Rick has spent the last 20 years in the small agriculture and landscape industries. Originally founded as a small design/build/maintain contracting firm, Elder Creek led the North Bay in practical approaches to sustainability in landscape-applied ecology. In 2013 Elder Creek transitioned from a design/build contracting firm to a full-service, Landscape Architecture and Project Management Firm.
His early years of running a design firm with its own construction team formed his deep understanding of how landscapes and their construction processes work and heavily influences his designs today. His decades of experience in construction allow Elder Creek to have an unrivaled Project Management Division, lead by Rick himself. Sharing his knowledge and serving his community has always been important to Rick. Serving Sebastopol's Design Review Board, he reviewed numerous projects and worked with city staff to write practical, ecologically literate storm water policy for a major development.
Rick helped organize the ecological landscaping community in Sonoma County and later served as a board member for daily acts.
He has taught and spoken at countless industry events as well as created curriculum and held a lead instructor position at Sonoma State University's Sustainable Landscape Professional Certificate Program. Currently, Rick writes curriculum and is a lead instructor for the Ecological Landscape Immersion Program at the Permaculture Skills Center. In this role he helps train future professionals in how to merge ecology, design, professionalism, and economics to build a career rooted in right livelihood. In addition to his ecological work, Rick serves as a facilitator and collective member for Sonoma County Men Evolving Non-violently (M.E.N.), a volunteer organization working to end domestic violence by working directly with men who are committing these acts and have volunarily sought help to change their behavior.
Alan is a licensed landscape architect (License #4703) with over 20 years of experience in the field. His involvement working in local and Bay Area firms, large and small, has given him an extensive amount of knowledge and an aptitude for problem solving. This experience and the skill sets he has developed over the years allow him to bring a wealth of creativity tempered with pragmatism to his designs.
Alan has managed a large assortment of estate projects as well as high-end development, mixed use, co-housing, live/work, low income housing, and apartment projects. He has also managed a substantial variety of other projects, including forest and wetland restorations, wineries, schools, parks, sports fields, and commercial projects.
Alan has pursued further education in environmental restoration, green building, permaculture, and storm water management. In each project he brings this expertise to merge with the aesthetic desires and practical needs of the client. Alan has also worked closely with the local cities' and counties' boards and commissions, the Department of Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Forest Service on a variety of projects. He has learned how to navigate through approval processes with minimal delays.
Amy Boinski has been practicing Landscape Architecture for the past 10 years and obtained a bachelors degree of Landscape Architecture from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 2007. Amy has managed multiple projects from concept to completion and gained experience as both strategist and tactician on major landscape design projects for public agencies and private residences. Her work with Marta Fry Landscape Associates, Studio Five Design, and Burton Landscape Architecture Studio required her to serve as both creative visionary and coordinator with many commercial and public entities including Apple Inc., VMware and the City of San Francisco. Having been involved in a range of projects, she is equipped with a diverse skill set and unique technical abilities to promote innovative and efficient design solutions. By building strong relationships with clients and team members, Amy is able to maintain control of project logistics during key installation and design phases.
Amy's experience includes storm water management, integrative on-structure plant design solutions, construction administration, incorporating sculptural art within a public space, and sustainable design. She is detail oriented and dedicated to meeting the particular needs of each individual project whether environmental, political, or financial. Her passion for thoughtful, functional, and beautiful spaces is evident in her work.
Leah Daniels has been building gardens since she was 6 years old and designing professionally in the web industry for over 10 years. Her transition into the landscaping industry took place with a 6 month Ecological Landscaper Immersion program at the Permaculture Skills Center, where she developed professional ecological landscaping skills and earned a certificate as a Permaculture designer. She brings her years of experience designing user interfaces and managing small design teams into the field of landscaping where it translates into the ability to design beautiful Earth-friendly and usable spaces.