Happy 3rd Birthday, Landerholmstead!

Our fledgling nonprofit turned 3 this month. WOW – where has the time gone?! Can we even call it a “fledgling” anymore…? It feels surreal to reflect on all that we have accomplished in our 3 short years, and even more to dream about the (hopefully many) years to come.

In the nonprofit world, of course, things move slowly. These first few years have been essential for establishing our infrastructure, and with much of this work done we are now able to focus significantly more energy on serving the homeless and making moves towards establishing our homestead.

Here are some highlights of our greatest accomplishments during our first years:

And, equally importantly, here are some important goals we hope to accomplish in the upcoming years:

It brings me comfort and pride to consider how methodically and responsibly we have run ourselves thus far, and I look forward to leading this organization into an exciting new chapter in our development.

Happy 3 Years to my fellow Landerholmstead volunteers, supporters, and beneficiaries! Thank you for your donated time and funds, encouragement, and – above all – for your strong belief in our Mission.


By Rebeccah Landerholm

© THE LANDERHOLMSTEAD, 2019

Finalized 2018 Board of Directors

We recently inducted our final additions to the 2018 Board: Amelia Herbst and Nick Griffin. Learn about the entire Board of Directors here.

Amelia Herbst, MS, BS (General Board Member)

Amelia Herbst is a clinical psychology doctoral student living in Pennsylvania. Her work and research focuses on adolescent therapy, interpersonal violence, crisis intervention, and community mental health. She uses her work to advocate for mental health needs at the local and state levels. In Amelia’s free time, she enjoys podcasts, gaming, and spending time with friends and family. She was inducted to the Board in May 2018.

Nick Griffin, BA (Director of Membership)

Nick currently lives in Seattle, WA. After leaving active duty in the U.S. Marines in 2009, he studied Sociology at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. He believes holistic approaches at the community level are key to solving much larger issues. Nick works as a Global Security and Intelligence professional and in his free time enjoys being in nature as much as possible. Nick was inducted into the board in May 2018.

In addition to welcoming Amelia and Nick to the Board, Oliver Smith (a Founder) voluntarily resigned from the Board to prevent any actual or implied conflict-of-interest with his wife, Rebeccah Landerholm, who is President of the Board. We are grateful for his contributions to our Incorporation and establishment, and he will continue to serve as an Officer and Manager of the corporation.

Welcome Amelia and Nick!

While we have no open positions at the moment, Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Please Apply Online or Contact Us for more information.


© THE LANDERHOLMSTEAD, 2018

New Board Inductees

Last month, we inducted two of our new Board members: Julia Davis and Mya Kerner. Learn about the entire Board of Directors here.

 

Julia Davis, MSW, BSW (General Board Member) ~

Julia Davis currently resides in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania. Julia received both her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Social Work from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. She is a community builder and advocate for our most vulnerable populations. In her free time Julia enjoys painting, seeking out new experiences, and spending time with family.  Julia was inducted to the Board in May 2018.

 

Mya Kerner, (General Board Member) ~

Originally from Philadelphia, PA, Mya Kerner is a multidisciplinary artist based in Seattle, WA. In 2011, she received a BFA in Interdisciplinary Sculpture and Environmental Design at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD. After moving to Seattle in 2015, she completed a Certificate in Holistic Landscape Design at Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA. Currently, Mya maintains a full-time studio practice in which she responds to her studies in permaculture and ecology. She also runs a small garden design business. Mya was inducted to the Board in May of 2018.

 

Welcome Julia and Mya!

 

While we have no open positions at the moment, Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Please Apply Online or Contact Us for more information.


© THE LANDERHOLMSTEAD, 2018

2018 Board of Directors

We are proud to announce that we are expanding our Board from the 3 Founders to include 6 new Directors. We are staggering their elections to prevent each position becoming vacant simultaneously, and will continue to announce them as they are inducted. Please join us in welcoming our newest Board members!

Steven Garcia, BBA (Treasurer) ~

Steven was born in New York City: the second of three children. He moved to Pennsylvania in 2004 where he went to High School and achieved his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. He has worked in public accounting for several years, for a top 15 Accounting Firm, Baker Tilly. He loves to travel; listen to music; and spend time with his family, friends, and girlfriend. He also enjoy reading books and helping people, even in the smallest ways.

 

Marguerite Humphrey, M.Ed, BA
(General Board Member) ~

Marguerite grew up on a Texas farm but has lived in Seattle for decades. She was a Montessori teacher and administrator for 30 years. After retiring, she pursued Permaculture education at Bastyr University. In addition to serving on the Board, she is The Landerholmstead’s Farm Manager. Marguerite categorizes herself as a lifelong-learner and is curious about all things sustainability. She is a loving and playful gardener, mother, and  grandmother.

Welcome Steven and Marguerite!

While we have no open positions at the moment, Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Please Apply Online or Contact Us for more information.


© THE LANDERHOLMSTEAD, 2018

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.