Thriving in the business of Earth repair.
Jessi Bloom is a business founder and owner, ecological designer, arborist, consultant, author, speaker, and dedicated Earth steward. In this episode we hear Jessi's story of how she built her successful 18-year-old Permaculture landscaping company and get advice for people who want to earn their livelihood doing beneficial work for the planet. Jessi has a lot of wisdom to share about how to communicate ecological concepts to mainstream society, and how to build relationships with clients and earn a good reputation.
To find out more about Jessi, read from her bio below these links:
Jessi and Andrew Millison are teaching a course called "Designing Sacred Landscapes" at Breitenbush Hotsprings in Oregon from July 16-21, 2017. Find out more info at http://www.permaculturerising.com/single-post/2016/01/18/Designing-Sacred-Landscapes
Jessi is a NW native and comes from a strong background of horticulture and environmental sciences. 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 an ethical 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. She travels nationwide as a speaker and is the best-selling author of Free-Range Chicken Gardens and Practical Permaculture Design. (Timber Press 2015) currently working on her 3rd book about designing sanctuary. Jessi’s work has gotten press and been featured in many national and local media outlets from the NY Times, Better Homes & Gardens, Sunset Magazine, DISNEY, Martha Stewart Living, Mother Earth News, UTNE Reader, Fine Gardening Magazine and PBS’s Growing a Greener World TV.
Jessi is strongly committed to volunteering in the community and sits on several advisory boards within the green industry and educational/environmental organizations; hoping to empower people, also raising industry standards, and recently helping to develop the EcoPro program for WA State. 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, traveling or writing, she enjoys the outdoors: snowboarding, hiking, running, biking and stays strong with Olympic weightlifting.