KEYNOTE SPEAKER - Jessi Bloom
Jessi Bloom is a best-selling author, award-winning ecological landscape designer, and speaker. She founded N.W. Bloom EcoLogical Services, based near Seattle, which is known as an innovator and leader in the field of permaculture design, sustainable construction and land management. Her work has been recognized by government agencies, green industry organizations, and makes headlines in national media.
Her work as a designer and teacher is also shared with non-profits and schools and includes teaching wellness for the body, mind and soul. She lives near Seattle with her three kids on their permaculture homestead, which is full of functional gardens and rescue animals.
Her first best-selling book, Free-Range Chicken Gardens (Timber Press 2012), has been praised for being informative and inspiring, changing the way people integrate animals into their landscapes. She also co-authored the best-selling Practical Permaculture (Timber Press 2015) and The Wetland Handbook: A Community Guide to Growing Native Plants (King Conservation District, 1998). Her latest book, Creating Sanctuary: Sacred Garden Spaces, Plant-Based Medicine, and Daily Practices to Achieve Happiness and Well-Being, was just released by Timber Press in the fall of 2018. Jessi’s work has appeared nationally in Better Homes and Gardens, Sunset, NY Times, Fine Gardening, PBS’s “Growing a Greener World TV”, Martha Stewart Living, Mother Earth News and many other large media outlets.
Recognition and accolades for her work include awards from the Washington State Department of Ecology, the American Horticultural Society, Pacific Horticulture magazine, Sunset magazine, the WSNLA, and WALP. Jessi has built many popular display gardens at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show, winning gold medals.