Raised in Helena, Montana, John has always had a passion for growing plants. He helped his mother in his childhood yard and designed a garden bed as a teen in his backyard complete with pathways, trees, flowers and a small pond. In his mid twenties he began building a small herb and vegetable garden at his rental house in the Portland suburbs. Over 5 growing seasons he developed a diverse and highly functioning garden. His vision is a driving force behind the development of the food forest and his passion to effect change keeps him motivated.


Raised in Longview, Washington, Jeremi was a part of a family that appreciated and practiced growing and preserving some of their own food. He is an outdoor lover and has spent countless hours enjoying all that nature has to offer. He helped John build the rental house garden and was instrumental in its success. His hard work ethic and get it done attitude keep the numerous projects moving forward.  He also focuses on harvesting, cooking and preserving various crops.