Tara Rae Kent

Botanist, Field Ecologist, Riparian & Wetland Specialist

Raised in the woods of rural Wisconsin, Tara Rae now spends most of her time on the Front Range of Colorado practicing resilient and regenerative living. She is passionate about forest gardening, backyard herbalism, frugality, and is a wild food enthusiast. Over the last 20 years, Tara Rae has worked in varying fields of biology, agronomy, and environmental science including laboratories, nature centers, farms, deserts, and jungles. Her skills include botanical surveys, habitat analysis, bird surveys, wetland delineations and permitting, soil and water quality sampling and analysis, and National Environmental Policy Act analysis and documentation. She is a Certified Permaculture Teacher and Designer educating new clients and students on permaculture, gardening, and urban farming. She has managed several greenhouses, as well as organic and permaculture farms with experience across 3 climate zones. She holds both Bachelors and Masters degrees in Ecology, and is a Certified Ecologist. Her passion for sustainable living has led her to volunteer for the Sustain Arvada Advisory Board to the City Council, making recommendations for sustainable community development and vitality.

Kris Korba

Kris grew up in the shadows of the Flatirons helping his mom turn the compost and doing the heavy lifting in the family kitchen garden. While studying Environmental Design at the University of Colorado his favorite class taught him about Permaculture and the way we view our interactions with the world. This new perspective encouraged him to find meaningful work, in building ecological systems that align with nature. His diverse skill set includes design & construction documentation, machinery operation & earthworks, and he has honed a critical eye for analyzing proposed designs. As the Treasurer of the Flatirons chapter of the National Young Farmers Coalition Kris has been helping to secure a future for our next generation of farmers. To have local food we must have local farmers and Kris leads by example!

Avery Ellis

Avery is a sustainability specialist and ecological designer focusing on designing regenerative ecosystems that serve humanity through natural processes. He has a Masters degree in Ecological Design through SFIA and a BS in Biology & Sustainability through Stockton College. He is also a Certified Permaculture Designer and Teacher. From broad scale land management, restoration, and property potential to small scale residential landscaping and urban farming solutions, and from local community activism to statewide input on sustainability plans, Avery hopes to facilitate a smooth transition to a new era of regeneration for the earth.