Desert Rain

Tom Elliott and his wife, Barbara, are green building pioneers, having recently completed their residential compound (Desert Rain) in Bend which strives to meet the Living Building Challenge, the most-stringent green building certification on the planet.

Prior to moving to Bend in 2006, Elliott resided in Montana for 30 years and worked as managing partner of the N-Bar Ranch, one of the West’s largest diverse cattle ranching operations. Under Elliott’s management, the N-Bar became one of the nation’s first large-scale certified organic farming operations and an exemplar of sustainable agriculture in the U. S. Tom is also a published author, guest speaker and public radio commentator. He is a board member of The Environmental Center in Bend and has been actively involved in promoting sustainable agriculture, green building and sustainable communities for over thirty years.