Resilient Roots is a non-profit organization whose mission is to educate and promote awareness about permaculture landscapes that are primarily edible and guided by ecological principles. We empower people, through our educational and outreach events, to grow their own food in a manner that is sustainable and uses local resources. We provide a structure to connect, support, and collaborate with individuals and organizations interested in learning and practicing the art of permaculture landscape design.
Why We Came Together
We are a group of individuals that have come together to be a part of something bigger than ourselves. We all bring something unique to the table, but share a passion for gardening in a way that makes a space and the planet richer, more abundant with life and singing with diversity. We are also passionate about sharing our knowledge with other people, so we formed Resilient Roots with the dream that we could spread the word and connect with people of like minds and passions.
Kristie Kapp is the President of Resilient Roots. She is a permaculture landscape designer. With a master's in ecology from Yale School of Environmental Studies and over twenty years of farming experience, she decided to merge the two professions and completed a permaculture landscape design program.
She has been creating designs for clients since 2014. When she's not on the farm she can be found on the water, sailing or shellfishing. She lives in West Barnstable on a farm with her husband, two children and a plethora of animals.
Nan Ingraham is serving as our Vice President. She is a marketing promotions manager at Hyannis Country Gardens where she has worked for over twenty years. She is a certified NOFA (Northeast Organic Farmers Assoc.) land management specialist and recently became a Master Gardener. Nan has been active as an advocate for organic lawns and continues to stay current on alternative methods that emphasismanagement/cultural practices to keep lawns healthy. She also consults with clients providing landscape plant recommendations. Nan lives in West Barnstable with her husband and son.
John Tecklenburg is a director on the board. He is currently an environmental studies teacher at Sturgis West Public Charter High School. John was born and raised in Michigan before living in several locations along the American East Coast, South Korea, and China. He was a Peace Corp Volunteer in China and has spent a significant amount of time traveling in Asia. John’s hobbies include gardening, making art, hiking, reading, and playing with his three children Olive, Edie and Elliot. John lives with his wife, Christine McDowell, in Harwich.
Britt Beedenbender serves as a director on the Resilient Roots Board and brings with her experience in the non-profit sector where she has been active for 25 plus years. Her work has focused on development, communications and community engagement. She worked for the International Fund for Wildlife (IFAW) for many years advancing from researcher to the donor program to Associate Director of Major Gifts. She is still a volunteer in IFAW's Marine Mammal Stranding Response Team.
Currently Britt works at Community Development Partnership in Eastham as their Chief Development and Communications officer and is the Centerville representative on the Barnstable Town Council. Britt lives in Centerville with her partner Thomas and is passionate about creating positive change around how our food is grown and engaging people in the process.
Christine McDowell serves the board as our Treasurer. She is an educator, a social justice advocate, an environmentally conscious citizen, a yogi, and a mother. She spent her summers growing up in Dennisport, and has been year round on the Cape since 2011 when she began teaching at Sturgis Charter Public School in Hyannis. Previously, traveling, volunteering, and schooling brought her (and her husband, John Tecklenburg) to live in Philadelphia, New York City, South Korea, and China. They now live in Harwich, MA. Christine has found that being outside is the best medicine for her children (and probably all children!) and wants to create spaces in their yard that inspire her children to play, to entertain themselves, and to forage for their own food.
Gisele Gauthier is serving the board as the Clerk. She is a consultant, currently working to create affordable housing for adults with autism and as a grant writer with a group looking to redevelop Aquinnah Circle on Martha's Vineyard. She works as part of the team that pulls off the Wellfleet OysterFest each year. She also teaches yoga. She was a chef in the 1990's and learned to appreciate fabulous food and that growing the food she cooked brought her heart and soul together. Gisele considers herself a dirt digger from as far back as she can remember and the idea of turning her whole yard into an edible landscape just thrills her. Gisele lives with her husband in Brewster.
Looking to create diversity, connection, relationship and resilience in our landscapes and our community.
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