Notes From Windward
Fresh news about what we're up to in 2014As events unfold my attention turns to seating.
Opalyn shares her experience building a paracord-laced oak chair."Pan"ache
Pat shares the new additions to the chicken flockRocks In the Garden!
Pat introduces our new plant labelling system
Andrew describes this springs progress on this long-term project
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 flockMay Garden Update
Lindsay shares some updates from the gardenRabbit 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
- - The Two Newest Hugelkultur Beds
- - Rose, Allium, Grape Guild Beds
- - Other Guilds in the Zone-1 Garden
- - Planting in the Edges
- - Edging the Grey Water Vault
Opalyn shares photos of our growing babies.I'm here to once again fall in love with learning
Evergeen intern Chelsea gives an introductionWall-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 intensiveOur Numbers are Growing - Again
Opalyn introduces baby bunnies.
Building A Hugel Bed in the CourtyardWhy Trees?
This video Lays it outWeaving 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.
Part Two New!
Starting to Put Things Back Together.
Deciphering the problem and taking things apart.
Lindsay reflects on the passing of a loved oneFiber 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 sugarBearing Fruit
Lindsay shares images of new fruits at Windward
Building a Cob Bench
Building a Rubble Foundation New!
A simple, ancient and effective technique.
First a roof
R&D on some Roundwood Timberframing basics
Why build a Cob Bench?
A Kaizen aproach to climate appropriate natural building
Ruben recounts his adventure to the local data relay station.A Day in the Life
Monica describes an average day in communityEmpowering my Inner 7th Grade Boy
Monica shares a lesson in interpersonal relationships.
Redesigning Our Zone 1Adding 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 wallRainy Moments mean Inkle Weaving
Opalyn shares her inkle weaving projectNotes on Chestnuts at Windward
Andrew shares thoughts, research, and new strategies for naturalizing Chestnuts in Windward's dryland forestMore Plarn and Another Basket
Opalyn shares more information working with plastic bagsRainy 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
- Some Personal Background
- Climate and Ecology are Essential Factors
- What are the starting conditions of the system?
- Veganic Permaculture is Probably Possible
- Life Feeds on Life
- Fossil Fuels - the Elephant in the Room
- Some Closing Remarks
A Fall InternPly-Split Basketry!
A new material and a new pattern to play with.Ply-Split Basketry!
Opalyn shares more about this new (to me) technique.Squashes!
Lindsay shares images of the squash abundance in the gardenAn Introduction
Claire Introduces herself and where she comes from.Sausage Making
Claire shares about her first project: Making Sausage with Martin.Seedballs
Andrew experiments with an old method of no-till agricultureSummer Rain
Lindsay talks of a summer stormCreating a Clothing & Craft Space
Paula writes about one of her intern projectsVideos! Introduction to Permaculture
Andrew shares videos from a spring permaculture course at Windward, and introduces another fall course on Sept 6-8Notes 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
Faun introduces herself & the project.
- German & Roman Chamomile (Matricaria recutita & Chamomilla nobile)
- Chickweed (Stellara media)
- Dandelion (Taraxacum officinalis)
- Ribwort Plantain (Plantago lanceolate)
- Garlic (Allium sativum)
Paula shares about life in communityAn Introduction from Paula
A Women-in-Community Internship participant this SummerConsenting with Nature
Arianna speaks to the "gendering" of nature and our responsibility as earth-stewardsAn Introduction from Arianna
A Women-in-Community Internship participant this SummerThe 2013 Village Helix
Our Annual Open-House is Just a Month Away!Building a "Dead" Hedge
a step toward irrigationless multifunctional hedgerowsWilly Gives Birth
Eight Piglets Join the Family!Ply-Splitting Basketry
Learning and Practicing Ply SplittingA Gathering of Women
Lindsay shares about a recent family reunionGetting More Comfortable with Aniamls
Apprentice Aaron describes his time with the animalsAn Introduction to Ply-Splitting
Learning How to Make and Split Plied CordsWeaving - 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 treesHugel Bed Update
Seeds are germinating and Trees are Planted!Lambs!
Andrew updates on this years sheep birthsSunken Lag Bolts
Walt describes a hidden construction detailPig Paddocks to Seed Alfalfa
Lindsay provides an update on our efforts to grow alfalfaImages 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.Vermacompost
Turning Onion Peels and Coffee Grounds into Soil
Opalyn shares about her recent work on the loomStaging Material for the Hugelkultur Beds
Lindsay talks about preparations for an upcoming Permaculture workshop
Willie gets pregnant!
Andrew shares about a recent trip into Portland
Lindsay shares some images from a recent root harvest
from a recent visit by friend & mycologist Jordan Weis
Karen's thoughts on comadres
Reflections from a Winter Solstice
Images from a Windward Winter
Ucomming Event:Permaculture on the Edge
March 21- March 23 2013
Lindsay & Andrew host a permaculture weekend
Two years ago we inoculated some logs...
Andrew reports on an exciting harvest
Lindsay offers some ideas on what to do differently
Andrew gives word from the mycological frontWreaths 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 containerThe Wisdom of Squirrels
Lindsay talks about taking a leap of faith
Tales of the Acorn Harvest
It's Raining Food!
turning to acorns to feed our piglets
Acorn Harvest Update
an interim report
a new food conversion option
Adding a new tool to our wood working repertoireBringing the Piglets to Slaughter
The Piglets Find a New Niche for Themselves
Warning! Graphic Images.
Opalyn Reports on our Chickens
Working with Wool
Washing A Fleece
Opalyn describes how she's gotten our wool exceptionally clean
Skirting A Fleece
Oplayn describes how to sort the parts of a raw fleece before cleaning
Pigs find a new role in our forestry workCradle to Cradle
Ashleigh offers some insights on the book Cradle to CradleGoat Milk Ice Cream!
Intern Susie shares here experience with this refeshing treatMaking a Broom
Lindsay describes her recent broomcorn adventuresDangerous 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.
Reflection on the thresholds of lifeBread for Pigs
a way to dehydrate lots of breadMaking Hand Salves
A recipe for easy, simple hand lotionOur 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
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 KlickitatThe 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
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
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
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
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
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
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