You may have recently seen the faces of some of our supporters artfully displayed on bus sides and web banners around town. These are part of our new “I’m a Stewardship Partner” public awareness campaign, thanks to the pro-bono hard-work of Jill Marshall and Janice Merlino of Merlino Media Group and Cal McAllister, formerly of Wexley School for Girls.
The campaign features photographs, treated by local artist and musician, Brandon Milner. These feature a few of our community of supporters expressing how Stewardship Partners helps them become caretakers of our land and water.
In the coming months, this campaign will continue to be featured throughout the Puget Sound region. Look for “I’m a Stewardship Partner,” on billboards, bus sides, on the radio and in digital, print, social media and more.
“Naomi Wachira is an artist of formidable talent and heart. Her music songwriting brings together harmonies that speak across continents and cultures.” -Northwest Music Scene. “I am an African girl, well I know where I’m coming from, and I know who I want to be…” is the defiant soul-anthem that jumpstarted Afro-Folk singer/songwriter Naomi Wachira onto a whole new path and calling. The words, from the title track of her first EP African Girl (2012), paved the way for this Kenyan-born, Seattle-based artist, who is determined to make a contribution in the world by offering music that is poignant, hopeful and life-giving. Five years later, after a critically acclaimed self-titled album Naomi Wachira (2014 )and an acoustic EP I am Because You Are (2015), comes her sophomore album Song of Lament, which she says, “was born out the many tragic losses we’ve witnessed globally – ranging from cases of police brutality to the refugee crisis – that made me grieve about who we’ve become, but also burned a desire in me to create art that would serve society at large and hopefully lessen the chaos around us.”
Duke is passionate about food. “I wake up in the morning with recipes dancing in my head.” For over 40 years, Moscrip has been innovating—he was the first to serve wine by the glass in Seattle back in 1979 and is always dreaming up delicious recipes—like Salmon with blueberries and goat cheese. He is a stickler for the highest quality sourcing, only buying 100% wild salmon from the Copper River in Alaska, grass-fed beef from Australia, and prawns from the Sea of Cortez, to name a few. He even visits a distillery in Kentucky to blend Duke’s exclusive bourbon. Duke’s 7 locations are dotted around the Puget Sound, and are honored to have received the highest restaurant rating in the state of Washington by Fish2Fork, and to have recently been awarded a 100% sustainable seafood volume compliance from Smart Catch. Duke’s 8th restaurant opens on Shilshole Bay in 2019.
Wendy’s family had a strong connection to food and family as her roots go back to her great great grandfather Frederick Heinz, H.J. Heinz’s first cousin. Growing up in Pennsylvania, her love for flora and fauna deepened in spending every waking moment out of doors. Wendy graduated from University of Wisconsin, Madison where she met her husband, Andrew, with a BA in Geography and a minor in Wetland Ecology. She worked for the International Crane Foundation and Fish and Wildlife Service for three years raising endangered Whooping Cranes for reintroduction, and creating long-term wetland habitat in Wisconsin and Idaho. She and Andrew started the farm together in 1996 and ran the flower CSA moving onto a long love of growing and selling vegetables and herbs. Her love for herbs and medicine culminated in a Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and Herbology in 2000 from NIAOM and Bastyr University and is ever expanding her plant biology knowledge both for food and medicine. She has a passion for children and their connection to the local food system as most of her days are spent on the farm, in the fields and in the classroom. Wendy Munroe serves as the Farm Experience Director and writes field notes, hosts farm tours and serves as the company spokesperson.
Ethan and Angela Stowell
Angela is CEO and partner at Ethan Stowell Restaurants in Seattle. After graduating with a degree in political science from the University of Washington, Angela’s interests took a different turn and she pursued a career in wine sales, where she met her future husband and business partner, Ethan Stowell. In 2007, Angela and Ethan created Ethan Stowell Restaurants, after successfully opening their first two restaurants: Tavolàta and How to Cook a Wolf. Angela manages over $24.5 million in annual revenue and oversees 275 employees. Angela was named one of the Puget Sound Business Journal’s 2013 “40 Under 40, and she and Ethan were the recipients of the 2016 Richard Melman Innovator of the Year Award. Angela was honored as one of the Puget Sound Business Journal’s 2017 “Women of Influence,” Most recently, she was named one of “The 50 Most Influential Women in Seattle” by Seattle Met magazine. Angela sits on the Board of Directors for the United Way of King County and is a member of the Seattle Chamber of Commerce Policy Leadership Group.
Ethan is the executive chef and owner of Ethan Stowell Restaurants in Seattle. His highly acclaimed restaurants include Tavolàta, How to Cook a Wolf, Staple & Fancy Mercantile, Ballard Pizza Company, Rione Xlll, Bar Cotto, Mkt., Red Cow, Frēlard Pizza Company, Bramling Cross, Marine Hardware, Tavolàta Capitol Hill, Derby at The Shop, and Ballard Pizza Company SLU, as well as Goldfinch Tavern in the Four Seasons Hotel Seattle. His food philosophy is all about keeping it simple, using fresh ingredients, and allowing the food to do the talking. In 2010, Ethan began consulting for the Seattle Mariners. His efforts to bring local products into the stadium for fans to enjoy. His ongoing chef partnership with Delta Air Lines began in 2017 with the opening of The Delta Sky Club at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. In January of 2018, he joined Holland America Line’s Culinary Council.
Ethan was named one of the Best New Chefs in America by Food & Wine in 2008 and chosen as a Best New Chef All-Stars in 2013. He was named one of the Puget Sound Business Journal’s 2010 “40 Under 40”. Ethan sits on the Board of Directors of the Woodland Park Zoo and he and Angela are co-chairs of the United Way of King County 2018 Annual Campaign.
Ethan and Angela live in the Green Lake neighborhood of Seattle with their two young sons.
About the Artist Brandon Milner:
Brandon is a Seattle-based photographer and multi-instrumentalist musician with a strong technical background in software design. In his spare time, he can be found making gumbo and eating pecan pie with his wife and being taught the ways of life from his young son and dog.