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 2015

Tanning Bunny Hides

Kari writes about her success with salt and alum.

Bunny Gratitudes


Felted Projects

A look various practical and artistic felt projects.

Felting Windward Wool

Claire gives a detailed description of the felting process she uses.

Harvesting Feathers

Claire writes about harvesting Windward bird feathers.

Technology in Service of Community

Lindsay and Walt share their perspective.

Main silvopasture swale gets it's first big test.

Coppice Agroforesty at Windward

an overview of our evolving practices

Announcing: Windward Whole System Fellowship

Learn about a new opportunity to immerse yourself in sustainable community!

Rabbits - Livestock Update

Opalyn shares about our current rabbits.

Water Harvesting Road Hardware

checking erosion and putting water to work in the landscape.

Baby Bunnies - Growing (up)

Opalyn shares about the growth and shearing of the German Angora Rabbits.

Roof-Water-Fed Retaining Wall Hugelkultur Beds for the Dining Hall Patio

Andrew describes more developments in Windward's zone 1

Spindling Wool

Opalyn shares about spindling blended wools.

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 "Bone Sauce"

    A traditional technique for keeping deer off of fruit trees.