Meet the Team

Zev Friedmn

Zev Friedman

Founder

Creative Director

Carmen Lescher

Savings Pool Project Coordinator

 

Zev Friedman

Founder, Creative Director

Zev works as a permaculture educator, consultant, and researcher, based at Earthaven Ecovillage outside of Asheville, NC. For 12 years, he has focused on empowering others through transformative education to find the skills and mentorship they need to develop a meaningful role in the process of reconnecting humans to nature in a way that takes good care of both. After growing up in a patch of kudzu in Sylva, North Carolina, Zev earned a B.S. in Human Ecology at UNC Asheville in 2004, completed an apprenticeship in Permaculture education with Patricia Alison in 2009, and now seeks to grow community and multi-generational village culture through his consulting work and land projects, most recently the WNC Mutual Aid Initiative. Visit www.livingsystemsdesign.net for more information.

 

Carmen Lescher

Community Savings Pool Project Coordinator

Carmen is a dedicated community member and leader at Earthaven Ecovillage where she has lived for most of the last 13 years. She is a "jill-of-all-trades" -- comfortable on the farm or construction site, around the kitchen, and in the garden or at the computer. She has owned and operated a pasture-based poultry farm; worked on construction crews building passive solar, off-grid houses; made herbal medicines; and organized large events. Currently, she supports many small businesses with financial planning, administration, and bookkeeping. She is happy when she's cooking, solving problems, or practicing nonviolent communication.