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
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.
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!
While Jessi is going to be teaching all over the place this spring some upcoming highlights include:
- The Mother Earth News Fair in North Carolina in April, Puyallup at the end of May, Pennsylvania in September and Kansas in October
- The Backyard Wildlife Festival in Tukwila the second weekend of May.
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!
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!
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 19th – Celebration of Food Festival! Lynnwood WA Booth #47
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:
|Don Marshall, CPH||Horticulture instructor, Lake Washington Institute of Technology; design practitioner||
Assn. of Professional Landscape Designers
WA Chapter–American Society of Landscape Architects
International Society of Arboriculture
Coalition of Organic Landscape Professionals
Sports Turf Management Assn.
WA Native Plant Society
UW Botanic Gardens
Building Owners & Managers Assn.
|Van Bobbitt, ISA||Horticulture instructor, S. Seattle Community College|
|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!