Leafhopper Farm
Leafhopper Farm
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Commenced:
01/07/2013
Submitted:
30/12/2015
Last updated:
04/10/2017
Location:
Duvall, WA, US
Website:
https://leafhopperfarm.com/
Climate zone:
Cool Temperate





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Duvall, US


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Posted by Liz Crain 2 months ago

Well, we're in year 6 now and going strong! Nine people live collectivly on the landscape and most are at least tending small kitchen gardens. We've lanched a Youtube channel to broaden our demonstration teaching and keep an active blog of the farm's growth and porjects.

The farm is applying for grants through USDA and local Conservation Groups, and a Forest Stewardship plan is in the works to develop an agro-frestry system at Leafhopper Farm. This will allow the farm to not only demonstrate active permaculture projects, but also show how they fold in with state and federal conservation oppertunities in which land owners can recive grants and other physical support. Our hope is to have a matching grant to replant our stream buffers after expanding them to include more terrain for wildlife and agro-forestry projects like mushroom logs and understory fruit and nut shrubs.

Likestock systems continue to thrive. We're now holistically raising goats, pigs, chickens, ducks, and mealworms. This is the capacity the land can handel in animals right now, including what we share with the wild friends around us. Liz Crain, the owner of this land, has been working with a local group of fellow farmers to develop an egg cooperative. Through this direct engagement with the community, we've helped to make is more affordable for people to raise chickens, a gateway animal to livestock systems. In future, Leafhopper Farm plans to raise eggs for the coop with about 75 birds. If this goes well, we'll expand into ducks for meat and eggs too.

In the mean time, the farm thrives here in Western Washington, and we hope to have future workshops in topics from wild game prossesing to natural building techniques. Liz Crain is also hosting a local meetup group "wlid wanders" in which she takes a small group into local public forests to learn about the natural world and all it's bounty. Please watch us on Youtube "Leafhopper Farm" or visit our website: leafhopperfarm.com

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