Meet the Brothers and learn their story!
Michael and Shannon are brothers of the same father, but separate mothers. They first met in February of 2017. What is most interesting; although they lived separate lives and took different paths, they found that there was a strong similarity in their personalities, mannerisms, beliefs, and interests. As the popular saying goes, "The apple doesn't fall far from the tree". Although their lives took them on separate paths through the years of 2017 until 2020, their commonalities kept them close and in 2020 following the Covid outbreak, the brothers decided to come together around a shared vision of creating sustainable communities, environmental stewardship, and food production. The shared vision started as abstract ideas that, over months, began to take shape. In August of 2020, the mission and principles of Transformative Soil and Landscapes were born.
President | Secretery
PDC(Permaculture Design Certificate | Certified Water Harvesting Practitioner |
Soil Food Web Student
For 10 years Michael ran a business called Doorstep Farmers, which delivered locally grown organic produce to the doorsteps of residence in Contra Costa County. After a call to nature led him to walk away from the business, he spent the next 4 years wandering the country connecting with what is considered alternative methods of growing food. In actuality, those “alternative” methods are those that are most closely aligned with the laws of mother nature herself. Since that journey began, he has committed his life to betterment to the environment and the community around him through Permaculture, Soil Biology, and Rainwater Catchment.
Vice President | Treasurer
PDC(Permaculture Design Certificate | 6 Years Farm Experience | Site Manager
As a teenager and young adult, Shannon routinely found solace from city life in the foothills of the central valley. Within those many expeditions his burning passion for nature and adventure was sparked. During a season as a volunteer wilderness ranger in his early 20s, he discovered his calling; spending the next decade pursuing a career in resource and land management. The first six of those years he was involved directly in forestry with state and federal agencies where he worked as a wildland fire fighter and trail maintenance supervisor. Over time, a chronic knee injury made it no longer possible to meet the physical demands of his job, he was forced to redefine his path. Lost and bewildered, Shannon decided to leave everything behind on a spiritual sabbatical. Traveling abroad as a WOOFER Inevitably led him to sustainable communities where he learned the permaculture model.