Meet the Farmers

Foundroot is the passion project of husband and wife team Leah Wagner and Nick Schlosstein. Their commitment to each other and the life they have built together goes hand in hand with a desire to do good work. Work that feeds systems they believe in and supports their community in a way they can be proud of.
Leah with poppies


Leah studied Politics at Oberlin College and has used that knowledge in a range of work from Union Organizing, to Community Revitalization, to her current work in creating an awareness around Food Sovereignty and Security with Foundroot.

She is an Alaska Master Gardener and has worked on farms in in Maine, British Columbia, and Alaska, as well as gardened in her home state of Arizona. She received her Permaculture Design Certification from the Southern Oregon Permaculture Institute in 2010 where she studied under Larry Korn and Chuck Burr at Restoration Farm. In the fall of 2011, Leah attended Seed School through Native Seeds/SEARCH where she learned from seed experts Gary Paul Nabhan and Bill McDorman. In 2019, Leah took the Seed School Teacher Training through the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance and is excited to further Foundroot's mission with more education and outreach.


Nick giving farm tour


Nick is a born and raised Alaskan who studied Environmental Science at the University of Alaska Southeast. He has worked as a leader for youth trail crews, for AK State Parks, and worked for years as a field hydrologist for USGS and a private environmental consulting firm.  Remote work throughout Alaska has given him a strong understanding of the varying ecology and microclimates statewide.

Nick studied Timber Framing at the Island School of Building Arts on Gabriola Island, BC and apprenticed with Robert LaPorte of EcoNest in straw clay construction to bring better building methods to northern communities. Additionally, he has studied with Lasse Holmes of the Canyon Arts School of Natural Building in Homer, AK on several occasions, including learning to build Rocket Mass Heaters. Nick is currently studying with expert market gardener JM Fortier to learn more techniques to run Foundroot’s farm as a highly efficient and sustainable small-scale operation.