The future of farming is female! We’re bringing our monthly talk to Seattle for the Delta Launchpad Festival of inspiration, curated by Vice. Join the editor of MOLD in a roundtable discussion with Hilary Dahl (Seattle Urban Farm Co.), Virginia Emery (Beta Hatch) and Kyong Soh (Tilth Alliance)— three Seattle-based female farmers who are modernizing the industry through technology, innovative practices and community investment all while feeding the city in the process. Learn more about the food grown right in our backyard and how you can get involved with urban farming innovations.
A rooftop garden designed, planted and tended by Seattle Urban Farm Company on a LEED Platinum certified apartment complex in Seattle.
Hilary Dahl, Seattle Urban Farm Company
Dahl is the maintenance team lead and marketing manager for the Seattle Urban Farm Company, an architecture practice that designs, builds and manages edible landscapes in private and public spaces. Dahl trained as a landscape designer and urban planner at the University of Washington. When not working on the farm to help create the beautiful edible landscapes, she is also a photographer and yoga instructor.
Virginia Emery, Beta Hatch
After receiving a PhD in entomology from UC Berkeley, Emery was inspired to stray from the traditional path of academia to become an insect entrepreneur, found Beta Hatch in 2015. Beta Hatch rears insects for use in animal feed, a more sustainable way to feed a growing population, while also looking into insect applications in bioplastics, pharmaceutical. According to Emery’s bio on the Beta Hatch website, “her life’s mission is to breed a bug that tastes like bacon.”
A participant in the Tilth Alliance’s Farm Incubator program checking on summer greens at their Auburn, Washington farm.
Kyong Soh, Tilth Alliance
Before moving to the Pacific Northwest, Soh got her start with sustainable agriculture at Grindstone Farm in Pulaski, New York. At Tilth, Soh works as farm and education manager, a role which sees her supporting over 26 farmers in the process of developing businesses. She also helps operate a 40 acre farm that provides food for 425 members of a Seattle CSA. Her experience focuses on sustainable land stewardship, regional food security systems and cooperative and educational farming.