Our Crew


John CoghlanOwner & Designer

After graduating with a degree in International Business, John spent eight years learning Spanish and pursuing social-focused businesses in areas dealing with systemic poverty. That journey led him to studying permaculture at the Bullock’s Homestead on Orcas Island with his wife in 2011.  In the summer of 2012 John completed an intensive course in edible forest gardening with Dave Jacke.

To continue his education in natural systems and wildlife processes, John moved to Vashon Island, where he puts a practical application to his studies in edible forest gardening, mushroom cultivation and integrated holistic landscape design. John’s main concern is designing and building gardens that people can use for food, pleasure and medicine. John enjoys soccer and bicycling.  He and his wife have two young daughters, who specialize in eating berries and digging holes in the garden.

Special expertise: Permaculture, Food Forests, and Edible landscape design.  Plant education. Spanish.


img_3452Aaron Webb

Aaron is interested in helping to create a harmonious relationship between people and the environment and sees permaculture and sustainable practices as an important part in realizing this goal.
He has been involved in permaculture landscaping and ecological restoration for numerous years in many different locales including the Pacific Northwest, the Desert Southwest, mountainous and tropical regions.
Aaron’s passions include being in nature, hiking, vegetable gardening, and reading.
In addition to taking a permaculture design course and one year internship with the Bullock Brothers on Orcas Island, Aaron has also taken courses and applied what he has learned on rainwater harvesting, the soil food web, biodynamic farming, and quantum agriculture.

img_3467Julia Trippel

Julia’s first gardening experience was removing asphalt in her family’s backyard with other 10 year olds using croquet mallets found left out for trash on the street. She loved planting beans, carrots and tomatoes and watching them grow! Her first landscaping job was on the grounds crew of the Scott Arboretum on the campus of Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. After studying tropical ecology in Costa Rica, she wrote her undergraduate thesis on the ways in which indigenous methods of organic agriculture are more efficient than petroleum-based, colonizing/settler methods. With an MBA in sustainable business from Pinchot/Presidio, Julia is thrilled to bring all these passions together for HGO!



Bronwen Livingston

Bronwen graduated University with a degree in Anthropology and Environmental Studies.  In between working incredible jobs like being a Purser on a Tall Ship, or a Project Coordinator for the Arts and Traditional Economy in the Northwest Territories, she has found ways to reconnect with her love of physically working on the land.

She has wwoofed across Central America and Europe, studied Straw-bale construction in New Mexico, worked as a gardener for organic farms in New Mexico and Maine, and she did a bio-architecture internship in Colombia – where she further developed her understanding of adobe, rammed earth, and bamboo construction, and worked on living walls and the organic/biodynamic farm.

She completed a Permaculture Design Certificate in 2013, through the Conscious Design Collective and UBC, and fell in love with the Permaculture philosophy, and its wide array of applications – from physical landscapes, to the way it can guide us in our social interactions with one another.


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erin grew up amongst the badgers and sagebrush in southwest Idaho and moved to Washington in 2011. They completed two years in AmeriCorps with the Washington Conservation Corps, planting trees along rivers and tending trails in the Cascades. They then went to graduate school at Antioch Seattle, studying sustainable food systems, permaculture, community building, and organizational dynamics. Through all these experiences they have developed a passion for human ecology, restorative practices in social and environmental systems, and food justice. They also love learning from plants. erin enjoys hiking, being in/near water, vegan pizza, and dinking around their home garden.


839E38D1-51A5-40EB-BA22-A7724038B689Tyler Ferrando

Tyler moved to Seattle in 2015 to seek opportunities in Permaculture and to learn more about sustainable agriculture. He started his education at The Farm on 277th in Auburn, WA where he practiced HugelKultur and learned about the science in the soil. Tyler loves  gaming,  planting, cyberpunk concept art, and his dog Ruby.




6CEBD3C9-DFF5-4F36-AE23-B9CBCA88B1CEAndy Jellin

Andy wasn’t exactly born with a green thumb but, after getting Engaged at the Royal Chelsea Flower show and marrying the daughter of a professional garden designer and Nursery owner, he has grown one.  Before joining HomeGrown Organics, Andy spent time as a Culinary student, a Fishmonger and a wine merchant.  His particular loves are perennial flowers and fragrant gardens.  When he isn’t arguing about whether or not  wild Violets are weeds (they are not), Andy collects vintage teacups and bakes a mean scone.

Otong Durahim 

Otong (Oi) hails from West Java, Indonesia.  A graduate of Indonesia College of Art in Bandung, he spent over 10 years as a professional set designer and builder.  After moving to the states in 2007, his landscape design and building skills were inspired by the permaculture vision at the Heartwood Institute in Northern California. Since 2008, he has been creating functional beautiful structures independently in the Seattle area.  He now lives with his family on Vashon Island.