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The Team

jessi bio smallJessi Bloom – Owner, Lead Designer/Consultant

Jessi is a Pacific N.W. native and comes from a strong background of horticulture and environmental science. Her early experience ranged in project management, from organizing restoration projects with community volunteers, to high-end residential and commercial landscape design/build. In early 2000, she decided to start a business in the green industry to fill a niche for organic and ecological landscaping. Her leadership combined with her artistic design talents have brought N.W. Bloom numerous environmental awards. She is passionate about animals, permaculture and making functional gardens beautiful. Jessi is now a best-selling author of Free-Range Chicken Gardens published by Timber Press and has a second book with them about Practical Permaculture Design which will hit bookstores Fall 2014. Jessi sits on several advisory boards within the green industry and educational/environmental organizations; she is strongly committed to volunteering in the community and raising industry standards. She has two boys and spends time with them around their little farm, with a handful of animals and gardens to look after.  When she is not helping others with their gardens or writing, she enjoys the outdoors: snowboarding, hiking, running and biking.

Susan McKinley – Accounts Manager

Susan is passionate about the environmental aspects of the company and has been managing accounts with N.W. Bloom since 2007. Her background in the field goes back several decades and her personal hobbies include gardening, fishing and spending time with her husband Mike, all 12 of her grandchildren and spoiling Spanky, the office dog.

 

 

IMG_8873Zac Kopra – Project Manager

Zac manages N.W. Bloom’s construction projects and maintenance division.  A die hard Husky, Zac got his Resource Management degree from the Washington School of Forestry and was also one of the first in the field to receive the Washington Sustainable Landscape Professional certification called EcoPRO.  Always furthering his knowledge base he has also achieved the Master Pruner certification from Plant Amnesty.  He has been with us since 2008, enjoys being outside working hard and constantly learning new things.  He is passionate about his family and his job and enjoys sports, hiking, gardening, fishing, reading and spending time with his wife and kids.  Jessi calls him “mud paw” – just be sure to ask him why!

Fernando Lopez – Construction Lead

Fernando, or Ferny, has been with N.W. Bloom for since 2009 and leads the crew during all construction installations and landscape renovations. He enjoys the art of masonry, building arbors and water features.  Fernando prefers the cold weather, loves to play basketball, soccer and spending time with his wife and 2 kids.

 

 

IMG_8832Cruz Gonzalez – Maintenance Crew

Cruz, or Cruzie, has been with us since 2010 and is one of the teams’ pranksters. He enjoys building paver and flagstone patios and is the crew strongman. This little guy packs some big power! In his spare time he likes to play soccer and watching his favorite team, Barcelona, win. He most enjoys spending time with his sons and daughter and we are pretty sure he is an excellent dancer but he won’t admit it.

 

 

Spanky – Office Dog

This excitable Staffy Bull Terrier pup greets guests enthusiastically when they visit the office. He is also known as the resident foot warmer and has many jobs around the farm, but his favorite job (by far) is being a snuggle bug. He loves to chase off pesky garden rodents, insects, Frisbees and his tail in his spare time.

 

 

 

 

RockyRocky – The Ninja Farm Cat

This silly tabby likes to do yoga in the lawn (we’re not kidding) and his impressive ninja skills ensure that any trespassers are surprised and well alerted to his skills – watch your legs! He keeps a watch over the farm and his mad hunting abilities keep all pest rodents in check. Rocky has a knack for herding the poultry out of gardens and can be found spending much of his time near the catmint; rolling in it, eating it, and hugging it. He always smells delicious!