I am a student of environmental stewardship and striving everyday to learn more about how I can be a part of the movement to search for our place as humans beside the animals that have occupied Earth far longer then we have. I enjoy envisioning a future that utilizes modern technology and embraces the natural world in such a way that it builds our character to become stewards, seek peace within our culture to minimize economical gain and focus on internal development.
My career as a DV/SA Social Worker/Admin ended with a car accident, and then being struck by a car 2 years later, as a pedestrian. Lifelong environmentalist and social justice activist. Currently severely disabled, but active on citizen boards and commissions with Metro and City of Beaverton. Former Co-Chair of Unite Oregon Washington County Leadership Council.
Inspired by regenerative farming practices that bring to life the true character of a distinct site, Kris shepherds some of the nation’s first Biodynamic(R) certified Mencia, Godello, and Albarino–fantastic additions to the diverse portfolio that Oregon’s terroir has to offer. After studying Applied Biodyamics in New Zealand, she co-founded Analemma Wines in 2010 and found her home and heart in the Mosier Hills of the Columbia Gorge. Kris is dedicated to a vision of diversified farming and defines herself by a deep connection to the land and community she is cultivating.
We, Sharon Abreu and Michael Hurwicz, are musicians, singer-songwriters and environmental educators living together on Orcas Island for 22 years. In 2002, we started Irthlingz Arts-Based Environmental Education 501(c)(3) to engage, inspire and empower people to become active stewards of the Earth. Most recently, we’ve been working to highlight the connection between war/peace and environmental issues, in particular the climate crisis.