Hop is a certified Arborist, a Master Gardener, has his Basic Permaculture Design Certificate and is a certified Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) instructor. Hop was born in Dallas, Texas and has been a Grassroots Environmental Justice Community Organizer in Seattle, WA, Portland, OR and Los Angeles, CA. He received his BA from New College of California as a graduate in the Culture Ecology & Sustainable Communities program. There Hop focused on natural building, ecological design and analyzing race and class within the Intentional Communities movement. Along with his wife of twelve years, they homeschool their two daughters and co-founded PANTHER RIDGE FARM and the Outdoor School on a ¼ acre of land inhabited with chickens, honey bees and multiple compost piles.
Hop has been a Director for the Los Angeles Conservation Corps and the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust. Most recently Hop also sat on the California Council of Land Trusts initiative called Conservation Horizons. The year-long initiative met, discussed and developed a soon to be released report meant to help lead, shape, and offer pathways for the land trust community to remain relevant in the 21st century. Hop has also served as a Board Member for the Community Coalition for Environmental Justice, Western States Center and People’s College of Law. Presently, Hop sits on the Advisory Committee for the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, is a Board Member for Village Playgarden and an active member of the Urban Agriculture Working Group of the Los Angeles Food Policy Council.
Currently, he is in the start-up phase of launching a worker-run cooperative that analyzes and organizes to ameliorate the root causes of local hunger, poverty, and ecological degradation through community driven entrepreneurial ventures. Hop believes that life is not a competitive struggle and is driven by his vision to create a network of residential food forests in order to support the development of stable, human-scale solar self-reliant neighborhood communities integrated with cooperative local economies.