PBS’s Growing a Greener World: Modern Homesteading

This week we were excited to watch a new episode on PBS’s “Growing a Greener World” about Modern Homesteading.   NW Bloom owner Jessi Bloom is one of two women featured talking about the work of raising eco-conscious families. Be sure to check out the interview below where Jessi talks about living a common-sense permaculture lifestyle, keeping chickens and making compost!

Watch here:  http://www.growingagreenerworld.com/modern-homesteading/

Jessi Bloom featured on the Modern Homesteading episode of Growing a Greener World.

Jessi Bloom featured on the Modern Homesteading episode of Growing a Greener World.

Spring is Coming!

Last week mother nature decided to begin her tease into the spring season.  It was 60 degrees and sunny through out the Puget Sound and everyone had huge smiles plastered across their faces.  Of course we then promptly received several feet of snow in the mountains and the temperature down here plummeted back down with the onset of clouds and rain.  That’s how spring seems to always begin – teasing us with little touches of light and life.  The garden is beginning to poke its head out and those little glimpses of color keep us feigning for more.  Hang on – she will be here soon!

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The crocus are out!

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The Fuki in our greenhouse and around the pond are starting their funky blooms.

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The first rhodie flowers of the season!

rhubarb

Yummy – the rhubarb is working it’s way up too.

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We have a bunch of seeds going! Kale and some other greens as well as some artichokes and rhubarb are awaiting their larger pots.

 

 

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!

2014 NW Flower & Garden Show

The Northwest Flower and Garden Show is here and there are some inspiring gardens on exhibit, and fun vendor booths to visit, as usual.  This year’s theme is “Art in Bloom” showcases local art pieces integrated into the gardens, in all sorts of forms.  The #NWFGS offers a huge concentration of free seminars and this year they range in topics from landscape design principles to different types of edible gardening to reusing scraps for garden art.

We will not have an exhibit or booth, though Jessi will be teaching at 4:15 p.m. Saturday in the Rainier Room, which if you haven’t heard her speak, you shouldn’t miss it!  Here are some pictures to help inspire you to brave the masses and attend this awesome event.  It will be worthwhile, we promise!

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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!

Need Garden Help or Knowledge?

It may be winter but everyone’s brains are beginning to spin with ideas for what they would like to happen in their gardens this upcoming season.  It’s always time to gather more knowledge and NW Bloom offers consultations for your yard and property, which is a wonderful way to pick an experts brain and get a perspective that you may not have had with your garden before.  As spring approaches rapidly our schedule is filling up and consultations are getting harder to come by, fortunately for all of us, Jessi shares her knowledge not only with individual clients, but with the public through a variety of venues and on a large number of gardening and sustainability topics.  You’ll be able to catch her this year speaking locally here in Washington as well as the Mother Earth News Fairs in NC, WA, PA, and KA!  All of the event sponsors offer classes on all different topics, be sure to check out our speaking events page to see if there is a topic that interests you.

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We’re Hiring!

It is that time of the year again looking forward to the upcoming season and realizing we need some more help!  Currently we are looking for people to join both our landscape maintenance and construction crew as well as some one to take over as office and nursery assistance.  If either of those positions sound appealing to you please send your resume, professional references and a few reasons why you think you’d be a good candidate to work with us.

Landscape Technician (Full Time)

Looking for a candidate able to work with landscape construction and maintenance teams who work on a variety of interesting projects. Prefer at least 1 year of landscaping experience with knowledge of various materials and tools. Must be reliable, possess the ability to take initiative, work alone or as a team. Must be able to lift 60 lbs and be able to work in all weather conditions. Horticultural (and organics or permaculture) education or knowledge preferred, but not required. Must have a valid WSDL and clean driving record. And most importantly must have an excellent attitude! 

Office / Nursery Assistant (Part Time)

NW Bloom Ecological Landscapes is looking for someone to join our team as an office and nursery assistant.    Ideal candidate would have 2+ years of office experience and have a horticulture background, nursery experience a plus.  Must be proficient with all MS office applications, social media, have excellent communication and organizational skills. Must be a self-starter with the ability to work independently and handle multiple priorities within a fast paced team atmosphere.  Most importantly, must have a great attitude and a passion for horticulture and ecological sustainability.

Pay: DOE and qualifications. We offer health insurance, Simple IRA, paid holidays, bonuses, training/educational opportunities and more.

Homebrew workshop Oct 26th

We are excited to announce the first of many workshops we will be hosting:  HOMEBREWING

Taught by Nick Strauss (AKA The Homebrew Husband) of NW Edible Life!

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Hops for beer growing on a fence in Kirkland, WA

Over the next few months we will be focusing on building a calendar of skill building workshops – everything from what to do with all the plants  in your garden – from canning to making herbal concoctions,  then, building raingardens and natural building projects – we are hoping to teach a wide variety of skills here at the NW Bloom farm.  Please stay tuned for more classes and let us know if you are interested in any particular topics.

OCTOBER 26th – Saturday 10:30-12:30 plus tasting <$25> Registration is required/Space is limited

Homebrewing is one of America’s fastest growing hobbies, combing the popularity of craft beer and rediscovery of the do-it-yourself home. What was once an obscure (and, indeed, illegal) hobby now boasts dozens of how-to books, iPad apps, online equipment retailers, and specialty gear ranging from one-gallon mini-fermenters to complete garage breweries with five figure price tags.

But brewing is more than gear and recipes, it is about making and tasting great beer and having fun while you are doing it. It is an art and a science, a creative outlet and a source of community, a sense of satisfaction and an opportunity to learn. Disentangle the surfeit of approaches and learn the fundamentals as veteran homebrewer and professional educator Nick Strauss takes you on a quick tour of the craft – and a tasting of the kind of products that can result:

· Survey global beer styles and how they influence the homebrew community
· Sample beer ingredients to experience how a homebrewer can create distinctive brews
· Learn brewing process and the variations available to homebrewers
· Slice through the confusion of equipment and techniques so you can start brewing in a way that fits your budget and your interests
· Explore several homebrewed (and commercially brewed, depending on what’s available) beers

Nick Strauss has been homebrewing for over ten years, creating his own recipes, experimenting with different techniques, and occasionally writing on the topic at the popular gardening, cooking, and homekeeping blog, Northwest Edible Life. He homebrews to get a creative break from his day job in business intelligence and to be a part of his family’s productive home.

Audience: Prospective and novice homebrewers or anyone interested in learning more about beer and how to make it!
Duration: Approximately two hours. A complimentary one-hour tasting and discussion will follow the event.

Going to Puyallup: The Mother Earth News Fair

We are excited to be involved at the Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup WA this weekend!  N.W. Bloom will be sharing a booth with Keep It Simple Farm, a new urban feed store in Redmond WA which opens on Father’s Day weekend!  Soon enough, I’ll be sure to fill you in on all of the great things they are up to and how we will be partnering with them in the very near future.   When I am not speaking and book signing (see schedule here for the times & stages I will be at), I will be hanging out in our booth #227 next to the GRIT stage.  Come by and say “Hello!”  We’re looking forward to having fun and seeing lots of familiar and friendly faces!

On the Road Again

This spring has been full of new interesting (and challenging) adventures.

As NW Bloom has wrapped up many exciting projects so far this spring, I have been in the middle of a whirlwind of activity since late January when my book was released.  Traveling, seminars and book signing have packed my normally chaotic spring schedule even more than usual and here I am about to head to the East Coast for a new leg in my book tour.  I’m off to Maryland and will hopefully have a chance to see the Capitol and other cool tourist attractions and even get some research done for my next book!  I’ll be speaking in a few different venues and for the schedule check here

Book signing at the 2012 San Francisco Garden Show (with messy Jessi hair)

One of these days when things settle down I will get around to writing and posting some pictures of my San Francisco/Bay Area trip, where I fell in love with so many gardens. There are so many inspiring people and places I visited and am looking forward to sharing.  I hope this trip will be just as great!