Last Chance – 2018 Board Applications

We are accepting Board of Director applications for one more day! 

The Board of Directors are volunteers who provide leadership to The Landerholmstead as it transitions from a newly formed organization into a sustainable nationwide entity. Currently, our Board is run by the Three Founders. We are adding 5-6 new volunteers, and have already made 2 offers. The 2018 Board will be announced in April.

You can Apply Online. Please Contact Us if you have any questions regarding the application or would like to know about other volunteer opportunities.

It is especially helpful to have volunteers with skills in the following areas:

  • Finance/Accounting
  • Administration/Management
  • Marketing
  • Community Service
  • Program Evaluation
  • Education/Instruction
  • Grant Writing
  • Outreach/Advocacy
  • Personnel/Human Resources
  • Nonprofit Experience
  • Permaculture
  • Policy Development
  • Public Relations/Communication
  • Special Events
  • Fundraising
  • Homesteading

Thank you for considering! Please share with your friends.  If you miss the deadline, don’t fret! We will continue to accept applications on a rolling basis so that we can fill vacant seats as they arise.


© The Landerholmstead, 2018.

We’re Official!

After months of fervent work, The Landerholmstead became Incorporated as a Washington State nonprofit on March 8, 2017!

Here’s an excerpt from our Articles of Incorporation:

“The specific purpose of the Corporation is to develop self-sufficient, alternative housing operations which offer homes, work, natural resources, and food to any individual willing to contribute to the functionality of the homestead: such as students, travelers, and formerly homeless… By developing productive community farms, the Corporation serves both global and local communities.”

This momentous juncture means we have attained the legitimacy we need to delve into our mission and serve our community. It also means we are one huge step closer to federal nonprofit designation from the IRS! Their process is lengthy and expensive, so we are using this exciting time to finalize infrastructure and governing documents before applying for 501(c)3 status.

We are committed to an organizational structure that reflects our values, which means shared power at every level. Even the Board of Directors has representation from our membership, a non-traditional structure that we are proud to pioneer.

Currently we are seeking interested persons to fill Board of Director roles and mid-level management. Applications can be found here:

Both are volunteer positions, and time commitments vary depending on the role (generally less than 10 hours/month to start). Management will have paid positions in the future, however – as a startup and a nonprofit – we will not be able to offer retroactive pay. These positions can be performed remotely if you are not near Seattle!

If interested, please fill out an application (in the links above) and email to: landerholmstead@gmail.com. We are happy to answer any questions about specific positions (or anything else!) if you contact us here.

We expect to begin accepting members by January 2018, and introductory membership will be free! 


© The Landerholmstead, 2017.

Climate Change: Why We Care

The Landerholmstead’s main purpose is to provide self-sufficient, sustainable housing communities for people in need. Our dream is to design a site where crops and livestock are in abundance, where the soil is fertile, and the people who live on it have access to healthy, clean food and water.

climate-3But there’s one thing that can make it a lot harder for us to achieve these goals in the future: the imminent threat of climate change.

To say that climate change isn’t as bad as people make it out to be, or even that it’s a hoax, is a dangerous and irresponsible way of thinking. Our world is heating up each and every month and each heat record will break the one that precedes it. The arctic region just saw its second-lowest summer ice levels ever recorded. These things are happening right before our eyes.

Some more facts:

  • The world just passed its threshold for CO2 emissions – over 400 PPM – and it’s likely we’ll never see emissions below that in our lifetime.
  • Methane and ethane emissions by oil and gas have had a dramatic increase since fracking (hydraulic fracturing) became a popular way to obtain gas. These emissions negatively affect air quality and can destabilize the climate.
  • The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) is actually allowing oil and gas companies to dump their fracking waste into the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Oil pipelines are leaking into our water.
  • Experts say the world only has 17 years to transition to renewable energy before we start to see devastating effects.

These are just some of the many consequences we have brought on by allowing oil and gas companies to continue their harmful practices. Climate change is a scary, real and persistent threat that we, and only we, can interrupt. While our presidential nominees either promote dangerous practices like fracking or even deny climate change altogether,climate-2 we have to take action at a local level. Vote into office people who care about our world and our environment; call your local politicians and voice your concerns about your environment and ask them to oppose fracking and other destructive operations; condemn the fossil fuel companies and demand a transition to clean, renewable energy; stand with our brothers and sisters fighting to stop dangerous pipelines, like those brave people protesting against the Dakota Access Pipeline; raise your voice when you hear someone say climate change isn’t a threat; even sign that Facebook petition you see people share.

If each and every one of us commits to a healthier, safer world, we can reverse climate change and save our planet for generations to come.

We depend on nature. We need nature to survive. The Landerholmstead cannot and will not thrive with a contaminated and damaged Mother Earth. We need not only to care about climate change; we need to act on it.

And we need to start now.


© THE LANDERHOLMSTEAD, 2016.

Welcome to the Landerholmstead

Welcome! If youre reading this, it means you are officially a part of a movement* to make the world a better place, one community at a time.

This movement is known as The Landerholmstead: a self-sufficient, alternative housing operation that offers homes to any individuals willing to contribute to the functionality of the homestead; individuals like students, homeless (including the outcast LGBTQIA youth), formerly incarcerated citizens re-entering society, immigrants, and anyone who wishes to live an alternative lifestyle.

We pledge to “utilize sustainable, natural practices fueled by permaculture philosophies to explore alternative living solutions and behavioral changes that encourage a resilient future for people and the environment.Learn the whole story.

This is what were working toward, and we have a lot of work to do before we get there. Rome wasnt built in a day, and a self-sustaining homestead definitely wont be either. Nonetheless, we are so excited to finally show all of you what were doing and why were passionate about it. Whos weyou ask?

Rebeccah Landerholm – Chief Executive Officer

rebeccah-landerholmRebeccah is from Seattle, Wa. and comes from a family of farmers and doctors. She studied professional writing, geography, and meteorology at Kutztown University before moving to Florida, where she worked as a Business Office Manager for a senior living nonprofit. Currently, she studies at Bastyr University in Kenmore, Wa., where she has already received her Permaculture Design Certificate. Rebeccah manages the cultivation, culinary, and design departments of the Landerholmstead.

Oliver Smith – Chief Operating Officer
Oliver Smith

Oliver was born in Essex and raised in Gettysburg, Pa. He received his B.S. in Electronic Media and a minor in business at Kutztown University. Oliver works as a Studio Op Associate at Amazon. In his free time, he streams on Twitch. Give him a follow! Oliver manages the maintenance department.

Dillon Stickle – Executive Administrator

dillonstickle_300xDillon is from Bethlehem, Pa. and attended Kutztown University where he studied professional writing. He went on to become a marketing coordinator for a historical nonprofit and eventually to work at a national healthcare magazine as an editorial assistant. Dillon has a strong passion for animals, the environment, and holistic practices and plans on extending his education toward those fields. He manages the animal, wellness, and administrative departments.

Each one of us wants to help make a difference; so we decided to do it together. The Landerholmstead is inspired by a natural compulsion to help save the planet, empower other people, and create a global community in which we all work together as a community rather than separate beings. We hope you follow our journey to creating our first, and most certainly not last, homestead to see our dreams turn to reality.

Be sure to catch our future blog posts where we will discuss things like agriculture, sustainability, tips and instructions, social philosophies and more. Well also give you the scoop on the The Landerholmsteads progress.

Thanks for reading. Be sure to give us a follow on Facebook. We’re excited for you to be a part of our destiny!


*While we are not yet an established corporation/nonprofit we will refer to our purpose as a movement. Here is our timeline for our goal of nonprofit status:
  • Established as a corporation in WA state – December 2016
  • Apply for IRS 501(c)3 exemption to gain nonprofit corporation status – March 2017

© The Landerholmstead, 2016.