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Natural Capital Founding Chairman (2006-2016) Ed Bain Jr. Retires

In 2006 a group of us had an idea to test out business approaches to achieve conservation goals. We enrolled then Nature Conservancy Piedmont Program Manager Ridge Schuyler in the crazy idea and fortunately for us he had a very unusual bad bout of judgment and agreed to help us get started. We decided we would incorporate as a non-profit organization and would need a dreaded Board of Directors. I knew Ed from years with the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission and he too had a mental lapse and agreed to be our first Chairman. I frankly can’t believe we’re still here 10 years later.

Last night at our 4th Quarter Directors’ Meeting Ed stepped down. There are no words to say that can capture our appreciation through the years of all the meetings, many times wondering if we’d make it through another month or year. He was unfailingly there for me, often just through a simple phone call with profound wisdom and encouragement, helping me believe that some small good would be done by continuing the effort.

For some reason, our Board members don’t care for staged pictures and other falderal but it is authentic to honor a man, a seeker, in our collective journey towards love and compassion for ourselves and other life forms coexisting together in nature. So colleague and woodworker Buzz Van Santvoord found an old piece of hardwood in his shop and made a cutting board that we then had engraved at Ed’s Engraving in Culpeper. The only image I have is the one below after picking it up and thinking how its simplicity matches Ed’s spirit.


Thankfully Nelson County Winemaker Al Weed, like those before suffering from temporary frontal lobe disturbance, has agreed to take over for Ed and along with David Perdue, Carol Atchison, and Tom Salley, will become Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Treasurer, and Secretary for 2017.

- Michael Collins


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