Katie Stemp

Katie Stemp

Katie is the founder and owner of Seattle Farm School andrecently moved from West Seattle to Puyallup with her husband and 3 kids, and loves dreaming up new ideas to bring our community together and celebrate life in all its' goodness. Born and raised in Ballard, some of her fondest memories from childhood are summer days picking berries and making jam with her mom and three sisters. She teaches sewing, quilting, childrens gardening and co-teaches emergency preparedness with Pam Linxweiler. She's excited to bring all these great skills and amazing teachers to you! 

Katie is also the President and a founding board member of the Urban Homestead Foundation, which is creating a community gathering and educational space based on urban agriculture in the West Seattle community. Check out their great project at: www.UrbanHomesteadFoundation.org

Kellie Phelan

Kellie Phelan

After moving from New England in 2012, Kellie found Seattle to be the perfect home for her passions - community, environment, and modern-day homesteading. She loves connecting with people, she's passionate about the environment, and she spends her free time gardening, canning, or knitting.

Kellie's background is in environmental consulting and operations management, which makes her a perfect match to be Seattle Farm School's Managing Director. Kellie is responsible for class programming (have an idea for a topic? drop her a line!) and planning our annual Urban Farm Tour

On the weekends, you can find Kellie exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her husband and dog in their '91 Vanagon, finding water to swim in during the summer and hills to telemark ski on in the winter. 

Dakota Keene

Dakota Keene

Dakota Keene is a Seattle native and her love for the natural world was cultivated as a child running around in the northwest woods, swimming in mountain creeks, and hiking the sagebrush steppe in Eastern Washington. Her love of design and nature brought her to the profession of landscape architecture and she has been practicing since 2003 at Mithun. Finding ways to connect people to nature is her life work, especially in the urban context, and finding ways to empower people to create gathering, contemplation, beauty, AND production in their spaces, is one of her passions. She is a mini-farm enthusiast, new chicken mama (and actual mama of a couple of fledgling urban farmers) and an aspiring composter (just got to 100 degrees the other day, finally). Dakota has served on the Executive Committee of the Washington Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Homeless Place of Remembrance Committee, and the Friends of Seattle’s Olmsted Parks Board of Directors.

Neal Chism

Neal Chism

Neal has lived in Seattle since 1989. He is an engineer with 35 years experience in a wide range of projects ranging from aerospace systems engineering, aerial photography support for environmental issues in Puget Sound for customers like NOAA Fisheries, a one man clean-up machine for marine debris rowing around on the Duwamish Waterway, owner of an independent controls engineering consulting business, a serious DIY tinkerer, and machinist in the home workshop. Born in the midwest on a farm, Neal is also a very busy backyard "urban" farmer, and beekeeper. In his spare moments he likes to work on his old sailboat and take it sailing on Elliott Bay. 

Lilly Everett

Lilly Everett

Lilly Everett is a gardener and crafter living in White Center with her husband, cat, dog and chickens. She’s been sewing for over 20 years and in that time has made many home décor items and a couple of quilts, but her main focus is garment sewing. She’s been featured in Simply Sewing Magazine twice and her biggest sewing accomplishment to date was her wedding dress in 2014. You can check out Lilly’s garden and craft projects at Rake and Make.

Aaron Armstrong

Aaron Armstrong

Permaculture, and the question of how we can form a regenerating and more holistically-minded society, has been the core of who Aaron is since he started working at age 12 in a neighbor’s garden. Aaron hails from the Pacific Northwest and spent years travelling abroad and working on Japanese tea farms. Following those experiences, Aaron committed himself to education and continued working on Permaculture, including living and working on a small urban farm in North Seattle called Wallingfarm. In 2016, Aaron joined his friend and fellow respected landscape designer Kimberly Leeper in creating a new tool for change called Oasis Edible Naturescapes. Through Oasis, Aaron is able to continue learning and educating the community and is empowered to make the change towards a more regenerative society through exciting urban landscape designs and installations. Aaron also dedicates his time to supporting the Northwest Permaculture Convergence, an annual Permaculture conference, by serving on its board.

Jeremy Puma

Jeremy Puma

Jeremy Puma is Certified in Holistic Landscape Design from Bastyr University. He received his Permaculture Design Certificate through Bastyr and the Permaculture Institute of North America. He is Co-Editor of, and Writer at Invironment, an online publication dedicated to Food, Farming, and the Environment. Jeremy also writes and edits Wild Foraging, a serial publication dedicated to edible weeds and wild plants.

Jeremy grew up on a citrus farm in North Florida, and has also has also been a DJ, an indie puppeteer, a kitchen boy at a terrible pizza joint, a cook at a British pub, a priest-in-training, a member of the Stuckist art movement, a professional Tarot reader, a tour guide at the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park, a cubicle monkey for Amazon.com, and an organizer for a tech union, among other things.

After moving to Seattle in 1998 and falling in love with plants, he eventually found his way to Permaculture and never looked back. He has a beautiful wife and a giggly little son.
More information about Jeremy can be found on his personal website, www.pumaculture.com.

Kimberly Leeper

Kimberly Leeper

Kimberly has been a Seattlite for 22 years. She is an educator, permaculture designer, plant and wildlife enthusiast who specializes in Pacific NW native plants, beneficial wildlife habitat, and food forests/edible forest gardens. Kimberly has a diverse background, including school psychology; teaching and learning with children and adults in schools and woods; community organizing for collaborative emergency preparedness; volunteering with community gardens and plant-related endeavors, including the Beacon Food Forest for past 5 years; and leading a sustainable landscaping company - Mariposa Naturescapes (2005 - 2016) and Oasis Edible Naturescapes (2016 to present with co-owner, Aaron Armstrong). Kimberly loves inspiring people to think more holistically about their landscapes and the planet, and create an oasis with lots of foraging opportunities!

Chris Coburn

Chris Coburn

Chris Coburn is the Chief Briner at Seattle Pickle Company. Chris was born in Seattle and grew up in the Queen Anne Hill neighborhood. He got his first introduction to canning and preserving when his family would venture out to pick your own farms in the Puget Sound region. They would bring this fresh picked produce home and preserve their harvest so that they could enjoy the local bounty year round. Chris started Seattle Pickle Company to share this experience with the local growing population of Seattlites. 

Demarus Tevuk

Demarus Tevuk

Demarus is devoted to defining environmental ethics and sustainable behavior through the Native American perspective. Much of her knowledge comes from growing up on the Alaskan tundra and among Native American communities across the continent. She earned her Environmental Studies degree from UW in 2015 and enjoys writing and forming relationships with community leaders. Demarus works as an environmental program liaison at Crown Bees, a mason and leafcutter bee company in Woodinville.

Demarus is also an avid fiber arts enthusiast who stubbornly learned how to knit from a book at the age of 13. Her lifelong love of knitting, weaving, spinning fiber into yarn, and sewing has been supported by an amazing network of teachers and masters of fiber arts. She loves to pick wild berries and traditional 'greens,' make jam, and learn.

Randee Orion

Randee Orion

Randee is a gardener trained by her mama from before she could put on her own rubber boots. Now Randee is a newly turned experimental urban farmer, with few ideas too whacky to try. She lives in West Seattle with her husband, two old dogs, two young daughters, her first flock of chickens, a tub full of worms, 361 crochet hooks, her grandmother's knitting needle collection, three sewing machines and too many 'just one more' pieces of fabric purchases. Randee's children are almost always wearing at least one piece of clothing made by her and covered in either dirt and/or some sort of front yard snack foraging juices. Each year Randee digs up a little more sod and plants a little more food, aiming to turn her front and back yard into perennial food growing power houses. 

Holly Briscoe

Holly Briscoe

Holly comes from a long line of farmers. She grew up visiting her grandparents and aunts and uncles on their family farms and it made perfect sense that she would go on to attend college at a small farm school in western North Carolina. Holly sees urban farming as a natural extension of her roots.

Krista Staudacher

Krista Staudacher

Krista has a passion for edible gardening and teaching other families how simple and fun it can be!  She is a Master Gardener and holds a certificate in Permaculture Design. Her West Seattle Homestead makes the perfect onsite classroom where she holds most of her classes for Seattle Farm School. In addition to gardening she loves canning, baking and raising chickens. She is a mom of two kids, Penelope and Maddox. She owns Terraganics Living, a company offering edible garden coaching, planning, and raised beds.