Founding Director: Janell Kapoor is an avid mud mama, community organizer, motivational presenter, systems strategist, and designer by nature. Janell is the founding director of Ashevillage, Kleiwerks International, the Whole Earth Summit, and helped launch Permaculture School. Since 1998, she has led hands-on trainings for people from over 52 countries, helping to catalyze permaculture movements amongst hundreds of thousands of people, particularly in Southeast Asia and South America. Janell’s home, the Ashevillage Sanctuary, is a transformed one-acre junk yard and crack house that has become a thriving eco-urban oasis. Janell finds inspiration in people bringing alive their deep heart’s calling with real action, thus joining humanity’s rising for, what she calls, the greatest invitation of our times.
Outreach & Office Manager: Kathryn Blau is a native North Carolinian who earned a B.A. in Anthropology and Environmental Studies at UNC Chapel Hill. Kathryn was volunteer coordinator and public educator with RiverLink and AmeriCorps. One day, she participated in a workshop at Ashevillage and fell in love with the vision and mission, vowing to one day be more involved. A three-year stint in Portland got her hooked on all things gardening, homesteading, herbalism, and permaculture. There she served as an AmeriCorps Team Leader for the Northwest Service Academy’s Ecological Restoration Team. Kathryn thrives on the intersections between nature, culture, and spirituality, and loves bringing these together at Ashevillage.
Hospitality & Program Manager: Quinn Asteak is a sustainable farming enthusiast who is passionate about helping people develop deeper understandings of where their food comes from and how to use it as medicine. Quinn was director of operations and programming at North Brooklyn Farms, an urban farm that transforms vacant lots into productive green spaces to feed, educate, and connect urban dwellers with nature. She also worked with Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, where she ran public programs, gave tours, facilitated corporate events, and taught nutritional cooking classes. She is a certified health coach and motivational presenter. Quinn is excited to bring her multiple passions into one place and path at Ashevillage.
Garden & Site Manager: Kate Hanford is a farmer and a local foods advocate. Passionate about contributing to thriving foods systems, she focuses on creating ecologically and financially viable farm systems. Kate was the Marketing & Production Manager at Growing Power, an international urban farming training center in Wisconsin, where she led sales, mushroom cultivation workshops, year-round vegetable production, and oversaw maintenance of the large-scale vermicompost, compost, and aquaponics systems. Kate was Production Manager at a herb farm, where she tended perennial gardens and co-created a medicinal herbal product line. Kate was recent director of the popular West Asheville Tailgate Market, and is thrilled to be putting her combined experiences into practice at Ashevillage.
Building & Site Manager: Carl Fritschel is a systems designer and builder who came to this work through his study of Architecture at Washington University and the University of Oregon. Carl has since combined his hands-on background in rehabbing old houses with his latest passion in natural building. He also has experience in sustainable agriculture, from large scale organic vegetable production, to co-managing a small scale, hyper-local, neighborhood CSA farm, to cheffing at two farm-to-table restaurants. With a passion for connecting living systems and place making principles, Carl is excited to explore the Permaculture ideal and create solutions for a more sustainable world as the Site and Building Manager at Ashevillage.
Special Events Coordinator: Celine Cooper is a mover, dancer, traveler, brewer, and teacher who is passionate about community empowerment through education. She studied Environmental Development and Dance while working as an outreach coordinator at the University of Colorado’s Environmental Center and recycling program. Celine’s philanthropic spirit has supported multiple communities, from running events at a local brewery that raised funds for non-profits, to teaching English to students in Hungary. She is now excited to merge her passions for ecological living, community participation, and environmental education to further the mission of Ashevillage.
Online Strategist: Stacey Murphy is a radical systems designer who brings to Ashevillage her vision of creating whole human communities. Founder of BK Farmyards and Farmyard Bootcamp, Stacey’s background is in forging innovative community partnerships, while designing integrated and healthy systems, including abundant local food harvests. She has initiated urban farms and CSA’s, curated online and on-the-ground agricultural and entrepreneurial trainings, and co-created hands-on, holistic food systems classes for high school students in Brooklyn, NY. As a real foods advocate, Stacey has been featured in Family Circle, on Martha Stewart Radio, and on David Letterman.
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