STEWARDS

CRIS SARABIA Cris Sarabia has been the Stewardship Manager for the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy since 2009 and is responsible for implementation of land stewardship activities on nature preserves there. He holds a B.A. in Environmental Science and Policy from California State University, Long Beach, a Permaculture Design Certificate and has completed various courses in regenerative studies. Bilingual in English and Spanish, Cris teaches workshops on various subjects including water conservation, greywater installation and permaculture design en Español. Other specialties include 10+ years experience in the management and restoration of coastal sage scrub habitat, coastal salt marshes, coastal dunes and marine habitat, naturalist education programs, California native plant propagation and community based restorations within the non-profit sector. Cris’ other affiliations include being a board member with the California Native Plant Society South Coast Chapter, on the advisory board with the The El Camino College Horticulture Department, part of the UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program and volunteering as a citizen arborist with TreePeople. On his free time you can catch Cris riding around town on his bike, botanizing and attempting to propagate edible species of flora and fungi.

CRIS SARABIA

Cris Sarabia has been the Stewardship Manager for the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy since 2009 and is responsible for implementation of land stewardship activities on nature preserves there. He holds a B.A. in Environmental Science and Policy from California State University, Long Beach, a Permaculture Design Certificate and has completed various courses in regenerative studies. Bilingual in English and Spanish, Cris teaches workshops on various subjects including water conservation, greywater installation and permaculture design en Español. Other specialties include 10+ years experience in the management and restoration of coastal sage scrub habitat, coastal salt marshes, coastal dunes and marine habitat, naturalist education programs, California native plant propagation and community based restorations within the non-profit sector. Cris’ other affiliations include being a board member with the California Native Plant Society South Coast Chapter, on the advisory board with the The El Camino College Horticulture Department, part of the UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program and volunteering as a citizen arborist with TreePeople. On his free time you can catch Cris riding around town on his bike, botanizing and attempting to propagate edible species of flora and fungi.

 
RYAN SERRANO Ryan Serrano is a CA native plant and edible landscape designer. His specialties include permaculture design, developing social spaces, water efficient irrigation systems and non-permanent building methods. Much of his time is spent volunteering in the community as a member of the non-profit organization Sustainable Initiatives and as a founding member and volunteer with the organization Foodscape Long Beach. He holds a BA in Liberal Arts from CSULB, a Permaculture Design Certificate, and teaches workshops and lectures on topics related to urban ecology and sustainability.

RYAN SERRANO

Ryan Serrano is a CA native plant and edible landscape designer. His specialties include permaculture design, developing social spaces, water efficient irrigation systems and non-permanent building methods. Much of his time is spent volunteering in the community as a member of the non-profit organization Sustainable Initiatives and as a founding member and volunteer with the organization Foodscape Long Beach. He holds a BA in Liberal Arts from CSULB, a Permaculture Design Certificate, and teaches workshops and lectures on topics related to urban ecology and sustainability.

 
TY TEISSERE Ty Teissere specializes in backyard orchard care, from building the soil life to pruning the canopy, and the irrigation systems in between. He has taught ecological workshops on permaculture design, greywater, earthen construction, fermentation, and kids classes on making compost with worms. Ty is based in Long Beach, he is a certified arborist (#WE-10547-A), greywater installer (Greywater Action), rainwater harvester (Watershed Management Group), and has his horticulture certificate from Long Beach City College.

TY TEISSERE

Ty Teissere specializes in backyard orchard care, from building the soil life to pruning the canopy, and the irrigation systems in between. He has taught ecological workshops on permaculture design, greywater, earthen construction, fermentation, and kids classes on making compost with worms. Ty is based in Long Beach, he is a certified arborist (#WE-10547-A), greywater installer (Greywater Action), rainwater harvester (Watershed Management Group), and has his horticulture certificate from Long Beach City College.

 
JORGE RICARDO MARTINEZ Jorge Ricardo Martinez sprouted in the arid valley of Mexicali and was transplanted into the concrete crush of Los Angeles. His fervent passion for food led him into a garden one day, curiosity kicked in and he hasn’t left since. He has become an integral part of the Earth Steward Ecology team, working to bring people and nature into healthy relationship. Jorge volunteers an extensive amount of time in his community with Foodscape Long Beach and The Friendship Neighborhood, sharing skills and resources in places that need it most.

JORGE RICARDO MARTINEZ

Jorge Ricardo Martinez sprouted in the arid valley of Mexicali and was transplanted into the concrete crush of Los Angeles. His fervent passion for food led him into a garden one day, curiosity kicked in and he hasn’t left since. He has become an integral part of the Earth Steward Ecology team, working to bring people and nature into healthy relationship. Jorge volunteers an extensive amount of time in his community with Foodscape Long Beach and The Friendship Neighborhood, sharing skills and resources in places that need it most.

 
LILY BEGLER Lily has always felt a deep connection to the earth. She feels grounded and at home when spending time in nature, and uses time spent outside to recharge and reset. Lily is passionate about inspiring others to find their own connection to nature. She has been teaching and supporting elementary school children to build their personal relationship to plants, animals and their food by providing outdoor garden experiences and lessons at their schools. Not only is she grateful to work outside and with plants everyday, she also enjoys the connections she makes with Earth Steward Ecology clients and loves engaging the clients about the native habitat that is created for them. Lily hopes to see a world where communities become stewards of the earth and build positive, compassionate relationships between each other and the environment.

LILY BEGLER

Lily has always felt a deep connection to the earth. She feels grounded and at home when spending time in nature, and uses time spent outside to recharge and reset. Lily is passionate about inspiring others to find their own connection to nature. She has been teaching and supporting elementary school children to build their personal relationship to plants, animals and their food by providing outdoor garden experiences and lessons at their schools. Not only is she grateful to work outside and with plants everyday, she also enjoys the connections she makes with Earth Steward Ecology clients and loves engaging the clients about the native habitat that is created for them. Lily hopes to see a world where communities become stewards of the earth and build positive, compassionate relationships between each other and the environment.

 
BEN FISH I do this work because I love trees. After a decade of doing work I did not find fulfilling, I finally took my own advice and followed my passion. I have been working on trees professionally since 2015 but have been volunteering with our local farms and orchards since 2010, getting my hands on as many trees as I could. When I'm not working on fruit trees I'm either in my own orchard, in the water somewhere or out walking with the ancient Sequoias.

BEN FISH

I do this work because I love trees. After a decade of doing work I did not find fulfilling, I finally took my own advice and followed my passion. I have been working on trees professionally since 2015 but have been volunteering with our local farms and orchards since 2010, getting my hands on as many trees as I could. When I'm not working on fruit trees I'm either in my own orchard, in the water somewhere or out walking with the ancient Sequoias.

 
ANTHONY MCCONNELL Anthony McConnell was born in Southern California and has always harbored an enthusiastic consciousness of his surroundings. He seeks to harmonize the disconnect between the natural and built environment while optimizing the survivability of the planet and all of its inhabitants.  He works to facilitate deeper connections between people and plants, and to sustainably increase the availability of vegetables and fruit for all.

ANTHONY MCCONNELL

Anthony McConnell was born in Southern California and has always harbored an enthusiastic consciousness of his surroundings. He seeks to harmonize the disconnect between the natural and built environment while optimizing the survivability of the planet and all of its inhabitants.  He works to facilitate deeper connections between people and plants, and to sustainably increase the availability of vegetables and fruit for all.

 
AMANDA ROGERS Amanda is a native plant community enthusiast who specializes in creating bio-diverse ecosystems for all living species to develop site-specific, evolving relationships. Amanda’s degree in Landscape Architecture and background in landscape maintenance and design has allowed her to express California’s native culture through artful planting designs and maintenance practices. She strives to connect relationships between people, plants, and space so that earth stewardship becomes a living sustenance of Californian culture.

AMANDA ROGERS

Amanda is a native plant community enthusiast who specializes in creating bio-diverse ecosystems for all living species to develop site-specific, evolving relationships. Amanda’s degree in Landscape Architecture and background in landscape maintenance and design has allowed her to express California’s native culture through artful planting designs and maintenance practices. She strives to connect relationships between people, plants, and space so that earth stewardship becomes a living sustenance of Californian culture.

 
ALEXANDRA WAGONER Alexandra has always had a deeply rooted passion for native culture and exploring the wilderness.  Her free-spirited nature and creative energy has guided her in inspiring others to reconnect to themselves and the land they dwell upon.  Alexandra has worked in the interior design field for over half a decade and has a history of studying furniture design + fabrication, environmental design, industrial design and sustainable design. Whatever realm of design she is creating in, she always applies efficient, holistic and functional techniques and prioritizes connecting people to their space.

ALEXANDRA WAGONER

Alexandra has always had a deeply rooted passion for native culture and exploring the wilderness.  Her free-spirited nature and creative energy has guided her in inspiring others to reconnect to themselves and the land they dwell upon.  Alexandra has worked in the interior design field for over half a decade and has a history of studying furniture design + fabrication, environmental design, industrial design and sustainable design. Whatever realm of design she is creating in, she always applies efficient, holistic and functional techniques and prioritizes connecting people to their space.

 
ANNA MARIA DESIPRIS Anna Maria is a farmer, beekeeper, teacher, healer, and community builder.  Her first connection to growing food, animal husbandry, and simple living came while spending many summers with her family on an island in the Cyclades of Greece. Watching her elders make things by hand and enjoy the fruits of their labor has shaped her intention to connect deeply to the earth and her community. Leaving the path to pursue a career in western medicine, Anna Maria has looked to nature for healing.  Growing food, educating families on urban farms, mentoring new young farmers, studying herbalism and rescuing Honeybees all have shown the incredible power and impact that the Earth's creations have in our lives.  Anna Maria is our resident bee guardian, rescuing Honeybee colonies in Long Beach and Orange County.  After managing 100 hives for another business, she has found herself leading her own project called The Honeybee Hub.  It's mission - save as many Honeybees as possible through education and relocation. 

ANNA MARIA DESIPRIS

Anna Maria is a farmer, beekeeper, teacher, healer, and community builder.  Her first connection to growing food, animal husbandry, and simple living came while spending many summers with her family on an island in the Cyclades of Greece. Watching her elders make things by hand and enjoy the fruits of their labor has shaped her intention to connect deeply to the earth and her community.

Leaving the path to pursue a career in western medicine, Anna Maria has looked to nature for healing.  Growing food, educating families on urban farms, mentoring new young farmers, studying herbalism and rescuing Honeybees all have shown the incredible power and impact that the Earth's creations have in our lives. 

Anna Maria is our resident bee guardian, rescuing Honeybee colonies in Long Beach and Orange County.  After managing 100 hives for another business, she has found herself leading her own project called The Honeybee Hub.  It's mission - save as many Honeybees as possible through education and relocation.