Meet the Earth Homes Team

Marty was born and raised in Seattle and has lived in the Salish Sea bioregion his whole life. After sparking his interest in the trades through high school woodshop he attended and graduated from the Inside Passage School of Woodworking in Vancouver, BC where he learned the fine art of furniture making. The next few years Marty worked various carpentry jobs before going out on his own to start Cascadia Renovations LLC where he specialized in finish carpentry and home remodels.

 

He moved to Olympia in 2019 and joined Earth Homes to be part of the building systems revolution and redefining how we build houses. When he isnt working Marty enjoys connecting with the natural world through long hikes in the Olympic mountains and kayaking the waters of the Salish Sea. His mission in life is to help build and grow healthy sustainable communities for a future generation of village living.

Aaron Sauerhoff
Founder & CEO

Marty Kenney
Project Manager

Originally hailing from New York where he had grown painstakingly aware of many toxic effects 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 affect radical reunion between natural and green building practices and create equal housing opportunities for all.

Rabi Verdante comes to every purposeful convergence with the inherent desire to know the greatest needs and subsequent compulsion to fill them or find out who can and connect souls. Born of lineages on extreme ends of the affluence spectrum and with deeply established roots in deforestation practices as a trade method, she departed early from the safe and comfortable path forged by her elders to gain hard-won experience and struggle-borne wisdom that now seek cyclical completion in finding paths of service for others.

With the enduring conviction that (the ubiquitous) It Can Get Better but often without clear viable applications of self, Rabi forged a set of tools that enabled traction through complication and difficulty, learning with each new direction how to add value more densely around her through refining strategies of symbiosis, empathy and knowledgability.

The evolution of her life's work has taken her through the arts, farming and beekeeping, holistic child development, sawyering for the Civilian Conservation Corps, intimate therapeutic practices, fin-tech, logistics and office management and agro-industrial development.

All of the arenas in which Rabi has shown up have informed her character and focus, which continues to arrive at sustainable living and building materials and converging wisdom from the ages to build a more enlightened and inclusive society.

Rabi Verdante
Executive Officer

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