Katie Stemp

Katie Stemp

Katie is the founder and owner of Seattle Farm School and lives in West Seattle 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

Kelli Thomas

Kelli Thomas

My favorite color is rainbow, I hate glitter, and I sew in a coat closet. Crafting and making have always been in my DNA but I really embraced my own talents about ten years ago, when I started a family. Since then, I have been regularly making things with fabric and yarn for my family and friends and for sale to strangers. I love coming up with my own ideas and patterns and showing others how easy it can be.

I worked at a family “teaching” farm in Virginia for a short time before moving to Seattle and I strongly support the idea of teaching basic homemaking type skills to people of all ages because it is so important for people to know how to do practical things and to pass that knowledge and skill on to the next generation.

While in Virginia I taught crochet to children and adults at Joann Fabrics, had regular sewing parties where I taught, and helped everyone make, a quick and easy start to finish project. My original patterns were published in the 2014 “Crochet a Day Calendar” and I have successfully taught both of my children (under ten) how to crochet, knit, embroider, and machine sew, among other things.

I crochet or sew nearly everyday; as well as regularly work on other random crafty projects initiated by my two young and exhaustively creative daughters; while our small and lazy dogs Walter, Carl and Boyd cheer us on by napping on our fabric and tangling themselves in our yarn.

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. Kellie is an active member of the West Seattle Timebank, sharing skills with neighbors and volunteering with her therapy dog Clover. She has a backyard garden full of veggies, and teaches gardening, canning, and knitting classes with the Seattle Farm School.

Kellie is the Secretary and a founding board member of the Urban Homestead Foundation, which is creating a community gathering and educational green space based on urban agriculture in West Seattle. Her background is in environmental consulting and operations management.

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

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 & raised beds.

www.TerraganicsLiving.com

Photo by Arlene Rubin.

Jeremy Puma

Jeremy Puma

Jeremy Puma, a resident of West Seattle, 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. Invironment can be found at medium.com/invironment. 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.

Vivian Mizuta

Vivian Mizuta

We are thrilled to have Vivian join our teaching team as an expert yarn spinning instructor!  Here's a little about Vivian: My husband and I retired to West Seattle just over a year ago, to half-time babysit our newborn granddaughter. We had lived for 38 years in the Skagit Valley, the last 25 on a Fir Island farm amid snow geese and eagles. After a brief career in occupational therapy, I chose to raise our 2 kids rurally and continue my (now 50 year) handweaving life at home. I taught weaving for years in Anacortes and after 30 years of spinning, have taught that too. Whether you are a retired knitter or an overly busy tech worker, you will find that spinning yarn is the most calming, hands-on and productive activity you could learn...and it's as simple as riding a bike. I've got several accumulated spinning wheels for you to use while you learn, so why not give it a try?

Cyndi O'Brien

Cyndi O'Brien

Cyndi is a lifelong crafter and maker who loves sharing the skills and knowledge she has acquired with others. When not teaching classes with the Seattle Farm School; or making her own soaps, lotions, salves or fermenting up some mead, Cyndi can be found adventuring around the Pacific Northwest, quilting, baking or honing her wilderness survival skills.