Who We are
The Common Acre came together when artists and urban farmers decided in 2012 to work together on a shared mission of maximum social impact.
Since our inception, our team has grown to encompass doctors of medicine and science, city planners, educators, and strategists, and a great crew of multi-talented volunteers.
Omaretta has worked formerly as the Community Educator/ Outreach Specialist with Tilth Alliance Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands and currently as the Community Liaison / Farm Coordinator with The Common Acre, with a focus in the Rainier Beach/South Seattle communities, to engage youth, adults, and families in hands-on classes, volunteer and other learning opportunities around growing food, environmental stewardship, and cooking and sharing food. Omaretta believes in food security and that growing your own food is like growing your own money. She is a life long South Seattle resident. Omaretta has worked with multiple communities providing domestic violence advocacy, HIV AIDS testing and counseling, housing, and health consultation. Omaretta is a certified Colon Hydrotherapist, Doula, and trained organic gardener. Omaretta is currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Science Nutrition and Culinary Arts program at Bastyr University.
A first-generation Ethiopian born in Moses Lake, WA, Nat graduated with a B.A. in the University of Washington’s eclectic Comparative History of Ideas program in 2015, and a Master’s in Education Policy in 2016. Then, as a children’s garden coordinator, he spearheaded the first racial equity team at Seattle Tilth while simultaneously running a monthly youth leadership program at the Ethiopian Community in Seattle. Nat dreams of farming and philosophizing with friends, and seeks future opportunities in both doctoral and consultative work that cultivate equitable, community-based, and land-conscious partnerships. He loves flowers, books, and dancing!
Sheila Brown believes in personal and societal transformation, sustainability and simple living, and the arts as a way to celebrate, build and heal communities. In her work life (currently as Education Program Supervisor at Camp Long), Sheila’s passions include environmental restoration, cross-cultural and multi-cultural understanding, outdoor recreation and science. Sheila has also developed and managed programs and facilities, and promoted public-private partnerships. In her personal life, her interests include choral and acoustic music, Buddhism and other spiritual traditions, exploring awareness through the body, history and new developments in science, and spending time with friends and her border terrier. Sheila is tri-lingual and has lived and traveled throughout Latin America and Europe.