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 is a seasoned regenerative landscape designer and builder. he is a second generation landscape contractor and has over 10 years of professional experience. He specializes in developing holistic landscape systems for the purpose of improving peoples' relationship to place. His work emphasizes the use of California native plants, kitchen gardens and fruit orchards, greywater recycling systems and rainwater capture systems. Other specialties include developing social spaces, water efficient irrigation systems and building with recycled materials (such as broken concrete). 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. He was recently featured as a speaker in the 2017 TEDxCSULB "Threads Undone" conference, and currently works as a designer and builder with his company Earth Steward Ecology.

RYAN SERRANO

Ryan is a seasoned regenerative landscape designer and builder. he is a second generation landscape contractor and has over 10 years of professional experience. He specializes in developing holistic landscape systems for the purpose of improving peoples' relationship to place. His work emphasizes the use of California native plants, kitchen gardens and fruit orchards, greywater recycling systems and rainwater capture systems. Other specialties include developing social spaces, water efficient irrigation systems and building with recycled materials (such as broken concrete). 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. He was recently featured as a speaker in the 2017 TEDxCSULB "Threads Undone" conference, and currently works as a designer and builder with his company Earth Steward Ecology.

 
 
 Gino Martez  Gino 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.

Gino Martez

Gino 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.

 
 
 
 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.

 
 
 
 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.