Coming Soon: Tales from the N.W. Bloom Crew

We are super excited to share a fun little trailer we made.  Our 1st movie, about what to expect… coming soon: Video (on youtube), Newsletter (sign up here), new speaking events and employment opportunities!

New Book Release: Practical Permaculture for the Home Landscapes, Your Community and the Whole Earth

Practical Permaculture by Jessi Bloom and Dave Boehnlein

Practical Permaculture by Jessi Bloom and Dave Boehnlein

Early in 2012, Jessi started collaborating and working on this book Practical Permaculture for Home Landscapes, Your Community and the Whole Earth (Feb 4th 2015) with co-author Dave Boehnlien, Education Director at the Bullock Permaculture Homestead and founder of Terra Phoenix Design as well as the incredibly talented illustrator Paul Kearsley of Homestead Habitats!   We can’t wait to share this with the world and have many speaking/teaching engagements planned this year all over the country.  Check out the Event Page for a schedule.

 

 

An exciting year ahead!

It’s only February but it is already shaping up to be a busy and very exciting year.  N.W. Bloom and Jessi have been making their way into the media all over the place.  A few of our gardens are going to be featured in Better Homes and Gardens this spring, so keep your eyes open!

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We are thrilled to have our spring filling up with some fun installations that include native plantings, restoration, rain gardens and of course, edible gardens.

Fine Gard interview

Recently, Jessi got to sit down with Fine Gardening magazine’s Chief Editor Steve to talk about the importance of permaculture and sustainability.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One of Jessi’s designs is in new book by Niki Jabbour, “Ground Breaking Food Gardens, 73 plans that will change how you grow your garden“.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While Jessi is going to be teaching all over the place this spring some upcoming highlights include:

A complete list of speaking events can be found on our speaking events page.  We hope that you are as excited as we are for this upcoming season.  Whether it’s in the field or in a classroom we hope to see you soon!

Eco Pro Certification

We are coming into the second year of the WSNLA‘s Sustainable Landscape Professional Certification, now called EcoPro.   Jessi will once again be the opening speaker and teaching sustainable design for the February training.  Zac and Jessi are maintaining their certifications through continued education, and, of course, a deeply ingrained practice of implementing sustainable practices in all of NW Bloom’s designs, construction, and maintenance.  As the industry continues to shift towards more ecological and sustainable practices it’s essential to have credibility to escape “green-washing” and continue to increase the public’s knowledge on the subject, and the EcoPro Certification does just that.

An EcoPro Certified Individual demonstrates a knowledge and practice of the following principles:

• Protect and Conserve Soils
• Conserve Water
• Protect Water and Air Quality
• Protect and Create Wildlife Habitat
• Conserve Energy
• Sustain Healthy Plants
• Use Sustainable Methods and Materials
• Protect and Enhance Human Health and Well-being

The upcoming training will be held at Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood, WA. and will run February 18-21st.  You can find more information on what it takes to be an EcoPro Certified Sustainable Landscape Professional on the WSNLA’s website.  You can  also read about the process of creating this certification on a blog post before last year’s training here.  If you know anyone that would benefit from this training please let them know so that we can continue to add to the credibility of our profession and our practices.  Register Here!

Find us at the 2013 Fairs!

We have had a busy spring and are gearing up for having a booth at several Puget Sound fairs selling plants and Jessi will be speaking at a few of the events. These are all fun, educational, family friendly events and we hope to see some of you there!

May 19thCelebration of Food Festival!  Lynnwood WA Booth #47

June 1st & 2nd  – The Mother Earth News Fair  in Puyallup.  Booth# 225
Check out the
List of Workshops and Speakers!  Jessi is in the line up both days.
Hours are Sat 9am to 7pm and Sun 9am to 6pm.

June 7th, 8th & 9thSorticulture Fair! in Everett ,WA Booth # 174

July 27th  Solar Fest in Shoreline WA

One of Jessi’s seminars at the 2012 Mother Earth News Fair had standing room only!

Washington State’s NEW Sustainable Landscape Certification!

We are very excited about a new statewide certification program for landscape professionals here in Washington that is about to launch next month.  I’m personally very proud to have had a hand in helping see it come to life with a team of leaders within the green industry.  For well over a year now, a small, dedicated group of us have sat on an volunteer advisory board helping to create the BMP’s and standards for this program.  During this time, we met regularly pouring over and comparing other programs in the nation and having lengthy discussions around all of the topics at hand.  This certification has been in the making for a while and is quite monumental in that all of the organizations who have collaborated and come together to raise the bar in our industry.  Those who volunteered their time to be involved and on that board included:

Advisory Board:ACADEMIA

Affiliations

Don Marshall, CPH Horticulture instructor, Lake Washington Institute of Technology; design practitioner

Assn. of Professional Landscape Designers

WA Chapter–American Society of Landscape Architects

WSNLA

WALP

International Society of Arboriculture

Coalition of Organic Landscape Professionals

Sports Turf Management Assn.

WA Native Plant Society

UW Botanic Gardens

Building Owners & Managers Assn.

Sustainable Sites

EnviroStars

Van Bobbitt, ISA Horticulture instructor, S. Seattle Community College
PUBLIC SECTOR
David McDonald Educator, Seattle Public Utilities
Barb DeCaro Public grounds practitioner, Seattle Parks and Recreation
PRIVATE SECTOR (LANDSCAPING & NURSERY)
Jessi Bloom, CPH Residential contractor specializing in organic landscape design/build/maintenance, NW Bloom Eco-Logical Landscapes
Will Bailey, CLT, CLP, ISA Commercial contractor, Signature Landscape Services
Ladd Smith Residential contractor, In Harmony Sustainable Landscape Services
Lisa Port, APLD Designer, Banyon Tree Design Studio
Jeff van Lierop Nursery wholesaler, Country Green

Partners: King County EnviroStars, Seattle Public Utilities, WA State Nursery & Landscape Association (WSNLA), WA Association of Landscape Professionals (WALP), Cascade Water Alliance, Tacoma Water District

The first training and test is being held this March at South Seattle Community College and registration info can be found here    through WSNLA.  The registration is almost full – so pass this along quickly to anyone who may be interested!  There are links to the required reading material as well as prerequisites to register.

I am excited to be the kickoff presenter for the training and our Project Manager Zac Kopra will be among the first class going through the training.  We hope to see you there!