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Speaking Events

If you are interested in having Jessi Bloom come speak at your event, check out this page for information such as topics, past venues and clients.

UPCOMING SPEAKING EVENTS:

April 21, 2014, 6:30 – 8:30 pm.  “Water Smart Shoreline Workshop for Landowners”.  Hosted by Seattle Tilth.  Center for Urban Horticulture’s Douglas Classroom.  3501 NE 41st St., Seattle, WA.  Seminar

April 22, 2014, 6:30 – 8:30 pm.  “Water Smart Shoreline Workshop for Landowners”.  Hosted by Seattle Tilth.  Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center.  1625 118th Ave. SE, Bellevue, WA. Seminar

April 23, 2014, “Natural Yard Care Workshop”.  Hosted by Snohomish County.  Meadowdale High School Great Hall. 6002 168th St. SW, Lynnwood, WA.  Private Contract, by invitation onlySeminar/Book Signing

April 29, 2014, “Natural Yard Care Workshop”.   Hosted by Snohomish County.  Eisenhower Middle School’s Cafeteria. 10200 25th Ave SE, Everett, WA.  Private Contract, by invitation only Seminar/Book Signing

May 6, 13 19, and 20 2014, 6:30 – 8:30 pm.  “Water Smart Shoreline Workshop for Landowners”.  Hosted by Seattle Tilth.  Seminar

May 9, 2014, 11:30am-12:30pm.  Backyard Wildlife Festival.  Hosted by the Cascade Water Alliance.  Tukwila Community Center. 12424 42nd Ave. S., Seattle, WA. Seminar/Book Signing

May 14, 2014, “Natural Yard Care Workshop”.  Hosted by Snohomish County.  North Creek Presbyterian Church’s Fellowship Hall. 621 164th St. SE, Mill Creek, WA. Private Contract, by invitation only.  Seminar/Book Signing 

May 31-June 1, 2014,  Mother Earth News Fair.  On various stages at various times speaking about chickens, permaculture and perennial edibles!  At Puyallup Fairgrounds, 110 9th Ave. SW, Puyallup, WA. Seminar/Book Signing

June 3 and 16, 2014, 6:30 – 8:30 pm.  “Water Smart Shoreline Workshop for Landowners”.  Hosted by Seattle Tilth.  Seminar

September 12-14.  Mother Earth News Fair. On various stages at various times speaking about chickens, permaculture and perennial edibles!  At Seven Springs Mountain Resort,  777 Waterwheel Drive, Seven Springs, Pa.  Seminar/Book Signing

September 18 – 21.  West Coast Women’s Permaculture Gathering.  Speaking about life, leadership and Permaculture.  At Camp Hamilton, 25405 Lake Frontal Rd, Monroe, WA.  Seminar/Book Signing

September 22, 2014. “Natural Yard Care Workshop”.  Hosted by Snohomish County.  Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 2111 117th Ave NE, Lake Stevens, WA.  Private Contract, by invitation onlySeminar/Book Signing

September 24, 2014.  “Natural Yard Care Workshop”.  Hosted by Snohomish County. Weston High School.  4407 172nd St NE.  Arlington, WA.  Private Contract, by invitation onlySeminar/Book Signing

September 30, 2014.  “Natural Yard Care Workshop”.  Hosted by Snohomish County.  Snohomish Senior Center.  506 Fourth Street.  Snohomish, WA.  Private Contract, by invitation onlySeminar/Book Signing

October 8, 2014. “Natural Yard Care Workshop”.  Hosted by Snohomish CountyMountlake Terrace Senior Center. 23000 Lakeview Dr. Mountlake Terrace, WA.  Seminar/Book Signing

October 25-26, 2014.  Mother Earth News Fair. On various stages at various times speaking about chickens, permaculture and perennial edibles!  Kansas Expocentre, One expocentre drive, Tobeka, KS.  Seminar/Book Signing

January 31, 2015.  Victoria Master Gardeners Association. Speaking on Permaculture.  Location TBD.  Sidney, British Columbia. Seminar/Book Signing

 

 ————————Past Events——————————–

April 12-13, Mother Earth News Fair. On various stages at various times speaking about chickens, permaculture and perennial edibles!  At Western North Carolina Agricultural Center. 1301 Fanning Bridge Road, Fletcher, NC. Seminar/Book Signing

April 3, 2014, 7pm. “Edible Landscapes for the Homeowner”.  Hosted by the Cascade Water Alliance. Skyway Water and Sewer District. 6723 South 124th Street, Seattle Seminar/Book Signing

March 13, 2014, 7pm. “Edible Landscapes”.  Hosted by the Cascade Water Alliance.  Tibbetts Creek Manor. 750-17th Ave. NW, Issaquah, WA. Seminar/Book Signing

March 6, 2014, 7pm. “Sustainable Garden Design”.  Hosted by Cascade Water Alliance.  Kirkland City Hall’s Peter Kirk Room, 123 5th Avenue, Kirkland, WA. Seminar/Book Signing

February 18, 2014, 9:30 – 10:15 ”Principles of Sustainable Design” and 10:30-11:45 ”Designing the Sustainable Site”.  EcoPro Training.  Clover Park Technical College, Tacoma.

February 15, 2014, 10am “What the Cluck?! Getting started with chickens and Gardening”. Swansons Nursery. 9701 15th Ave NW, Seattle, WA. Seminar/Book Signing

February 13, 2014, 7pm  “Edible landscapes for Homeowners”.  Hosted by Cascade Water Alliance.  Redmond Senior Center. 8703 160th Avenue NE, Redmond, WA. Seminar/Book Signing

Feb 8, 2014, 4:15pm “What the Cluck?! Getting started with chickens and Gardening”.  Rainier Room, Northwest Flower and Garden Show Seattle WA. Seminar/Book Signing

January 14, 2014, 11am “Have your Garden and Eat it too ~ Designing your Urban Homestead”. Hosted by Mill Creek Garden. Mill Creek, WA. Seminar/Book Signing

November 6, 2013, 7pm “Sustainable Garden Design” Hosted by Cascade Water Alliance at Trilogy Clubhouse Redmond, WA Seminar/Book Signing

November 6/7, 2013,  “Raingarden Training for professionals” Hosted by City of Everett, Snohomish Conservation District, WSU Extension  & 12,000 Raingardens in the Puget Sound, WA 

November 4, 2013, 7pm “Easy Peasy Edibles: Perennial Food Plants” Hosted by The City of Renton, Natural Yard Care Program Seminar/Book Signing

October 22, 2013 Green Gardening for Professionals IPM Workshop Keynote: “Principles of Sustainable Landscapes” Hosted by Cascadia & SPU Seminar

Sept 7, 2013, 7pm Fall Fling! Gardener Festival Hosted by OSU Master Gardeners Dallas, OR “What the Cluck?!” Seminar/Book Signing

September 20-23, 2013 ”What the Cluck?!” & ”Easy Peasy Edibles: Perennial Food Plants” Hosted By Mother Earth News Fair Seven Springs, PA  Seminar/Book Signing

October 2, 2013 Hosted by NW Perennial Alliance Deer Proofing your Garden North Bend, WA  Seminar

Aug 1st 2013, 6:30pm at CenterPlace in Spokane Valley ”What the Cluck?!” Hosted in City of Spokane, WA Seminar/Book Signing

June 11, 2013  “Food Forests for the Home Gardener” Hosted By Cascade Water Alliance Tibbets Creek Manor Issaquah WA 6-7:30 pm  Have you wanted to grow your own food but found it is too much work and takes too much of your time? Join award winning landscape designer Jessi Bloom talk about a permaculture concept which employs design strategies from nature, so you can grow easy peasy edibles that are low maintenance, resilient and sustainable.  Plant once & enjoy the harvest from your edible landscape for years.  She will cover basic food forest design and go over some of her favorite low maintenance edibles for the Pacific Northwest – all perennials! Seminar/Book Signing

June 8, 2013   Sustainable Garden Design Hosted By Cascade Water Alliance SPWSD 11:30 – 12:45pm Samammish Plateau Water & Sewer District Samammish WA. Landscapes and gardens offer a wealth of benefits if designed and managed well. Jessica will teach you how to look at your garden as an ecosystem and explore the possibilities to make your space more sustainable.   She will cover building healthy soils, good design and planning, as well as proper maintenance strategies to reduce work while preserving our natural resources. The class will go through the design process, how to choose plants and prioritize uses for your space. You’ll see examples of beautiful, sustainable landscapes for inspiration.  After taking this class you will have the tools to begin a journey towards making your own garden more sustainable.  Seminar/Book Signing

June 1-2, 2013  Hosted By Mother Earth News Fair Puyallup WA  NW Bloom will have a booth and Jessi will be speaking on both Saturday and Sunday on various stages at various times.. about chickens, permaculture and perennial edibles! Seminar/Book Signing

May 30, 2013 Edible Landscapes for the Homeowner” Hosted By Cascade Water Alliance Lake WA United Methodist Church Kirkland WA  6-7:30 pm Would you like to grow your own food but think it’s too much work or takes too much time? Join award- winning landscape designer Jessi Bloom and learn how to employ design strategies from nature, so you can grow easy peasy edibles that are low maintenance, resilient, and sustainable. Plant once and enjoy the harvest from your edible landscape for years. Jessi will cover basic food forest design and show her favorite low maintenance edibles for the Pacific Northwest. This class is guaranteed fun!    Seminar/Book Signing

May 22, 2013  “Structures, Maintenance and Opportunities for Rain Gardens and Bioretention Facilities” Webinar. Hosted by The Dept of Ecology. This will outline upcoming regulatory changes that will affect the use of LID, the dates regulatory changes take effect, the opportunities they present and the preparation required by landscape and nursery professionals to adopt LID.

May 4th, 2013  Edible Plant Sale Hosted By Seattle Tilth Seattle WA  Readers-to-Eaters Seminar/Book Signing  Speaker/Author Tent Noon

March 23, 2013  Hosted By Lions Literary Gala,  Bellevue WA Book Signing

March 20-22nd 2013  Hosted by San Fransisco Garden Show San Fransisco, CA Seminar/Book Signing

March 14th 2013 For design professionals: Country Animals + City Gardens  Hosted by APLDWA Location: 21 Acres  Many of our clients are taking the next step beyond vegetable gardens by incorporating chickens, bees, and even goats into their lives. These animals require specific environments to thrive and be productive. In this workshop, we will explore how to elegantly incorporate these increasingly popular small animals into city gardens.

March 7th 2013 “Principles of Sustainable Landscapes” Hosted by WSNLA and WALP. Located at South Seattle Community College WA State Sustainable Landscape Certification Jessi will be the opening presenter giving an overview of the BMP’s and a different perspective on how landscapes are designed, built and maintained.

Feb 20-24th 2013  Hosted By Northwest Flower and Garden Show Seattle WA 

  • Easy Peasy Edibles  Plant Once & Enjoy the Harvest for Years  Thurs, Feb 21 at 9:30 am / Hood Room Join landscape designer Jessi Bloom talk about her favorite low maintenance edibles for the Pacific Northwest – all perennials! Plant them once and enjoy the harvest for years to come, plus arrange them beautifully for a gorgeous edible landscape!
  • What the Cluck?! Everything You Need to Know for Chicken Gardening Sat, Feb 23 at 12:15 pm / Hood Room  Join best-selling author and designer Jessica Bloom as she helps you master the basics of how to integrate chickens into your garden, starting with chicken raising myth busters, to designing habitat for them and you to benefit from; Jessi Bloom, author of Free Range Chicken Gardens will also share her favorite top 10 chicken garden plants!” Seminar/Book Signing

Jan 30th 2013 “What the Cluck?!” Hosted by University of Washington Botanical Gardens

Jan 16th 2013 “Sustainable Garden Design” Private garden club event. Woodinville, WA

December 5th 2012  ‘Rainwise Gardening’ Trilogy Clubhouse Hosted by Cascade Water Alliance – Redmond,  WA

October 25th 2012  ‘Chickens in the garden’ Port Townsend Library Hosted By the City of Port Townsend Book Signing

Oct 17th 2012 6:30pm “Sustainable Gardening”  Location: 21 Acres Woodinville WA Hosted by the Cascade Water Alliance From low-maintenance, beautiful plants to delicious edibles, this class will cover strategies to create a thriving garden.  Learn how to work with your yard’s light, soil and water to create a healthy, nourished landscape.  You’ll also discover strategies that allow you to have a pesticide-free garden that is safe for families and pets.

October 20th 2012 Sat  Hosted By  KIS Farm Grand Opening- Redmond WA  Book Signing/Informal chicken info

July 28th 2012 Sat Hosted By the Bothell Feed Center – Bothell WA Book Signing

August 1st 2012 ‘Sustainable Gardening’  6:30pm  Trilogy Clubhouse Hosted by Cascade Water Alliance – Redmond,  WA Our landscapes and gardens can offer a wealth of benefits if designed and managed well: nutritious food grown for us and for wildlife, shelter and even bioremediation. We will look at our gardens as an ecosystem and explore the ways to make your space more sustainable.  What that entails: building healthy soils, good design and planning, as well as proper maintenance strategies to make less work for you and while preserving our natural resources.

June 2nd 2012 Sat  ‘Chickens in the garden’ Mother Earth News Fair Hosted By the Mother Earth News – Puyallup WA June 3rd – book signing at noon Come learn the basics of how to integrate chickens into your garden, starting with chicken raising mythbusters, to designing habitat for them and you to benefit from; Jessi Bloom, author of Free Range Chicken Gardens will also share her favorite top 10 chicken garden plants!” 

June 18th 2012 Sun  Hosted By  KIS Farm Father’s Day Opening- Redmond WA  Book Signing

July 7th 2012 Sat Hosted By Urban Craft Uprising – Seattle WA Book Signing

May. 14th 2012 Thurs Hosted By the Adkins Arboretum, Maryland Talk/book signing Chickens in the garden

May. 11th 2012 Sat Hosted By the Westminster Libary, Maryland  Talk/book signing Chickens in the garden

May. 10th 2012 Thurs “What the Cluck?! Part I: Introduction to keeping chickens in your garden”   Hosted by Brookside Gardens .Believe it or not – chickens can be trained, just like other pets. Jessica Bloom, teaches you how to share your own garden with your feathered egg-producing friends. Learn how to create a garden that integrates chickens and utilizes their many strengths which are beneficial to gardeners. Book signing to follow

May. 8th 2012 Thurs Hosted By the Redmond Garden Club – Private Residence  Chickens in the garden

April. 18th 2012 6-8pm “Sustainable Gardening”  Hosted by the City of Mill Creek Our landscapes and gardens can offer a wealth of benefits if designed and managed well: nutritious food grown for us and for wildlife, shelter and even bioremediation. We will look at our gardens as an ecosystem and explore the ways to make your space more sustainable.  What that entails: building healthy soils, good design and planning, as well as proper maintenance strategies to make less work for you and while preserving our natural resources.

April. 14th 2012 9am-noon “Sustainable Garden Design” Bastyr University Our landscapes and gardens can offer a wealth of benefits if designed and managed well: nutritious food grown for us and for wildlife, shelter and even bioremediation. We will look at our gardens as an ecosystem and explore the ways to make your space more sustainable.  What that entails: building healthy soils, good design and planning, as well as proper maintenance strategies to make less work for you and while preserving our natural resources.  We will walk through the design process and how to choose plants and prioritize for your space and look at examples of beautiful working examples of sustainable landscapes for inspiration.  After taking this class you will have the tools to begin a journey towards making your own garden more sustainable.

April 7th, Noon-1pm  “Creating a Beautiful, Chicken-Friendly Yard” Hosted by Molbaks Jessi will cover everything a gardener needs to know about integrating chickens into the garden, including chicken-keeping basics, her favorite chicken plants, and how chickens can benefit gardeners.

Mar 22nd & 23rd 2012 THUR/FRI “What the Cluck?! Part I & II  Hosted by the 2012 San Francisco Flower and Garden Show Believe it or not – chickens can be trained, just like other pets. Jessica Bloom, teaches you how to share your own garden with your feathered egg-producing friends. Learn how to create a garden that integrates chickens and utilizes their many strengths which are beneficial to gardeners. Book signing to follow

Mar. 3rd 2012 9am-noon “Sustainable Living: Keeping Chickens in Your Backyard” Bastyr University Discover the wonderful attributes of the most sustainable pet you can own – chickens!  Not only can you collect the most delicious eggs available fresh from your backyard, but the birds can also aid in garden chores and enrich your soil to make your garden healthier and more productive. Before getting started with your own micro-flock it is good to learn about the many options you have, from housing to breeds, and how to integrate them into your life and backyard. After taking this workshop you will have all the basics you need to start your own flock!

Feb. 10th 2012 Fri “What the Cluck?! Part I: Introduction to keeping chickens in your garden” 3:15pm Hood Room  Hosted by the 2012 Northwest Flower and Garden Show If you have ever thought about keeping chickens, or you DO keep chickens but want to solve some common problems, this is a must-see seminar for you. Join award-winning designer Jessica Bloom as she gets you started on the road to successful chicken keeping. Book signing to follow

Feb. 11th 2012 Sat “What the Cluck?! Part II: Great plant choices for gardening with  chickens” 1:30pm Hood Room  Hosted by the 2012 Northwest Flower and Garden Show This is a “great chicken plant picks”! Come and learn about the Top 10 must-have plants that you and your chickens will love!  Book signing to follow

Feb. 4th 2012 Sat ‘Keeping chickens in your backyard’ 10am Hosted by Sno-Isle Libraries Location: Brier Library Discover the wonderful benefits of the most sustainable pet you can own — chickens! Collect fresh eggs and enrich your soil. Jessi Bloom, author of “Free-Range Chicken Gardens,” will teach you about breeds, housing, and how to integrate them into your life and backyard.Book signing to follow

December 14th 2011 “The Fundementals of Permaculture Design” 9-4pm Hosted by WSNLA in Renton WA, Registration Info Here. Instructed with Dave Boehnlien of Terra Phoenix Design .  At this point permaculture is fast becoming a buzzword in the fields of green building and design. But what is it? In a nutshell, permaculture is a design process, much like architecture or engineering, in that it provides a framework for achieving a goal or solving a problem. However, permaculture design inherently focuses on solving problems within the context of ecological health, providing for human needs, and building resiliency. Therefore, you can use the permaculture design process to create more “sustainable” buildings, landscapes, and social systems. Permaculture can be equally applied to a rural farmstead, an urban lot, a city park, an apartment complex, or a bowling alley. In all cases permaculture’s “applied common sense” approach will help you meet client goals while acting as stewards of the earth. What’s more, it’s a lot of fun!  Join us while we spend a day exploring the permaculture design basics! We’ll get into permaculture definitions, ethics & principles as well as looking at some of the tools permaculturists use to create functional, integrated designs. We will also look at some examples of permaculture systems in action and showcase some “All-Star” permaculture plants for the Pacific Northwest. Finally, we’ll crack out the pens and paper and put some of this new information into practice with a design scenario. This session is intended to pique your interest and get you excited to learn more about the permaculture design system and explore how it fits into your business and life. You will walk away with a better understanding of permaculture design and a variety of resources that you can use to kick start your permaculture education.

November 8th 2011 “Managing a Natural Yard” noon-2pm Hosted by Snohomish County Natural Yard Care (Master Gardener Training Program) at the WSU Snohomish County Extension, Cougar Room, 600 128th St SE, Everett WA

Nov. 12th 2011 9am-noon “Rain Wise Gardening” Bastyr University Discover the many ways to manage and utilize rainwater on your property while bringing beauty to your landscape.  Be compelled to disconnect your downspouts and build up your soil so that stormwater infiltrates the landscape rather than allowing it to carry pollutants into our natural waterways. Explore the ins and outs of rain garden design (including how to select plants for your site), and view photos of rain gardens and bioswales that were designed to be highly effective as well as gorgeous.  Learn about water collection systems and the many different options, from cisterns to bladders.  See examples of permeable pavement options, and discuss the value of using them instead of traditional impervious materials. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how to incorporate many inexpensive, sustainable methods into your own yard as you do your part in saving our planet’s precious resource. Registration Info Here

Oct. 5th 2011 “Sustainable Garden Design” 7-8pm Hosted by the City of Renton at the Highland Community Center Registration info here  From low-maintenance gardens to edibles, this class will cover strategies to grow a self-sufficient garden. Learn how to work with factors in your yard such as light, soil, and water to design and plant a healthy, nourished landscape. Award-winning landscape designer and horticulturist Jessi Bloom is a Timber Press author and owner of N.W. Bloom EcoLogical Landscapes. Learn from Jessi how to design self-sufficient, pesticide-free garden spaces that are safe for families and pets to enjoy.

Oct. 5-6th 2011 “Professional Rain Garden Workshop” 9:30-4:30pm Hosted by WSU Kitsap Extension located at the Norm Dicks Building.  Jessi will be presenting from 11-12:30 on the 6th and talking about Costs and Installations -  labor, materials and equipment.

September 24, 10-11am  “Living & Gardening with Deer” Hosted by Molbaks: Join Jessi as she shares insight on deer behavior, the different barriers available, and smart plant choices for great, deer-resistant garden designs. Hear which plants deer find irresistible and which trees, shrubs, perennials, and grasses are less tempting.  Be inspired by images of fantastic gardens which are also deer-resistant.

March 11, 2011 Friday “Sustainability That Works! Landscapes in Transition” Hosted by:Lake Washington Technical College Environmental Horticulture program Location: LWTC West Building Auditorium Sponsored by: Keep It Simple, , ROSE (Redmond Organization for Shared Environments), Sustainable Redmond, and COOL (Coalition of Organic Landscape Professionals) Stimulating “down to earth” information on the future of working with landscapes, provided in an active and interactive seminar. Jessica will be one of the panelists, sharing her experiences and what works in the field for her design/build company. More information at: www.gardeningwithmicrobes.com

Feb. 26th 2011 Sat “What the Cluck?! Gardening with  chickens” 5pm Rainier Room  Hosted by the 2011 Northwest Flower and Garden Show Believe it or not – chickens can be trained, just like other pets. Jessica Bloom, designer the 2010 show garden, “A Family’s Little Farm in the City,” winner of the People’s Choice Award along with 5 other awards, teaches you how to share your own garden with your feathered egg-producing friends. Learn how to create a garden that integrates chickens and utilizes their many strengths which are beneficial to gardeners.

Feb 25th 2011 Friday “Have your garden and eat it too! ~ Design strategies to maximize space function and Resources” 5:15pm Hosted by the 2011 Northwest Flower and Garden Show Designer Jessica Bloom’s 2010 award-winning show garden, “A Family’s Little Farm in the City,” demonstrated how to maximize the potential of a small urban space to provide food and play for a family.  Her inspiring “urban homestead” won 5 major awards at the show, Including the People’s Choice Award, for its creative use of space and inventive ways to include chickens, goats, edible landscaping, conservation, outdoor living and much more.  Now she shares her design strategies so you too can create a garden that helps you live sustainable – and beautifully – in the city or a small suburban plot.  Think you can’t have it all in a small space? Think again! Jessica shows you how to set priorities and squeeze it all in so you can have your own little farm, no matter where you live.

Jan. 13 2011 Landscapes Outside the Box Design Inspiration from Context and Constraint 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Hosted by APLD – WA Chapter at the Center for Urban Horticulture, NHS Hall, Seattle, WA.  Jessica Bloom will be a panelist during the symposium, who will share creative ways that her designs have reached beyond the limits of what we think of as the typical landscape design process.

Oct. 19th, 2010 “Sustainable Landscapes” 6pm – 7:30pmHosted by NW Eco-Building Guild and Seattle Parks “Greening your House” at the Meadowbrook Community Center  10517 35th Ave NE, Seattle WA 98125 Learn how to transform your existing landscape to become more sustainable with landscape professional Jessica Bloom who has lead an environmentally responsible landscape design/build firm for over 10 years

Oct. 16th 2010 “RainWise Gardens” 10:30am -11:30am Hosted by the City of Renton at the Renton Community Center  Download Flier Learn to manage and utilize stormwater on your property while bringing beauty to your landscape.  Landscape designer and horticulturist Jessica Bloom is the owner of N.W Bloom EcoLogical Landscapes.  Jessica has received numerous awards for environmental and horticultural work done in our region, including 7 at the recent 2010 NW Flower and Garden Show as well as the Governors Award for Sustainable Practices from the Dept of Ecology.  Come listen to Jessica share her expertise and discuss rain gardens, cisterns, and other methods to celebrate the rain!