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 became a self-taught graphic designer, doing document and web design for nearly 30 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 Living Building Challenge. To take only what is needed and what nature so abundantly provides, and to return nourishment to the land, is a lifelong dream come true.

Marti says, “I’m learning that regenerative farming and habitat restoration is so much 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 land management and sustainable building and living.”