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Riverhaven Homestead


Riverhaven Homestead

Permaculture-based eco-homestead located on the Nooksack River in Lynden.

Location: Nooksack River, Lynden
Members: 43
Latest Activity: May 31, 2013

River Haven

Riverhaven is a community located on the confluence of Fishtrap Creek and the Nooksack River that is founded on Permaculture principles. The natural current of this place is pulling together a diverse group of people with a common vision of self resiliency, varied skills and talents, and a common respect for the Earth & her inhabitants. Current residents are Chris Testa & Cadence, Krista Rome, and Richard and Hilary Kauffman. We are just beginning, but are already growing and raising most of our own organic food and processing our own fuel (waste vegetable oil). Riverhaven is also the home of the Straight Vegetable Oil Co-op where members can share equipment and space and provide their own fuel. We will be teaching ongoing workshops on homesteading, Permaculture, and related skills- and we host informal visits and work parties frequently- so contact us if there is something you want to learn or share.

Discussion Forum


Started by Chris Wolf. Last reply by Krista Rome May 31, 2013. 4 Replies

We are so excited to have new animals added to our family this week!  We got two alpacas and four sheep, and they are quite wonderful creatures.  The sheep did give Chris T and Richard quite a workout when they escaped during transfer and had to be…Continue

Let Us Feed You (or help you feed yourself)

Started by Chris Wolf. Last reply by Chris Wolf Mar 5, 2012. 2 Replies

This discussion will keep you updated as to what products we have for sale or barter at any given time... mostly food and food-producing plants and animals that you can grow yourself. Everything on our farm is raised according to Permaculture…Continue

Ongoing Projects - Regular Updates

Started by Chris Wolf. Last reply by Krista Rome Feb 15, 2012. 6 Replies

This may morph into a blog or some other method of getting the information out, but we feel a good way to communicate ongoing work, ideas, celebrations, accomplishements, struggles and the rest is needed.Starting with this week: This morning we…Continue

Primitive and Traditional Living Skills

Started by Travis Linds. Last reply by Krista Rome Aug 29, 2011. 13 Replies

I'd love for us to learn and teach more Primitive and Traditional Living Skills at River Haven. There is a gathering held late summer at Skalitude Retreat Center that I would for sure attend (and have been wanting to attend), if I have the vacation…Continue

Comment Wall


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Comment by David MacLeod on June 26, 2012 at 5:05pm

Congrats Krista and Chris, keep up the great work!

Comment by Krista Rome on June 23, 2012 at 5:37pm

Chris and I had a very successful first day at the Lynden Farmers Market today. We had a beautiful, colorful booth full of lettuce, beets, garlic greens, garlic scapes, herbs, strawberries, peas, flaxseed, kale, chard, salad mix, sweet onions, carrots, celery, fava beans, herb starts, and apple trees!  We looked like real farmers!!  (wow, maybe we are real farmers)  And there were lots of customers and a really fun atmosphere.  It was such a great day.

Comment by jasmin liepa on February 16, 2012 at 1:46pm

hi chris and krista.....i have 2 pussy willow twigs rooting in a glass of water..interested in planting them along edges to hold soil together?let me know soon...jasmin

Comment by Krista Rome on November 16, 2011 at 11:21am

Sauerkraut-making party friday at noon at Riverhaven.

Comment by Krista Rome on October 27, 2011 at 10:19pm

We're smoking and canning salmon this sunday at Riverhaven, all day, if anybody is interested. Call me if so, and we can figure out the timing so you get to see all ends of the process.  224-4757

Comment by Jamie Jedinak on October 3, 2011 at 9:06pm


~ Sounds like a BLAST! 

I will be at The Permie Convergence...sad to miss you all there!!!  :) 


May THE GREAT PUMPKIN bring you much luck and Great Joy says Charlie Brown.  :)~

Comment by Chris Wolf on October 3, 2011 at 3:08pm
Giant Pumpkin Carving Day!  A fun day for kids (or kids at heart) to harvest an enormous pumpkin from our field and carve or paint it.  Sunday, Oct 16th from about 2pm to 5pm, followed by optional dinner potluck.  We suggest you bring a $5 donation for the pumpkin if you are able, and a pumpkin-themed dish or local harvest dish to share for dinner.  RSVP to me, Chris Testa, or Krista Rome so we know how many to expect.  Happy Autumn!
Comment by Chris Wolf on September 23, 2011 at 4:26pm
Also... Riverhaven would love to acquire a canoe and a rowboat for navigating river, creek, and winter flood waters :)  If you have a small watercraft laying around gathering dust we would love to barter for it or do a "long term loan"!
Comment by Chris Wolf on September 23, 2011 at 4:23pm
If anyone is interested in learning Fall food preserving techniques (canning, drying, cider pressing, kim chee, etc) we would love your help with the massive amount of food we need to preserve in the next few weeks.  Contact me, Chris Testa, or Krista Rome to coordinate our schedules (Mondays and evenings are best).
Comment by Krista Rome on September 16, 2011 at 8:58pm

Hey All! Please come to our Equinox Harvest Potluck on Sunday Sept 25 around 6pm. Bean & Grain Threshing party prior to the potluck for any who are interested. Here's the link to the event for more details:


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