Marti grew up near the banks of the Erie Canal, in Western New York State. Following her Maize and Blue college years, she met Tom, and they’ve been happily married for 32 years.

She taught middle school math for several years, then stayed at home with their two young sons. As the boys grew up, she took on the position of media and communications director at a local church, where she has worked for the past 18 years.

Marti’s love of nature and aversion to “store-bought” fits like a glove the inspiration behind Burh Becc at Beacon Springs and the the Living Building Challenge. To take only what is needed and what nature so abundantly provides, and to return nourishment to the land, will be a lifelong dream come true.

Marti says, “As I read about permaculture and perennial polyculture, I’m learning that sustainable farming is all about growing soil. I look forward to growing soil at Beacon Springs: literally, on the worn out and badly used land, and figuratively, in our home, fostering abundant and joyful life for all who visit, and sharing what we learn to help lead the charge toward responsible food production and sustainable building and living.”