Alisa is the Director of Sparkroot Farm. She creates beautiful and intimate events for the surrounding community. Alisa lives at the 115-year-old Sparkroot Farmhouse which she renovated and shares with her children, their homeschool community and a few wwoofers. She grew up like a potted plant in Chicagoland consumer culture, and then “on the literal edge of nowhere” in a distant swamp, supporting her late husband's work in endangered Red Wolf recovery. Her husband, Chris Lucash, co-founder of Sparkroot, died of the industrial disease ALS in 2016, surrounded by the folk that would come to raise his children.
Alisa enjoys working on creative, collaborative, restorative projects. Painting, conservation, endangered species restoration, environmental education, permaculture farming, falconry and a couple of years in a Park Service Ranger uniform form some of her work history. Alisa founded a migratory bird protection non-profit and has won conservation awards this work. A Death Doula, soapmaker, and dedicated scholar of Stephen Jenkinson's Orphan Wisdom School, she is a steadfast student of culture, decolonization and folklore. She paints mythic portraiture which can be viewed at Sparkroot’s instagram site.
Whitney Dane is a dreamer, visionary and culinary alchemist. She's a chef and medicinal herbalist, mother to Jack and twin toddler boys, Hugh and Cosmo with partner Ben Schikowitz. Whitney is manager at Honeysuckle Tea House, Chapel Hill.
Arlo Estill is the co-founder of Hempsmith, a pioneer of an ancient fiber. Arlo is a musician and songwriter studying studying sustainable textiles at NCSU. He’s taking the permaculture farm to phase two. He loves to climb, ride bikes, tie dye and sing.
Njathi Wa Kabui
Kabui is an organic chef, farmer and food activist, and he brings a deep knowledge of history, culture and village-making experience to the table.
Understanding food and politics came naturally to Kabui; he was born in central Kenya to a coffee farmer mother and restaurant owner father. Kabui received a dual Masters in Medical and Urban Anthropology from the University of Memphis and is a proponent of decolonization of minds and lands.
Tami and Lyle bought most of the land at Village at the Bend over 20 years ago, lived here and worked in art, house renovation and sustainable land development. She's now the Executive Director of the community resilience non-profit Abundance NC, an Eco-Industrial Park developer and a partner in Fair Game Beverage Company distillery.
Tami likes to take on new challenges especially if it effects change and especially if people say you can’t do it. Working on a healthier community through local food, renewable energy and local economy are a thrill. A native of Raleigh, North Carolina, she's a true southern girl.
Tami likes to socialize, and fund raise and make things fun.
Cathy "Brooksie" edwards
Brooksie has developed an integrated personal change model embodying talk therapies, body therapies, creativity and spiritual practices. She applies it in individual and group therapy, and workshops.
Brooksie is a sound healing practitioner and hands on healer at the Village's Open Heart Healing Center, which she runs with massage therapist, Ben Schikowitz and Alisa Esposito of Sparkroot Farm. Brooksie is training to offer services as a Death Doula through the Village's Green Burial Ground Sanctuary.
Luke is a permaculture designer who offers home systems installations and maintenance through Branches Ecological Landscapes; he offers consultation, design, installation and coaching.
His business ethic is bound to health and education for family, community, and planet. BEC strives to follow an ethic of thoughtfulness and compassion from designing and building gardens to raising children.
Luke is a partner in Sparkroot's Permaculture programming and farm design.
Trip is a loved community member who has beautifully restored the century old farmhouse, build our hoophnouse and formed the earthworks of our permanent no-till farm beds. His contracting business can be found here.
Janice and Joe Kenlan live and work just on the other side of the farm field. Janice is an incredible tile and mosaic artist. You can find much of her work in the dwellings nearby. A self-taught artist, she's creative in fiber, wood, stained glass, metal and cement sculpture, hand made paper, beads and mosaic.
Janice is a landscape designer and gardener, her home is surrounded by floral beauty and the necessities of her art.
Janice is a contributor to the work at Sparkroot, where she delves in to story, myth and poetry.
Ben is kick ass massage therapist, visionary artist, drummer and father. He lives in the nearby funky town of Goldston with his wife Whitney and three sons.
He worked and lived at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, NY for 10 years where he completed a 4 year apprenticeship in Bodytuning with master bodyworker and yoga teacher, Glenn Black.
Ben studied art with various visionary artists while at Omega, including Alex Grey and Robert Venosa. His other interests include playing the drumset and the vibraphone, gardening, and capoeira.
Joe lives and works at the Bend. You can find much of Joe's incredible stonemasonry at the dwellings and gates here. He's the stonemason's Stonemason, a skilled master craftsman.
After growing up in the suburbs of Massachusetts, Lindsey moved to the city with friends, only to uncover the harsh realities of the world we currently live in. Lindsey found her way to Sparkroot and ran the goat dairy and cheese-making for a year. She spent a winter volunteering for a bison-protection project out west, and returned. She lives at Sparkroot, helps run the house and the farm, and looks after the animals.
Eden River Lucash is a permaculture princess who love her dogs, her community, going to summer camps, singing, making gorgeous art and playing ukulele.
Noah Lucash enjoys roaming the woods and lanes with his friends, building forts, going to summer camps, sculpting with clay, drawing and playing with his dogs.
Amie Lucash likes to draw, play ukulele and guitar. She's homeschooling and enjoys summer camps and spending time with her friends.
Not yet featured: Sarah Perry, Pam Fleishauer, Sara Brinson and others.