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 is now working on her second book with them about Practical Permaculture Design. Jessi sits on several advisory boards within the green industry and educational/environmental organizations; she is strongly committed to volunteering in the community. She has two boys and loves to play 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.
Tenney is a native of Bend, OR and grew up with the High Desert Museum as her playground where she gained an infinite love for the outdoors and all the creatures that inhabit it. She has been landscaping on and off again for the last 10 years and enjoys the hands on learning of working with the earth and bringing beauty and food into peoples gardens and lives. She can’t seem to stop taking classes and jumps on any interesting opportunity including currently pursuing her permaculture design certificate. She spends her time outside of work and school with her dogs playing in the mountains and on the rivers as well as teaching yoga and practicing massage.
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.
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. 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, 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.
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.
Rita connected with N.W. Bloom through a passion for permaculture and networking with a retired rollergirl. We are blessed to have her around the farm as one of our interns who is learning to master awesome plants, and all uses for them. She has a knack for animals and gardening, plus comes equipped with some other mad skills. When we need something done in high places, she is our girl since she been rock climbing since she was old enough to fit in a body harness and is still an avid climber outdoors over indoors any day she can. She has also trained in Brazilian jiujitsu, loves her 2 dogs and has been trying to find time in her busy life to fit in chickens…and bees.
Jennie, a born and raised Seattleite (Redmond specifically), jumped on the opportunity to join the N.W. Bloom team to sharpen her horticulture and permaculture knowledge base and tool set. Her tool belt currently holds strong technical business acumen with 8+ years of experience (and an MBA to tote) in project management and business development. She highly enjoys solving problems holistically in the business world and building solutions sustainably. She’s a “Jill of all trades” with an eagerness to learn and entrepreneurial spirit to create. In her free time, Jennie can be found at the dog park with her pups, hiking/snowboarding/sailing/
Breanna (Bre) Black - Nursery Intern
Bre has a lifelong dream of being a homesteader and has been excitedly pursuing the skills to make it a reality. She is currently enrolled in the Sustainable Agriculture program, SAgE, at Edmonds Community College where she is learning everything possible about urban farming. She found N.W. Bloom because she not only has a need to always be volunteering, but wants to combine that with learning how to create sustainable systems that will aid in getting people healthy fresh food. Essentially she’s on her path to saving the world! Bre is a do it yourself crafty individual who makes as many of her household material goods herself and is always picking up new knowledge, most recently how to make essential oils and soaps. In her little bit of free time you can find her delving into her newest book, playing with her kitties, or outside either exploring or helping out King County Search and Rescue.
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.
Our resident mini-roosters keep the brood of egg laying hens focused and in check. Guiding them to tasty treats and herding them around the farm ensuring they have an even coverage of compost deposits. At night they roost on the highest possible roost they can get to and are quite the snugglers. Gildaroy sounds a bit like R2-D2 when roaming around the farm and Fancy has such a mighty crow for a bantam you would think he was full size.
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!