About Us

Lauren Kosinski, MD, Founder

Lauren is a sub specialty surgeon whose work has carried her from Alaska to international volunteer work to medical school faculty appointment. She has expertise in minimally invasive surgery of the digestive tract and special techniques in rectal cancer care. She is a yoga teacher and student, writer, and bit of an anthropologist who is committed to healing the culture of medicine and wounded practitioners.

Randy Cooper, Sponsor and Financial Advisor

Randy Cooper has lived in Chestertown for over 30 years and has nurtured the financial wellness of individuals and businesses in his capacity as CPA, MBA, business owner and advisor, and Chief Financial Officer of a multi-state psychiatric services organization.   He spearheaded the historic renovation of Radcliffe Mill and The Seed House, a project that represents not only a multimillion dollar commitment to the community of Chestertown but also a vision and love for the beauty of this place.  His dedication to creating opportunities for growth and fiscal health currently extend not only to The Seed House venture but also to his work as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Kent Center, a residential and day program that serves adults with intellectual disability on the Eastern Shore.  Under his direction, the program has become financially viable and expanded, now drawing not only new participants but also being regarded as a resource for information about how to improve other regional programs.  We are fortunate to have his financial backing and guidance as well as the beautiful physical space he rehabbed several years ago.  He is also the Big Guy in yoga classes, manifesting his own yoga practice and lending strength and calm to the Kent Center participants and their direct care providers.

 

Kirby Powell, Chief Wellness Officer

 

Born and raised in Galena, Maryland, Kirby Powell has been a part of The Seed House team since our first month. Already an accomplished barista when he joined the staff, Kirby received training from Ceremony Coffee roasters in Baltimore & Washington, D.C. and has worked at several of the coffee spots around town. He has a keen eye for the esthetics of our coffee and retail space and makes regular contributions to our social media presence. His conscientious attitude, kindness and good humor are a big reason The Seed House is a growing part of the Chestertown scene. Kirby is an active participant in community theatre and enjoys pet-sitting when he’s not here or on stage.

 

 

 

  • A cafe offering curated coffee and tea, Seed House plant based milks, and nutrient inspired breakfast and lunch munches and snacks
  • Space to visit with friends, catch up on emails using our free fiber-optic high speed wifi, do homework, be in the stream of life
  • Blissful yoga and meditation practice space
  • A retail area offering meditation and yoga supplies, Floracopeia essential oils, healing arts resources, Herbal Alchemy teas and Stumptown coffee beans for home, seasonal apothecary offerings, and some other treasures
  • Lectures, workshops, and retreats
  • Projects conceived to improve the well-being of our local community and beyond

The History of the Seed House

While the current complex was constructed around 1800, there has been a mill on this site since 1694. A thriving port town in Colonial times, Chestertown was also an important center of agriculture. The Seed House served as a store house for seeds, grain and possibly fertilizer well into the 1900’s. Since then it has had various lives – as an artist’s studio, an antique shop, and a marketing firm’s headquarters, among other things. We hope you’ll join us in the spirit of growth and healing here at Chestertown’s Thrive Hive.