Lea has been on the landscape installation team with Ecological Gardens since 2007, and was the garlic farmer the 2010 season. After receiving a degree in Urban Sociology from Bethel University, she entered the community development field working in direct service at Project for Pride in Living and Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity. Upon attending an Introduction to Permaculture workshop in 2006, Lea was drawn to the permaculture lifestyle in a transformative way. Since then, she has continued to deepen her knowledge of sustainability personally and professionally. For the last several years, she has worked with local permaculture inspired non-profits; Permaculture Research Institute-Cold Climate and a program in urban agriculture, Backyard Harvest. Lea enjoys the challenge of eating locally year round and biking uphill while pulling her son in the bike trailer.