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Jessi Bloom

Owner, NW Bloom, author, Free-Range Chicken Gardens and co-author, Practical Permaculture Design

Jessi Bloom is a best-selling author, award-winning ecological landscape designer, and speaker. She owns N.W. Bloom EcoLogical Landscapes, based near Seattle, which is known as an innovator and leader in the field of permaculture design, sustainable construction and land management. Her work has been recognized by government agencies, green industry organizations, and makes headlines in national media. Her work as a designer and teacher is also shared with non-profits, schools and includes teaching wellness for the body, mind and soul. She lives near Seattle with her two sons on their permaculture homestead, which is full of functional gardens and rescue animals. Her first best-selling book Free-Range Chicken Gardens (Timber Press 2012) has been praised for being informative and inspiring, changing the way people integrate animals into their landscapes. She also co-authored best-selling Practical Permaculture (Timber Press 2015) and The Wetland Handbook: A Community Guide to Growing Native Plants (King Conservation District, 1998). Her latest book, Creating Sanctuary: Sacred Garden Spaces, Plant-Based Medicine, and Daily Practices to Achieve Happiness and Well-Being, will be released by Timber Press this fall. Jessi’s work has appeared nationally in Better Homes and Gardens, Sunset, NY Times, Fine Gardening, PBS’s “Growing a Greener World TV”, Martha Stewart Living, Mother Earth News and many other large media outlets. Recognition and accolades for her work includes awards from the Washington State Department of Ecology, the American Horticultural Society, Pacific Horticulture magazine, Sunset magazine, the WSNLA, and WALP. Jessi has built many popular display gardens at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show winning Gold medals.


What the Cluck? Getting Started on Keeping Chickens

Many gardeners are realizing the healthiest garden systems emulate nature, and include animals. They are taking the next step beyond vegetable gardens to incorporate “gateway livestock” and keeping chickens is often the first step. Animals and plants have specific relationships and needs, in order to thrive and be productive together. Best-selling author Jessi Bloom will teach the basics of how to beautifully incorporate chickens into a home garden.

Thursday, Feb 8 at 4:15 pm / Hood Room / Book signing to follow

The Homegrown Apothecary

Join Jessi Bloom for this seminar in the basics of creating your own plant medicine. She will walk through the steps in designing your own apothecary at home, including how to process and store plants and when to use them for everyday healing—whether you are stressed, have achy joints or want restful sleep. Jessi will share some of her favorite plants and design tips, so you too can use plants from your own garden to nourish your body, mind and soul.

Friday, Feb 9 at 4:15 pm / Hood Room / Book signing to follow

GARDEN 101: Win The War on Weeds

Weeds: Love ‘Em, Hate ‘Em & Eat ‘Em!

Weeds—every garden has them; every gardener wants to get rid of them. In this must-see seminar three garden pros tell you how to ID your weeds, how to prevent them, and even how to eat them! Garden coach Robin Haglund helps you differentiate and tackle “naughty naturalizer” invasive weeds from many great native plants that often pop up unexpectedly. Author Mary-Kate Mackey talks about living mulches—beautiful groundcovers that will work with your existing plants to hold moisture and block unwanted weeds. Finally, designer Jessi Bloom gives you the ultimate guide to getting a grip on your weeds—eating them. She will also be sharing ideas on how to make the most of them, as medicinal and culinary herbs. No matter what your weed problems are, here are three seminars that will get you closer to winning the war on weeds!

Sunday, Feb 11 at 2:15 pm / Rainier Room / Book signing to follow