CAITLIN HERLIHY LECK

I grew up in Quincy, Massachusetts; though my family did not engage in overt activism, my parents embodied and instilled progressive values every day.  After graduating from Wesleyan University, I spent five months at the Findhorn Ecovillage in Scotland, where I first learned about permaculture design.

 This initial exposure to permaculture, the study of designing beneficial relationships, opened up a whole new way of viewing the world.  I made my way west and while living in Portland, OR, I took a Permaculture Design Course where I learned about the Bullocks’ Homestead.  I came up to Orcas for a visit and was instantly hooked!

 After 4 years at the Bullocks’, I started an edible landscaping company and helped to found the Orcas Community Participatory Agriculture project.  As a greaser of wheels and fighter of entropy, I am happy as a clam to be a member of the OWC Steering Committee and PACE Action Team.  

 When not creating the conditions for vegetables to happen, I love to row our umiak, hike, hunt for mushrooms, read sci-fi and make dinner with friends.  I live in Eastsound with my husband, Zackarya, and am very proud to have joined my step-daughter, Zora, in the Women’s March on Seattle in January.

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