The Makers


Ned Lawton - founder & cidermaker
Michelle Lawton - founder

Following their entrepreneural spirits, Ned and Michelle relocated separately to the Bay Area. Ned joined a tech start-up in Silicon Valley and Michelle pursued her vision for an early childhood program that would later become Stretch The Imagination Preschool. Shortly thereafter destiny put these two freespirits together at a Guardsmen charity event.  A year later they were married and soon after were blessed with two beautiful children.  All along they were compelled to find ways to better connect their family and friends to nature.  In the spring of 2013, Ned and Michelle had a chance to make their dreams a reality when they purchased a small heirloom apple farm on the outskirts of Sebastopol.  It's here at the their farm that the vision to create a true, working Cidery came to life. Growing organic, heirloom apples that would be  crafted into distinctive Ciders became what is now known as Ethic Ciders. 

Ryan Johnston - orchardist & cidermaker

As a storyteller, soil steward and restless solution seeker, Ryan believes a sustainable future must be both delicious and fulfilling. Growing up in west Sonoma County with a big garden and a lot of time immersed in the wildlands, Ryan’s love of living systems has deep roots. Through his work with the Daily Acts Organization and the Permaculture Skills Center, Ryan has been an educator, community organizer, project manager and designer. With Ethic he weaves background in ecological problem-solving with his zeal for craft beverages and heirloom apples. From the orchard to the glass, Ryan is involved in just about everything. If you want to geek out about apples, exchange fly fishing stories, or vision the emerging future, Ryan’s your man to grab a glass.