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

Wall-E needs a few more repairs.

Keeping Wall-E on track. :)

The Village Helix

Lindsay shares pictures from Windward's recent Open House

Partnering with Our Plant Allies

Andrew describes species selection for remeditation and agroforestry.

Finding Long-Term Climate Data in the US Using NOAA

Article Andrew recently wrote for PermacultureNews.org

As events unfold my attention turns to seating.

Opalyn shares her experience building a paracord-laced oak chair.


Pat shares the new additions to the chicken flock

Rocks In the Garden!

Pat introduces our new plant labelling system

Developing Windward's SilvoPasture

Andrew describes this springs progress on this long-term project

  • -Overview of Silvopasture and Swales
  • -Trees & Shrubs in the Swale Food Forest
  • -Constructing an Inlet Swale
  • -Riparian Buffer
  • -Finding Contours with Water Level
  • -Planting out the Pioneer Locusts
  • -Excavating the Main Swale
  • -Planting and Mulching the Swale

  • Our German Angora baby bunnies are one month old.

    Opalyn shares photos of our growing babies.

    Life and Death With the Chickens

    New member Pat shares about her work with Windward's chicken flock

    May Garden Update

    Lindsay shares some updates from the garden

    Rabbit Colony Experiment

    Claire introduces and updates on The Rabbit Colony Experiment

    Spring Zone-1 Garden Update

    Andrew describes the further development of Windward's zone-1

    Our baby bunnies are growing

    Opalyn shares photos of our growing babies.

    I'm here to once again fall in love with learning

    Evergeen intern Chelsea gives an introduction

    Wall-E's Transmission Rebuild is Complete!

    Opalyn and Pat wrap up the repairs.

    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.

    UPCOMING 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