At LEHR Gardens, our mission is to create a better world through the fostering the widespread adoption of regenerative agriculture in a way that keeps in mind the triple bottom line of social, financial, and environmental incentives. We will find ways to use these methods to improve the lives and reduce the footprint of as many people as possible.
Ed Williams | Founder/Inventor | He/Him
As a civil engineer, Ed got involved with sustainability. As he got more involved, he realized that most sustainability initiatives are inadequate to the scope of the problem. He also realized that the bulk of our problems are directly related to a decline of the ecological systems that maintain air and water quality, climate, water cycles, and much more. He decided to search for solutions that would rebuild the life-sustaining ecologies of the world while still addressing the triple bottom line and creating three foundation of a movement that could make a real difference. Out of those efforts, he created the LEHR Garden.
Morgan Winburn | Operations Officer | She/Them
The light bulb went off for Morgan when her Title 1, second/third grade students thought that produce came from the grocery store in styrofoam packages. Frustrated that they thought Takis were a food group, she started an afterschool gardening class. She hasn’t stopped educating all ages on how to incorporate gardens into our busy modern world. She has been involved with the gardening movement from having help write the city’s codes on Community Gardens in residential areas to helping run Community Gardens and Farmer’s markets.
She also build her backyard garden to include a food forest and refurbished her pool into a micro-climate with a fish pond, chickens and LEHR gardens as filtration. Known as the Avalon Collective, it is a place where all are welcomed and safe, especially Transgender individuals. Growing up in Mexico and rural Arizona areas where food production is a priority, she wanted to bring a bit of the country into the city for her children and others.
Patrick O'Connell | Technologist | He/Him
From websites to shipping-container homes, Patrick has always had a passion for building things. He grew up around farmers and builders, and despite having made a career in the IT industry he still has trouble spending all his time inside. Having worked in varying roles across the Tech Sector he was a big believer in the concept of Systems Thinking. While working with Ed, he was quickly able to see how LEHR Gardens are the simplest implementation of a philosophy and problem-solving toolset to produce food that will have long-term ecological, social, and economic impacts and to apply his gifts to the refinement and advancement thereof. He has been through the development process with Ed for years and is still excited on how it can impact the future.
Evan Clark | Business Development | He/Him
Evan Clark is a humanist entrepreneur and business strategy consultant with over 13 years of experience leading for-profit and nonprofit organizations. He’s also a humanist public speaker and award-winning community organizer.
Evan is currently Founder & Creative Director at Spectrum Experience LLC, Executive Director at Atheists United, and Chief Marketing Officer at Cocannco Inc. He previously served as Outreach Director for the James Woods for Congress campaign, Marketing Director for BuyUSDA.com, and Chair of the Secular Student Alliance.