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Our Team

Sustainable, elevated raised garden beds are our passion.

Durable GreenBed is all about making a sustainable difference.

Man and woman standing in front of a body of water

Thomas Van Denend - Durable GreenBed inventor and General Manager

Originally from northern New Jersey, Tom grew up between the open fields, streams and vegetable truck farms of the garden state and the unbroken cityscape of New York City.  At about age 12, he became environmentally aware and remembers being astounded at the level of waste. Every week, garbage was mounded up in front of houses in the neighborhood to be hauled away and he remembered asking his businessman father about the limits of growth. “How can the economy keep growing in a world of finite resources?”

After graduating college, Tom joined his father’s manufacturing and engineering company.

During the following 26 years he focused on sales, marketing and business development, meanwhile he continued to march to a sustainable beat. He was drawn to robust, durable designs using masonry-based products that could last for centuries instead of decades. As a teenager Tom poured over Mother Earth News every month fascinating with alternative or green building materials like rammed earth, straw bale, cob, cordwood, even stacked old tires.

Then in 2006, after a year of research about green building products, together with his longtime friend, Paul Wood, they found a product and technique that they could believe in.  That product was the Faswall® woodchip-cement ICF block.  It is a woodchip/cement composite invented in Europe that is cast into blocks for building high performance, sustainable homes and commercial buildings.

Jessie Mitchell - Shipping Coordinator and Customer Service

Jessie grew up on the Oregon coast. She is a dedicated mother of 3 boys whom she loves to spend time with outdoors. She and the boys especially love spending time on the river. Jessie has been working at Durable GreenBed since September of 2021. She is quickly learning all about sustainable building both for garden beds and eco-friendly homes. She is enthusiastic about the world of sustainable building and hopes to continue making a difference for people and the world. 

Meet the Manufacturing Team

1st row from left to right:

  • Quinton Garcia – Composite panel production
  • Nick Post – Composite panel production
  • Jen Curtis – Durable GreenBed customer service
  • Jessie Mitchell – Shipping coordinator, customer service
  • Michael Wagoner – Composite panel production

2nd row from left to right:

  • David Bierek – GreenBed trim production and order fulfillment
  • Michael Finn – GreenBed trim production and order fulfillment
  • Thomas Van Denend – Durable GreenBed inventor and Gen. Mgr.
  • David Hudspeth – Production Labor Coordinator