Currently hailing from Portland, Oregon, Jeanie and Alex are absolutely thrilled to spend summer 2017 caring for and carrying on the Nearings’ legacy. Married on Cape Cod in 2016, as part of their ceremony Jeanie and Alex made a pact to maintain an adventurous and spontaneous spirit. The coast of Maine is calling!
Jeanie Kirk, a would-be 14th-generation Cape Codder, is a writer, editor, curator, feminist, and environmentalist. Her life has been guided by an ethos and desire to “do good” – a complex and ever changing lens through which to view the world. Jeanie loves exploring the concept of intersectionality and is an avid, life-long learner of progressive movements. With a master’s degree from Columbia University focused on the significance of climate change’s impacts on sustainable development, Jeanie currently makes a living as a consultant for environmental and social justice organizations in Louisiana, the front line of sea level rise in the continental United States. Jeanie loves the ocean, really big trees, yoga, hiking, skiing, cooking, reading, swimming, and fresh flowers from Alex.
Alex Page, was born in Santa Cruz, California and feels most at ease with the ocean at one side. Having studied English at Pitzer College, he pursued his love of travel through a Fulbright fellowship in Korea. Upon returning, he moved to San Francisco to work for environmental non-profits, ultimately leaving to attend the University of Oregon to earn a master’s degree in sustainable transportation planning. Alex grew up on a 2.5 acre urban jungle oasis, yet did not truly appreciate his mother’s green thumb until he began his own backyard organic gardening. Still a novice, he’s ready to test his skills on a larger, higher stakes garden. Alex loves biking, hiking, skiing, cooking, baking, gardening, and a cold glass of chocolate milk.
Together Jeanie and Alex are curious and compassionate listeners, eager to learn, and dedicated to supporting sustainable systems of living in partnership with the earth. They are so excited to spend the summer in Maine within the Nearings’ community and to support and encourage the Nearings’ legacy of environmental and economic justice.