Colin McCrate – Colin has been growing food organically for more than a decade. He worked on a variety of small farms in the Mid-West before taking a position as Garden Manager at an Environmental Education center on Orcas Island, WA. After leaving Orcas, Colin stayed in the Pacific Northwest, working simultaneously for Farmhouse Organics in Poulsbo, WA and as a residential landscaper in Seattle. After spending a few seasons designing and installing gardens in the city, he officially founded the Seattle Urban Farm Company in January of 2007.
Brad Halm- Brad’s interest in food production started in a small vegetable garden at the Homestead, an experiential living option at Denison University in Ohio. After graduating, he apprenticed on organic farms around Ohio for several years, then took a position as the CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Manager for Village Acres Farm in Pennsylvania. He moved to Seattle in 2007 to help Colin start the Seattle Urban Farm Company, and he has been building urban farms ever since.
Hilary Dahl- Hilary, a Seattle native, has been with the Seattle Urban Farm Company since the winter of 2010. She brings with her an educational background in landscape architecture and urban planning from the University of Washington. During college Hilary spent three summers interning on a sustainable, net-zero energy housing construction project on Lopez Island in the San Juan Islands where she learned traditional and alternative construction skills as well as organic gardening methods. Hilary is also our in-house photographer and graphic designer. You will find her photos on this website and on our other outreach material.
Jessica Roundy- At SUFCo, Jessica designs edible gardens and urban farms for public spaces, schools, restaurants, and residences, and regularly digs into the soil while farming across the city. Jessica received her Masters of Landscape Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design, where her work focused on process and collaboration across disciplines. While at RISD, she participated in an interdisciplinary study of sustainable agriculture that culminated in a campus plan for EARTH University, an international farming school in Costa Rica. Beyond food and farming, Jessica is passionate about urban forestry and environmental justice, working actively with the Green Seattle Partnership and Social Justice Fund NW.
Skip Mackintosh- At SUFCo, Skip is part of our skilled installation team and spends most of his time building urban farms all around the Seattle area. In 2012 Skip worked on a small mixed organic vegetable farm in Oakville, WA. This experience served as a crash course in all aspects of small scale farming in Western Washington and was a springboard into his position as an installation crew member.
Laura Akins- At SUFCo, Laura spends most of her time caring for vegetable gardens around the city, but can also be found lending a hand on installations and in our greenhouse. Laura studied at the University of Washington and wrote her senior thesis on food politics and sustainability. Her passions for food stem from her 99 year-old great grandmother who told her of a life that involved digging with your hands in the soil. This study and passion led her to Ono Farms in Maui where she lived, worked, and practiced organic farming from one of the most respected farms on the island. Upon returning to the mainland, Laura knew she wanted to continue the same type of work and be in a field of study that has been in her blood for generations. Laura continues to experiment with gardening and is currently growing lettuce, tomatoes, and peppers in a hydroponic ebb and flow system.