, read, bartend, give back to the community, spend time with friends/family, and play chess. Matt was voted in to the Board during our Q2 meeting April 22, 2020, and he will be inducted at our Q3 meeting July 15, 2020.

Welcome Mathew!

While we have no open positions at the moment, Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Please Apply Online or Contact Us for more information.


© THE LANDERHOLMSTEAD, 2020

Canned Food Recipe ~ Chipotle Pumpkin Soup

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Some of you are recently quarantined due to the coronavirus, others have been isolated for weeks. You may be running out of food ideas or getting bored of the same familiar recipes from your dwindling pantry supply: we’re here to help! While COVID-19 is serious and changing every aspect of our lives, it is also bringing a handful of silver linings, like more people being permitted to work from home. For me, this means a few more hours a day to do the things I enjoy, including cooking and writing.

This particular recipe for Chipotle Pumpkin & Coconut Soup takes mere minutes to prepare while being incredibly tasty and nutritious. And if you’re like me, you always have a can or two of pureed pumpkin lingering around, no matter the season.

I hope you enjoy this recipe and the others I will churn out while practicing social distancing. I hope you are well and that you stay well. I hope this recipe nourishes your body and soul. ~ Rebeccah

Spicy Chipotle Pumpkin Soup

(Vegan and from Canned Ingredients)
Time: 10 minutes                   Serves 4

Ingredients:

Topping Ideas:

  • Greek Yogurt or Sour Cream (to balance the spice)
  • Sesame Oil (or Olive Oil)
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Fresh Rosemary (or any herb! The original recipe called for Green Onions)
  • Croutons for some crunch

Instructions: Ready for this easiness??

  • Add all ingredients (besides toppings) to a blender and blend until smooth
  • Scrape into pot and heat until warmed through
  • Serve with toppings and/or crunchy bread!

Inspired by and Adapted from Rachael Ray Mag’s Pumpkin Soup with Coconut & Curry

Note: Her recipe sounds exceptional! We didn’t have red curry paste at home, hence the adaptation to chipotle. Try one or the other depending on what you have handy.


By Rebeccah Landerholm

© THE LANDERHOLMSTEAD, 2020

Happy 3rd Birthday, Landerholmstead!

Our fledgling nonprofit turned 3 this month. WOW – where has the time gone?! Can we even call it a “fledgling” anymore…? It feels surreal to reflect on all that we have accomplished in our 3 short years, and even more to dream about the (hopefully many) years to come.

In the nonprofit world, of course, things move slowly. These first few years have been essential for establishing our infrastructure, and with much of this work done we are now able to focus significantly more energy on serving the homeless and making moves towards establishing our homestead.

Here are some highlights of our greatest accomplishments during our first years:

And, equally importantly, here are some important goals we hope to accomplish in the upcoming years:

It brings me comfort and pride to consider how methodically and responsibly we have run ourselves thus far, and I look forward to leading this organization into an exciting new chapter in our development.

Happy 3 Years to my fellow Landerholmstead volunteers, supporters, and beneficiaries! Thank you for your donated time and funds, encouragement, and – above all – for your strong belief in our Mission.


By Rebeccah Landerholm

© THE LANDERHOLMSTEAD, 2019