Since moving onto our 1.5 acre homestead in March 2017, we have added much to the property like dual-purpose chickens, honey bees, and perennial foods!
- 15-20 Egg-Laying Chickens & Ducks
- 3-5 Honeybee Hives
- 20+ Perennial Herbs
- 10+ perennial bushes and fruit trees
- 5,000 square foot annual garden
- 500 square foot shop
- (still under construction)
- And more to come!
Our farm fowl are free-range backyard chickens and ducks: we let them forage in our grass, orchard, and gardens as they please. We are expanding the pond to accommodate our ducks better too!
Mariah received her Permaculture Landscape Design Certificate from Oregon State University in 2014 and uses this knowledge to design the farm for optimal use with positive instead of negative environmental impact.
Recycling and reducing our waste is very important to us. Instead of synthetic fertilizers, we prefer to use natural fertilizers like compost, chop-and-drop greens such as comfrey, and of course some aged animal manure. We use all-natural pesticides or pest-deterrents when necessary like animal pest control (hungry predators such as our birds, cats, and dogs), diatomaceous earth, essential oils, plant extracts, pest-deterring plants, annual garden rotation, and more to naturally combat pests.
We plant perennials together in ways that they can compliment and support each other as this is very restorative to the natural environment and increases biodiversity. For instance, we plant comfrey around the fruit trees for looser and more enriched soil, better irrigation, more pollinator attraction and more ground protection. All of this improves the health and sustainability of our budding fruit orchard with apples, pears, and peaches.
Please contact us to schedule a farm visit or to see our body product workshop now under construction!
What Is Permaculture?
Permaculture is a system of agricultural and social design principles centered around simulating or directly utilizing the patterns and features observed in natural ecosystems.
The term "permaculture" was coined by Bill Mollison in the 1970's. Mollison created the term when trying to describe the fact that any permanent human settlement needs to rely on a sustainable agriculture system for their environment.