Welcome to Windward

Windward is a cooperative community of over thirty years in the making dedicated to preserving and developing village scale technologies needed to support a thriving sustainable community on marginal land.

We provide opportunities for deep learning through hands on, practical experience with the tools needed to build a life in balance with the natural world.

We come together with the belief that now is the time for radical change, and that nothing is more convincing than a working model of a better way.

With nature as our guide, we use our love, sweat and blood to build a life worth inheriting.

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Notes From Windward

Fresh news about what we're up to in 2014

Our Rabbits!

Opalyn introduces our adult rabbits.

Creating Productive Food Forest Ecosystems

Lindsay shares images from the recent permaculture weekend intensive

Our Numbers are Growing - Again

Opalyn introduces baby bunnies.

Building A Hugel Bed in the Courtyard

Why Trees?

This video Lays it out

Weaving on a Peg Loom

Opalyn shares her experience of weaving on a peg loom.

'Tis the Season to Dig and Plant

Lindsay talks about starting a new hugel bed for apple trees.

UPCOMMING EVENT: Creating Productive Food Forest Ecosysems

Andrew shares more permaculture materials in advance of the event.

Seeding into Frost Heaves

Andrew shares his use of this cold-climate no-till technique.

Starting Seeds

Lindsay shares about the start of the spring garden.

Wall-E Needs a Transmission Overhaul!

Opalyn shares progress on Wall-E's transmission rebuild.

Making Sense of it All

Lindsay reflects on the passing of a loved one

Fiber Conversion

Opalyn talks about a fiber display at the local library.

Windward Winter 2014

Claire's photo essay.

Our Numbers are Growing

Opalyn introduces two little lambs.

Making "Bone Sauce"

A traditional technique for keeping deer off of fruit trees.

Making Beet Sugar

A how to process for converting sugar beets into beet sugar

Bearing Fruit

Lindsay shares images of new fruits at Windward

Building a Cob Bench

Pilgrimage to Stacker Butte

Ruben recounts his adventure to the local data relay station.

A Day in the Life

Monica describes an average day in community

Empowering my Inner 7th Grade Boy

Monica shares a lesson in interpersonal relationships.

Redesigning Our Zone 1

Adding a New Fiber to Our Flock

Opalyn brings home a young German Angora rabbit.

Harvesting a Ram

Pat shares her experience with the annual cycle of life and death.

Finishing C-Wall

Walt describes wrapping up the pouring of a concrete retaining wall

Rainy Moments mean Inkle Weaving

Opalyn shares her inkle weaving project

Notes on Chestnuts at Windward

Andrew shares thoughts, research, and new strategies for naturalizing Chestnuts in Windward's dryland forest

More Plarn and Another Basket

Opalyn shares more information working with plastic bags

Rainy Days

Opalyn shares her thoughts on an age old question, "What to do? And what has to get done anyway!"

On Killing and Eating Animals

thoughts on the role of animals in creating & sustaining human communities

An Introduction from Monica

A Fall Intern

Ply-Split Basketry!

A new material and a new pattern to play with.

Ply-Split Basketry!

Opalyn shares more about this new (to me) technique.


Lindsay shares images of the squash abundance in the garden

An Introduction

Claire Introduces herself and where she comes from.

Sausage Making

Claire shares about her first project: Making Sausage with Martin.


Andrew experiments with an old method of no-till agriculture

Summer Rain

Lindsay talks of a summer storm

Creating a Clothing & Craft Space

Paula writes about one of her intern projects

Videos! Introduction to Permaculture

Andrew shares videos from a spring permaculture course at Windward, and introduces another fall course on Sept 6-8

Notes from the Field

Andrew shares thoughts about the evolution of plant communities in Windward's growing spaces.

Herbal Medicine Monograph Project

Profiling the Medicinal Plants of Windward

Reflections on Intentionality

Paula shares about life in community

An Introduction from Paula

A Women-in-Community Internship participant this Summer

Consenting with Nature

Arianna speaks to the "gendering" of nature and our responsibility as earth-stewards

An Introduction from Arianna

A Women-in-Community Internship participant this Summer

The 2013 Village Helix

Our Annual Open-House is Just a Month Away!

Building a "Dead" Hedge

a step toward irrigationless multifunctional hedgerows

Willy Gives Birth

Eight Piglets Join the Family!

Ply-Splitting Basketry

Learning and Practicing Ply Splitting

A Gathering of Women

Lindsay shares about a recent family reunion

Getting More Comfortable with Aniamls

Apprentice Aaron describes his time with the animals

An Introduction to Ply-Splitting

Learning How to Make and Split Plied Cords

Weaving - Setting up my Loom

Opalyn shares how she prepared her loom for weaving.

Gunuine Swiss Goat Cheese

Andrew shares a newly acquired traditional swiss cheesemaking process.

Apple Grafts...4 Years Later

Lindsay transplants the first of the grafted apple trees

Hugel Bed Update

Seeds are germinating and Trees are Planted!


Andrew updates on this years sheep births

Sunken Lag Bolts

Walt describes a hidden construction detail

Pig Paddocks to Seed Alfalfa

Lindsay provides an update on our efforts to grow alfalfa

Images from a weekend Permaculture Workshop

VIDEO: Site preperations for Hugelkultur bed

Andrew shares about the groundwork for the bed, the slope and orientation of the hillside, and how it fits into the bigger picture.


Turning Onion Peels and Coffee Grounds into Soil

Weaving - So what does it take to make cloth?

Opalyn shares about her recent work on the loom

Staging Material for the Hugelkultur Beds

Lindsay talks about preparations for an upcoming Permaculture workshop

The Conception of Piglets

Willie gets pregnant!

A Winter Vacation and so much more

Andrew shares about a recent trip into Portland

Good 'Ol Roots

Lindsay shares some images from a recent root harvest

Mycological Notes

from a recent visit by friend & mycologist Jordan Weis

Observations from the Savanah

Karen's thoughts on comadres

Growth in Community

Reflections from a Winter Solstice

A White Christmas

Images from a Windward Winter

Ucomming Event:

Permaculture on the Edge

March 21- March 23 2013
Lindsay & Andrew host a permaculture weekend


A Good Year for Mushrooms

Andrew gives word from the mycological front

Wreaths for Sale

Opalyn offers a piece of the forest for the holidays.

Using the "Small" Steel

Walt describes the next step in moving "Icy"

Moving Steel with Steel

Ruben's impressions of moving our insulated shipping container

The Wisdom of Squirrels

Lindsay talks about taking a leap of faith

Tales of the Acorn Harvest

Making a Shaving Horse

Adding a new tool to our wood working repertoire

Bringing the Piglets to Slaughter

The Piglets Find a New Niche for Themselves
Warning! Graphic Images.

More Hatchlings and Maturing Birds

Opalyn Reports on our Chickens

Working with Wool

Acorns in Abundance

Pigs find a new role in our forestry work

Cradle to Cradle

Ashleigh offers some insights on the book Cradle to Cradle

Goat Milk Ice Cream!

Intern Susie shares here experience with this refeshing treat

Making a Broom

Lindsay describes her recent broomcorn adventures

Dangerous Beauty

Andrew talks about the uneasy spectacle of a late summer lightning storm

Open House Event!

The Autumn Threshhold

Join us for a potluck and fetivities celebrating the beautiful transition iunto autumn.
all Windward friends are invited to join.

Work and Worship in the August Sun

Reflection on the thresholds of life

Bread for Pigs

a way to dehydrate lots of bread

Making Hand Salves

A recipe for easy, simple hand lotion

Our first Piglets!

Susie describes the first farrowing of our American Guinea Hogs.

A Glimpse of Life Post-Change
       some thoughts on sustainable ag in the Pacific Northwest

Installing a gas line
       the cabin moves one step closer to done

A Mid Summer Garden Update
       Lindsay shares some news from the garden

All the Small Things
       A photo-poetic prayer

Community, and How to Hold a Bird
       Daniela describes the balanced support possible in intentional community

Toward a Functional Fermentation Program
       Andrew shares thoughts on brewing, and the cost/benefit analysis of alcohol preservation.

The Milk of Possibilities
       Oana works with our goats milk

July DuckPonics update
       Daniela describes her thesis project

Fiber Arts at the Village Helix
       Opalyn shares a workshop

Rattlesnake Country
       the year of the snake.
       Warning! graphic content.

The Land of Possibilities
       Susie arrives at Windward

The Village Helix
       Our Open House Annual Event is this Weekend!

       Lindsay describes the newest additions to our flock

June in Klickitat County

       Lindsay shares some images from around Klickitat

The Pearl Continues to Grow
       Opalyn updates the continuing construction

Setting up Duck-Ponics
       Daniela describes bringing our duck-based aquaponics system online

Dora's First Run of Milking
       Andrew updates on our newest dairy doe.

Building a Bookcase
       Opalyn shares about building a bookcase

Bringing Home a Buckling
       Andrew talks about why we added an anglo-nubian boy to the crew

Our First Hatchlings
       Opalyn shares about this season's first chicks

Pillars of the Earth
       Eliot reviews a book from our reading list

May in the Garden
       Lindsay provides an update on whats coming up in the garden

Just Another Rock in the Wall
       Jeff tells about his apprentice experience building a terrace

Knitting Skills
       Opalyn talks about Knitting

A Different Kind of Paradise
       Daniela shares her first impressions of Windward

Widening the New Entrance
       moving 200 cubic yards of fill

Lathe Work
       Justin tries his hand at turning green oak

Terraces in the Courtyard
       Lindsay shares Spring improvements on one of our dryland Permaculture projects

The Pearl Gets Moving
       an update as construction resumes

Gathering Resources
       Opalyn gets a head start on this winter's firewood

A World Full of Hedges
       Andrew shares about his love of hedges and rockwork

Exploring the Arts
       Opalyn investigates String Art and Knitting

A Spring Bee Update
       The bees get ready for the Spring nectar harvest

March Work (a bit late)
       work begins on widening the new entrance

The Village Helix
       Lindsay talks about Windward's Annual Event

A Spring Intern Arrives
       Justin introduces himself and shares some of his goals

An April Garden Update
       Lindsay describes the spring time plantings

Billy Billy Boo
       Jeff describes raising a bummer lamb

April 2nd Goat Births
       Our new nubian doe Dora's first kids

Spring of Fools
       A Seasonal Reflection

Pigs, Pick Mattocks, and Perennial Alfalfa
       Springtime seeding explorations

Reflections on Community
       Ben shares about his apprenticship in community this spring

Toward a Staple Potato Bread
       Andrew shares an evolving recipe

Reflections from an Andean Journey
       Lindsay talks about recent travels

Snow Flea Time
       Walt tells of springtails and ducks

Moving Bravo Trailer
       one way to move something big

Turkey Visits
       an experiment in self-domesication

Love Based Living
       Opalyn describes a recent Love Based Living Circle

Audit's First Birth
       Oana tells of the loss of a life

Outlets on a Log Wall
       Walt reports on an unusual bit of electrical work

Lily's Lambs
       Lindsay describes two more additions to our flock

February on the Farm
       Lindsay provides an update on horticultural activities

Thinking Towards the Growing Season
       Lindsay shares some plans for the 2012 Main Garden

GEK: Assembling the newest version
       Opalyn does the GEK's second upgrade

       Oana describes the Big Event

January Snow
       Lindsay shares some images of a Windward Winter Wonderland

Thoughts of Summertime
       Oana introduces some practical arithmetic for snowy days

On our Way Back from the Mushroom Hunt
       Oana tells why she bothered going in the first place

Exploring the Nature of Pigs
       Lindsay gives an update on what the Guinea Hogs have been up to

Brain Tanning Hides for Buckskin & Fur A Wetscrape Method of Brain-Tanning for Goat and Sheep Hides.
Warning! graphic content.        Introduction
       Step 1: Skinning
       Step 2: Washing
       Step 3: Storing

Arriving at Oneida Opalyn and Walt describe their arrival at the Oneida Mansion