Land & Water Restoration with Delaware Bay Tribal Communities
The Lenape Union Land Trust is a program of Greenbridge CDC. Please note that a * preceding a name denotes a tribal member.
Ruthann Purchase — President & Founder — Reuniting cousins across the Lenape Diaspora. Learning to honor her mother’s mother’s people, RuthAnn is a Water Protector immersed in Unami dialect of Lenape language, supporting cultural restoration and sustainable development through the arts, with honor for Lenape Everywhere. RuthAnn is truly a friend of Lenape everywhere. More here.
Simon Purchase James — Secretary — Lenape Forest Garden Volunteer Coordinator, Permaculture & Dynamic Governance Trainer in Training — Photo from here
*JT Johnson — Board member — JT is a Lenape Tribal Citizen, Immanuel United Methodist Church Trustee and Volunteer Fire Hall Accountant.
Meenal Raval — Board member — Meenal lives a zero-waste low-carbon life in a rehabbed Philly row home. When she ventures outside, it’s often into a garden, leaving her wondering why she still lives in a city! She is active with Sierra Club’s Southeastern PA Group. Meenal also maintains our website. More here.
Zach Elfers is founder of the Keystone Tree Crop Cooperative (a nut processing co-op) and Future Forest Plants (a nursery specializing in tree crop species, native edible root foods, and other native plants and medicinals). Zach is also active with the Horn Farm Center for Agricultural Education and will be our training coordinator for forest WWOOF-ers to regenerate forests. See also his interview about experiential ethnobotany.
Professor of Indigenous Nursing, University of Texas at Austin
Cultural Landscape Restoration Specialist — Maribel research while at the University of Delaware includes indigenous tangible and intangible heritage and traditions from the Amazon. Her current research is ‘Preservation of Indigenous Cultural landscapes.’