Besides getting friends together to cook with local ingredients, Brix likes to play music and board games. His favorite game is Agricola, where players try to create sustainable housing and the most diversified farm with limited materials. His housemate Matthew Merins says the only time Brix loses is when they play with a certain friend--one who's a real farmer.
Agricola is "a lesson in time and resource management strategy," explains Merins. Even if it is just a game, Ann Arborites might be reassured that the city's energy programs manager is a champion.
[Originally published in January, 2010.]