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By partnering with local artists, makers, and farmers, we connect eager students with real world mentors. We’re proud to be a place where teachers can share their skills with others, and we ‘walk the talk’ when it comes to sourcing locally, partnering with local farms to feature seasonal produce in all of our classes.


We’re honored to partner with some of the most talented people in the city, so you get to learn first-hand from the best.

  • Alicia Hale, a self-taught sourdough baker and force behind Crown Hill Crumbs

  • Alison Leber, a certified cheese professional and owner of The Roving Cheesemonger, bringing cheese to people all over Seattle

  • Chris Coburn, who has been making pickles since he was a kid living in Queen Anne, now Briner-in-Chief at Seattle Pickle Company

  • Dakota Keene, a landscape architect and urban farmer

  • Fawn Coussens, a physical therapist and fermentista

  • Krista Conner, an urban beekeeper and founder of Seattle Beeworks

  • Lauren Ko, a self-taught baker with a flair for geometric patterns

  • Lilly Everett, a gardener, crafter, garment maker, and marketing extraordinaire

  • Sarah Simon, the illustrator and watercolor artist behind The Mint Gardener

Read more about each of our talented teachers here.

Looking to give back to the community? Have a skill you’d like to share with our community through teaching? We want to hear from you! Drop us a line so we can connect.

Lauren was so wonderful and it was great to learn the process for making and especially decorating the tarts!

Kellie Phelan, owner of The Works

Kellie Phelan, Owner of The Works

Kellie believes that lasting change starts at home. She worked for a decade in environmental consulting, first inspired by a “light bulb” moment at 6th grade camp about how glass in the environment never breaks down. Being diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in 2005 shifted Kellie’s perspective about food - where it comes from, how it’s grown, and what we put into our bodies. After moving to Seattle in 2012, Kellie planted her first garden and has been passionately converting her lawn into edible crops ever since. A self-described ole’ timey grandma, Kellie spends her free time growing food, experimenting in the kitchen, and knitting blankets. A natural connector and a self-starter (I mean, who else teaches themselves how to knit from a library book during summer break in high school?!), Kellie is so grateful for this opportunity to lead The Works and be a part of this community.


We’ve always believed that we can do more together than we can alone, and that’s why we support community organizations and nonprofits through both volunteer time and financial donations. We donate 1% of our profit every quarter to an organization we believe in. Past recipients have included the Little Red Hen Project, the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, and various local school PTA’s. Know an organization we could support? We’re all ears!