Meet the Earth Homies

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Aaron Sauerhoff, Founder & CEO

Originally hailing from New York where he had grown painstakingly aware of many toxic affects stemming from pitfalls of the building industry, Aaron took flight to the South Puget Sound in 2014 with a crusader's resolve to absorb every ounce of natural building wisdom and achieve master status.

 

Transferring an industrious and inspirational attitude from service in the Civil Air Patrol as Cadet Captain, Aaron dove headlong into the world of architects and contractors, permitting and planning and hasn't looked back. In 2019, he realized the dream of establishing the build and design firm Earth Homes LLC, who work to "earthify" preexisting buildings through retrofits and remodels as well as construct adaptive and sustainable buildings that incite nourishing connection.

When Aaron isn't bedecked in moss as the Mayor of Ecotopia at Cascadia NW Music and Arts Festival, he is plugging away around the clock to help effect radical reunion between natural and green building practices and create equal housing opportunities for all.

Winter Lawson, Project Manager

Winter distills his jack-of-all-tradesmanship into his love of building through carpentry and team organization. When he’s not home playing with his cat, hiking with his long-time beloved or skunking an unlucky adversary in a game of pool, he can be found at the helm of a table saw or directing the workflow of his construction crew.

 

As an aspiring treehouse master who graduated top of his YouthBuild class, he picks up every novel skill and bit of material knowledge that each project provides. His keen eye for small details and stout work ethic help carry his team through each project with diligent quality control and vigorous momentum. Productivity, safety, and equality are inherent elements of his professional presence.

 

He looks forward to guiding novice and seasoned carpenters of all kinds in crafting enduring structures for his community as the Onsite Supervisor for the Microhome Project. 

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Rabi Verdante,

Executive Officer

Rabi was a grand and terrible tyrant in previous lives, spending years and fortunes made from others’ labor through oppressive social structure as a domineering and apathetic ruler...until now. In this Age of Aquarius, they are committing the ultimate character arc by devoting themselves to the dismantling of vacuous oligarchical reign through radical acts of Strange Love and Ecstatic Advocacy. In their ideal world, everyone gets to ask questions without persecution. 

Rabi now serves as the XO of Earth Homes LLC, drawing on experiences in event production, fintech, personal training and bee rescue. They move and act within the values of Indigenous Visibility and Rewilding principles and hope to one day create a musical about responsible waste management.

Nick Avery-Leaf, Crewmate

Here to help, heal, and harmonize:

 

From organizing group meditations to teaching 20-person ski lessons, Avery shows up for his community by bringing physical and spiritual centeredness to the forefront of each moment. 

 

He serves as a Community Wellness Practitioner who focuses on the inner space within the walls, doors, and windows being built.

 

Collaborating with Earth Homes for a year and half as an Apprentice Carpenter has opened his eyes to the tangible possibilities of natural building and healthy living spaces.

 

Playing with straw, clay, lime, and wood has helped align his mission to design and celebrate a symbiotic future of species and planet by [ Progressing ] regenerative agriculture, social infrastructure, and life-affirming architecture.

 

While restoring connection to source through shared ecstatic experience he steps into his role of Volunteer Coordinator of the Micro-shelter Project with Gratitude. 

 

Avery has committed to helping keep our struggling neighbors warm, dry and safe this winter. He stewards a navigable system for local Cascadians to plug and play into building workshops that foster a shared sense of enjoyment and community rootedness.

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Jimmy Mateson,

Quartermaster

Any who witness the vortex of ingenuity that is Jimmy Mateson at work could comfortably dub him a “mad contraptionist,” at the very least. As a master of systems development, a big-picture perspective informs all of his project contributions which in turn make all his teammates’ jobs that much simpler. “Wizard” is also an appropriate moniker. 

 

Leaving the East Coast where he grew up (you gotta start somewhere), he went to study solar energy at UC Boulder & discovered he wanted to design his own curriculum in alternative energy. He made his way to Evergreen college in Olympia where he achieved degree-holder status. All this time an urgent flame for the dispensation of crucial, under-published information grew – (Why is all this knowledge “alternative?” “Why don’t people know schtuff?”) and Jimmy James’ life’s work took shape. He founded a social action information resource and networking center devoted to helping raise awareness of critical issues being suppressed by corporate media that influenced many in the South Puget Sound and beyond. Running a 501c3 for over twenty years not only expanded Jimmy’s administrative and organizational prowess but channeled an ardently compassionate disposition that radiates from his very being. This humanitarian outlook drives the work to which he currently pours his soul, encouraging understanding of varying perspectives on our shared political economy and finding common ground so people can have discussions concerning where we want to go and how to get there from here, together.

 

With Earth Homes, Jimmy implements systems for the team to thrive in the creative effort of affordable and sustainable housing for as many as possible.