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Riverhaven Homestead


Riverhaven Homestead

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

Location: Nooksack River, Lynden
Members: 44
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

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Comment by Jamie Jedinak on July 25, 2011 at 1:18am


~ WoW!  Lookin' Beautiful!  So happy so many could make it out there and participate! 

I had to work the entire day and miss the fun!  I hope to catch more next weekend!  :)  Jamie

Comment by Travis Linds on July 24, 2011 at 11:49pm

Herb Spiral Pics

Comment by Sarah Robertson on July 22, 2011 at 2:21pm
I will not be able to make it to the herb spiral, i will be working that day.  I can make it to the one on July 30th though! I look forward to that!
Comment by Krista Rome on July 20, 2011 at 11:20pm
ONE MORE WORKSHOP! The following Saturday, July 30th, from 3-6pm, Chris Testa and I will lead our Winter Gardening Workshop (also see the events page for details). As usual, the optional potluck follows.
Comment by Chris Wolf on July 20, 2011 at 4:45pm

OUR NEXT UPCOMING WORKSHOP: Building an Herb Spiral (see the Events page).  Sunday, July 24, 3 to 5 pm followed by optional potluck and chillin' in the beautiful evening light with friends.

Comment by Travis Linds on July 20, 2011 at 8:35am
Here is a good article that Charles sent me on dealing with flooding, very applicable to River Haven.
Comment by Travis Linds on July 18, 2011 at 3:11pm

Construction of an Herb Spiral during the workparty on 7/16/11. THANKS for those of you who helped!


And a pics of the garden loving the RAIN.


And a pic of the New Fall Garden.

Comment by Jamie Jedinak on July 17, 2011 at 12:32am








Comment by Travis Linds on July 13, 2011 at 5:52pm
thanks for the great pictures Jamie! I still plan on creating a River Haven Picasa account to upload all these pics.
Comment by Jamie Jedinak on July 12, 2011 at 11:11pm


~ Rocket Outdoor Cook Stove Workshop at River Haven ~ A Fine and Sunny Day!


Jaren adding the Perlite (10), cement (1), water (2) mixture to the 25 gallon barrel.



Peter's Rocket stove demo heating up water


small and VERY dry timber sticks is all that is needed to get a roaring stove heated.


Peter - Our workshop instructor


Doug brought his stove and supported Peter at the workshop


This was the project stove that Peter brought for us all to work on together.


the inside


Travis cutting out the hole for the fire chamber tubing


new tubing put inside


Travis and Peter discover that the tubing appears a bit high up and Travis cleverly creates a solution by filling the lower chamber with soda cans instead of using up precious/valuable ~ perlite/cement mixture !!  Great thinking on the fly and adaptation with recyclables!!!


Travis then fills the top portion of the soda cans with the cardboard soda box in order to create a flat surface to receive the insulative perlite/cement mixture next.



Travis packs perlite/cement mixture around the fire chamber tubing

Because Travis was unable to locate the correct size vertical inner tubing to connect with the fire chamber tubing - he had to postpone completion until another day.


All appeared to have a blast and some talk was devoted to gardening out in the pasture, oil burning vehicles and of course the children enjoyed themselves and the animals.



 ~ Namaste ~ Jamie



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