Our Mission

We support grassroots projects meeting the evolving needs of communities related to climate change, social inequity, and malnutrition worldwide.

Tiny Gardens Project

Our Story

It is time we come together to accomplish the large-scale ecological and social restoration needed to sustain life on Earth. It is with this extreme sense of urgency we launched Abundant Earth Foundation in 2018.

Imagine the impact we can have as an organization that can react quickly to help local communities recover from a disaster and at the same time use permaculture to restore the ecosystem and build a society that is more resilient for the long term.

We are uniting our resources, skills, and passions in order to support grassroots and large-scale projects that are healing the planet.

Meet Our Team

The Abundant Earth Foundation team is working with project leaders worldwide to create positive social, environmental, and economic impacts.

Hannah Eckberg

Hannah Apricot Eckberg

Hannah has studied permaculture and other regenerative practices for much of her life.

Her passion to inspire others to do all they can on behalf of the planet has led to a career in environmental journalism and philanthropy.

She co-founded the Permaculture Magazine, North America and the Abundant Earth Foundation.

Anna Campbell

Anna Campbell

I love how interconnected everything is in nature and how through collaboration our planet thrives. My professional background of starting five companies and a national nonprofit organization provided me with the ability to take calculated risks, while remaining curious about alternative opportunities, and continually grateful for passionate people with unique skills and interests.

The opportunities we have at Abundant Earth Foundation to work with passionate project leaders worldwide are one of my favorite parts of my job. My communications undergraduate degree paired with my Masters of Business Administration degree rounded out my professional experience to fully comprehend how much we need each other to fully greet, tackle, and accomplish our goals. 

My favorite way to relax is chatting with friends over coffee or hanging in my hammock.

My favorite activity as a child was creating secret forts in the park near our apartment.

Stella Nyambura Mbau

Stella Nyambura Mbau

I am most excited about nature when I read that we (humans) share the same DNA as plants and animals.

It’s a new experience working at Abundant Earth Foundation, and I love learning. I am also the Founder & CEO for LOABOWA ltd. in Kenya. We help businesses manage climate risks as well as promote a carbon and waste conscious footprint.

My favorite way to relax and have fun is watching catwalks on tv.

My favorite activity as a child was modeling; I made tiny supermarkets out of cardboard.

Cevahir Ozruh

Cevahir Ozruh

What I love most about nature is when I witness the wisdom, power, and guidance of nature. Moments such as a sunset, sunrise, touching a tree, watching a bird, walking in the forest, or watching cats.

What I love most about working at Abundant Earth Foundation is serving and listening to nature now and throughout my life.

My favorite way to relax is to tread on the ground with bare feet, leaning my forehead against a tree, hugging it, and playing with water.

My favorite activities as a child were spending time with my friends, living spontaneously, singing, and making music with kitchen equipment with my grandmother, grandfather, and siblings.

Chun Chow Abundant Earth Foundation team member

Chun Chow

I believe in the goodness of humankind, and that there is much to be done about improving our lives. One possible way is to empower people to be successful. I have spent many years in the human resource and talent space in implementing processes and systems that improve workforce engagement and empowerment.

The other aspect that can benefit our lives is for everyone to enjoy a safe and clean environment. Being outside in the open, whether it is up on the mountains, in the forest or at the beach, gives me a totally different feeling to be out there.

When I am in the mood, I enjoy cooking, chile verde, a stew or hunch over a grill. I love different cultures and experiences that travelling brings and like to travel whenever possible.

Michelle Gilman

Michelle Gilman

I’m excited about the role that regenerative food systems have on the potential to optimize the health of individuals, communities, and our beautiful planet! My passion for food as medicine started with community nutrition when I led cooking classes and grocery store tours throughout my home state of Massachusetts. Some ways I find relaxation and enjoyment are through culinary experiments, waterfalls, hiking, drum circles, yoga, and travel. As a kid, I loved to make s’mores for everyone on the beach during bonfires (perhaps a precursor of expressing my love through food as an adult)
Nikki Orozco

Nikki Orozco

I adore how everything in nature has a specific role to play, including us, and that we have the ability to help restore ecosystems that have become degraded thanks to Nature’s own resilience.

I really resonate with my role at Abundant Earth Foundation thanks to growing food since I was knee high to a grasshopper and now I’m able to provide a whole systems approach to people around the world!

My ideal way to spend my day is doing anything that gets dirt under my nails, singing to my garden, snuggling my Silkie chickens, and laughing.

My mother tells me stories of how she would go outside when I was 2 or 3 and I would just be carrying on a conversation with the ancient oaks in our yard and even as I got older I would read to them and I still find peace and comfort when I’m with trees to this day.

Zenobia Imtiaz

Zenobia Imtiaz

I am a statutory auditor and have been with KPMG for the past 8 years. Two months ago I quit my job because while it was challenging I didn’t find it fulfilling enough. I hope to use the skills I have acquired over the years such problem solving, quick thinking and ability to ask the right and tough questions in an ever changing environment to add value to the social sector space.

I have worked with an organization called ‘Cause is Life’ during the horrific COVID 19 outbreak in India in the first half of 2021 as a coordinator between patients and hospitals.

Mary Brock

Mary Brock

I’ve always been drawn to nature. Some of my earliest memories are the ginkgo tree in my backyard and a greenhouse down the street in my hometown of Georgetown, KY. Growing up, I spent summers working in nurseries and garden centers in KY, OH and MA.

My degree is in English and Women’s Studies, with a 20 year history in Development, fundraising and donor relations roles. I’m skilled in nonprofit prospect and foundation research, newsletter writing, editing, and event planning for public media, environmental and reproductive justice organizations.

Working with various nonprofit consultants over the years has also strengthened my passion for the vital relationships between donors and organizations.

My favorite ways to relax and have fun include listening to jazz, kayaking and gardening.

I’m excited to be working with AEF, and look forward to engaging with those who value nature too.

Vishala Jain

Vishala Jain

I am a 69 year young lady who believes in simplicity and services. I was born & brought up in India’s silicon city – Bangalore. I postgraduate in Business Administration (B.Sc., DBA) and served nearly 33 years in various private sectors, mainly gas, metal and construction sectors. I served as Administration Manager for 10 years and the rest of the years as Senior Commercial Manager. I can fluently speak, read and write 3 Indian local languages and English. Also learning online Spanish language.

I helped a few children of an NGO by teaching a basic course of education for 6 months. And would like to continue this noble service when the pandemic situation gets normal.

I am a nature lover and fond of photography.

I am delighted to be a part of The Abundant Earth Foundation and thank Anna for providing me this opportunity.

Staci Darland

Staci Darland

I have over 10 years of HR experience with the last 5 directly in compensation and benefits. I have both my undergraduate and masters degree in human resource management and personnel relations as well as a PHR and SPHR (Professional in Human Resources and Senior Professional in Human Resources Certifications). I’m currently working towards a CEBS certification which is a Certified Benefit Specialist Program (which takes a little over 2 years). I’ve also taken a few personality assessment training courses over the last 10 years and a few random HR related course work. In my field it is hard to come by non-professional related experience but I did volunteer previously with another organization when I was taking care of my mother-in-law. I did it to keep my skills sharp. It was more of an HR business partner role. I ended up working with them for close to a year and a half and stopped just before my son was born. I’m an avid gardener. So sort of. We’ve always had plants around but when my son started showing an interest in the plant in the house (mostly to eat them) we decided to make sure to use it as a way for him to grow up really learning and having gardening in his life. So now at 20 months, he has his own flowers and garden to take care of, mostly. He waters them, I do the rest. He really loves it though.
Madison Sketoe

Madison Sketoe

Madison Sketoe believes that nature is apart of the human experience and that we are also apart of nature. There is nothing more beautiful than our planet Earth. Unfortunately, our Earth needs our help and we can all contribute in some way, even in small ways. Madison has been dedicated to becoming more sustainable in her daily practices. In 2020 Madison decided to become 100% fast-fashion free, which means all of her clothing is sustainably sourced or thrifted. She is a recent graduate of Florida State University as a psychology major along with having a minor in sociology. Her main passion is psychological research, but she also dabbles in environmental studies. Madison is actively working with the Bay County Box Turtle Project to conserve the box turtles and their habitats in the neighborhoods of Bay County, Florida. These turtles and their homes were negatively affected by the 2018 devastation known as Hurricane Michael. This research project tags, tracks, and tries to better understand the lifespan of the box turtles. Some of Madison’s favorite hobbies include spending time with her dogs, reading, gardening, and creating art of all varieties!
Bert McKinley

Bert Nyman McKinley

I’ve always been really into soil and lakes, but it was all just red clay, ponds, and the occasional man-made reservoir where I grew up. I’ve really taken to my new midwestern home with its Real Soil and 11,842 Actual Lakes — not to mention all the marshes, prairies, rivers, bison, and sizable Indigenous population.

I love that this role with Abundant Earth Foundation has outlets available for so many of my wide-ranging interests and that I get to be meaningfully involved in real-world projects.

I get an inordinate amount of pleasure from tending to my hoarder-level music collection, especially the part where I figure out how to make two songs blend together just right. However, a couple of episodes of 30 Rock in the big farmhouse bathtub is a close second.

As a kid, I spent a lot of time jumping off of the porch, riding my bike down hills as fast as I could, imagining that I was a famous astronaut or baseball player being interviewed, and wandering around in the sewers.

Vishala Jain

Vishala Jain

I am a 69 year young lady who believes in simplicity and services. I was born & brought up in India’s silicon city – Bangalore. I postgraduate in Business Administration (B.Sc., DBA) and served nearly 33 years in various private sectors, mainly gas, metal and construction sectors. I served as Administration Manager for 10 years and the rest of the years as Senior Commercial Manager. I can fluently speak, read and write 3 Indian local languages and English. Also learning online Spanish language.

I helped a few children of an NGO by teaching a basic course of education for 6 months. And would like to continue this noble service when the pandemic situation gets normal.

I am a nature lover and fond of photography.

I am delighted to be a part of The Abundant Earth Foundation and thank Anna for providing me this opportunity.

Staci Darland

Staci Darland

I have over 10 years of HR experience with the last 5 directly in compensation and benefits. I have both my undergraduate and masters degree in human resource management and personnel relations as well as a PHR and SPHR (Professional in Human Resources and Senior Professional in Human Resources Certifications). I’m currently working towards a CEBS certification which is a Certified Benefit Specialist Program (which takes a little over 2 years). I’ve also taken a few personality assessment training courses over the last 10 years and a few random HR related course work. In my field it is hard to come by non-professional related experience but I did volunteer previously with another organization when I was taking care of my mother-in-law. I did it to keep my skills sharp. It was more of an HR business partner role. I ended up working with them for close to a year and a half and stopped just before my son was born. I’m an avid gardener. So sort of. We’ve always had plants around but when my son started showing an interest in the plant in the house (mostly to eat them) we decided to make sure to use it as a way for him to grow up really learning and having gardening in his life. So now at 20 months, he has his own flowers and garden to take care of, mostly. He waters them, I do the rest. He really loves it though.

Our Board of Directors

Ana Toepel

Alexa Bernard

Brandi Mack

Susana Guimaraes

Matthew Eshed

Emily Murphy

Ray Milidoni

Hannah Apricot Eckberg

Dr. Charlie Brennan

Bridget O'Brien

Your Support Changes Everything!

We invite you to help make this an even more effective year for those working on the frontlines creating change in the world!

Your regular monthly donation makes a big difference by helping us spread the solutions that will sustain life on the planet and allow everyone to thrive.