Alicia is a self-taught baker from a family of enthusiastic cooks. Her interest in sourdough was piqued after leaving her career as a high school teacher to spend time at home with her two sons. As Alicia’s sourdough skills progressed, extra loaves ended up in the hands of neighbors and nearby friends. It wasn’t long before Crown Hill Crumbs was born as a community-supported bakery out of her home kitchen. Alicia believes homemade bread can fit into anyone’s life with a bit of practice and she is committed to helping students develop confidence in working with sourdough at home. Alicia is also passionate about sourcing flour from Washington grain farmers and millers who are focused on sustainability and preservation of grain varieties.
Alison has 30 years of experience in the food and wine industry and is an American Cheese Society Certified Cheese Professional. She is dedicated to the promotion of high quality and sustainably sourced products. Alison leads The Roving Cheesemonger, bringing cheese to people all over Seattle, and teaches home cooks how to make their own mozzarella, ricotta, and chevre.
Chris 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.
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 human mama of a couple of fledgling urban farmers) and an aspiring composter. 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.
Krista began beekeeping in 2007 with just two beehives stationed in a friend’s garden. Her fascination with bees and beekeeping began as a distraction from medical treatments she received for breast cancer in 2006. While still absorbing the news of cancer, she found relief in a conversation with a co-worker was a beekeeper. She had the opportunity to visit his hive, and observing bees for the first time was a life changing event for her. Krista went on to found Seattle Bee Works. She manages hives all over Seattle, and has served as both President and Vice President of the Puget Sound Beekeepers Association.
Lauren Ko: Lauren is a self-taught baker and the pie artisan behind the popular Instagram account @lokokitchen. She crafts unconventional designs out of fruit and dough, and her pies are as beautiful as they are tasty. Lauren’s colorful geometric style regularly inspires fellow bakers and her pies have been featured in publications such as Vogue, O Magazine, and Buzzfeed.
Lilly 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 few 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.
Sarah is the artist and illustrator behind The Mint Gardener on Instagram and Etsy. Drawing inspiration from the ever-blooming variety of textures and colors in her urban garden, Sarah draws and paints enchanting watercolors with crisp, cool hues. When she's not hugging her babies or digging in the garden, she's seeking out quiet moments for sketching and painting, making small bouquets of flowers and herbs from her garden, or reading.