Steve Orr has designed and installed artistic and functional edible and medicinal Permaculture gardens for more than thirty years. He teaches people to use the plants in their gardens and especially enjoys converting lawns to gardens. Steve manages a ten-acre Permaculture farm, Frog Farm, where you may find him teaching WWOOFers (Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms interns), milking goats, pruning fruit trees, building compost, planting perennials, or playing his guitar. Steve has been active in forming a seed-savers network, a local farmer’s market, and the tool-sharing library. He is also a member of Southern Oregon Beekeepers Alliance. He is skilled at designing and building useful small farm tools, such as soil sifters, a chicken plucking machine, and a seed ball machine.
Emily June Ring arrived to the Illinois Valley the year of the Biscuit Fire as an Americorps intern. She has worked as a health and crisis case manager, physical science technician for the National Park Service and other fun things. After a few years spent in Lane County she has returned to the Rogue region to work as Josephine County Assistant Emergency Manager. She splits her time between Takilma, SunStar, Medford and Grants Pass. In Lane County she was on the Board for Friends of Buford Park & Mt. Pisgah and West Pisgah Community Visioning. Currently she is a Board member for SOEA (Southern Oregon Emergency Aid).
Roxanne Sterling-Falkenstein is an avid gardener with 30+ years of experience and 12 years of permaculture study, with a special focus in Hugelkultur beds. Roxanne’s passions include food preservation, culinary instruction, and seed collecting/distributing. From coordinating events, seed swaps, catering, obtaining donations, and creating media, she bring an eclectic array of talents and experience to our organization!