Meet Us

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Ecolibrium Farms works to strengthen our regional community and the world at large through intentional, symbiotic partnerships. We think of success in terms of generations, not years.

Together we’re nurturing new ideas about community, farms and ecology in the Sammamish Valley.

Volunteer / Join the Team: grow@ecolibriumfarms.com
 


Alex Meizlish

Founder // Farm Director
alex@ecolibriumfarms.com

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After university Alex landed in California, teaching environmental education in the Bay Area and the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas.  His burgeoning love of the environment and teaching pushed him to take a closer look at the food system and the impact our eating has on the environment.  

He started his first farm - Two Oaks Farm - just outside of Yosemite National Park in 2008.  Later he moved to the PNW, pursuing his master's in nutrition and psychology while continuing to develop thoughts around the food system and our cognitive, emotional and physical relationships to food.  

Alex brings a decade of experience farming and even longer being as a naturalist. From days spent observing the daily cycles of insects and animals, to watching the weather and seeing the impact on the soil and land to the phenology of flora and fauna, Alex's values are deeply tied to ecological and emotional health.  

The farm is where nature and culture intersect. He believes eating healthy food, and being a part of its creation, is a natural right and paramount to well-being.  
 


Joy Randall

Assistant Farm Manager

joy@ecolibriumfarms.com

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Perhaps the best way to describe Joy is through one of her favorite quotes by David Foster Wallace: “There are all different kinds of freedom, and the kind that is most precious you will not hear much talked about in the great outside world of winning and achieving and displaying. The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able to truly care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over in myriad petty little ways, every day.”


Rebekah Papé

Director of Community and Outreach

rebekah@ecolibriumfarms.com

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Rebekah’s interest in food systems began while living in Italy, where she noticed a funny thing.  Eating well is a basic right, not a privilege.  She returned to the Pacific Northwest just as local food was becoming a hot topic (hooray!), yet a healthy lifestyle seemed attainable only to those living affluent lives in the right neighborhood.  Her job as a Legislative Aid for the Seattle City Council led to graduate school at Antioch University to study Whole Systems Design.  Through the lens of systems thinking, Rebekah specialized in Sustainable Food Systems, Permaculture Design, and Sustainable Change.  At the same time, she completed her 200 hr and 500 hr yoga teacher certifications with advanced training in Ayurveda, Pranayama, Meditation, and Compassionate Communication.  

Rebekah’s diverse studies and background find common ground at Ecolibrium Farms.  She is passionate about exploring wellness, community, and social change through our connection to food.  Though she confesses to being a foodie, her interest in farm to table extends beyond the perfect localvore plate. Rebekah is deeply committed to social justice efforts that shift patterns of inequality by focusing on food access and affordability, as well as efforts to increase participation in the rituals of gathering, preparing, and eating food.

Pierson Shimon

Culinary Lead

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Food is Pierson’s life, and cooking the catalyst that has fueled his passion.  The ultimate truth seeker, he is constantly asking big questions, relentlessly digging deeper.  After 15 years working in and managing kitchens his hunt for flavor’s root brought him to the field.  Intuitively he knew that great ingredients were the foundation of delicious food. The attraction to farming, and the lessons it teaches, became undeniable.  

He is often heard telling his friends and family of the importance of getting your hands in the dirt, of experiencing something irrefutably soothing and fulfilling. A true connection to the world we live in. 

Farming and cooking are two halves of the equation, and Pierson wants them both.


Holly

Alpha Dog

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