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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

Comment Wall


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Comment by Chris Wolf on June 23, 2011 at 10:44pm
OK, it's official.  I am moving out to Riverhaven!!  probably the first few weeks in July.  I am soooo excited!!
Comment by Jamie Jedinak on June 16, 2011 at 11:01pm


~ contemplating the fuel injection......


 ~Dan distributes pasture seeds


 ~ Chris's amazing green banana smoothies.......


 ~ Bonnie busy in the kitchen.............


 ~ Chris T harrowing the field


  ~ Bean poles erected that day too!


 we were all busy and had a bunch of fun planting corn and beans and seeding the field!!

Comment by Travis Linds on June 16, 2011 at 1:11pm

JOIN US Saturday 25th for Part 2 of the waste veg oil conversion workshop and another Potluck. Camp out and spend the night if you like. Enjoy the sunset and these LONGEST days of the year.

Comment by Travis Linds on June 16, 2011 at 8:41am


We planted 3 acres of a 7-way pasture/forage mix (Dan and Dana did actually), 2 acres of a perennial ryegrass and left 1 acre to trial various cover crops through a program with Washington State University Extension Program. We started off using the tractor to harrow the seeds to protect from birds or from being blown away, but due to issues with it we had to use trucks to harrow in the seeds, which worked well (thanks Jamie).

Comment by Travis Linds on June 14, 2011 at 8:53am

Please help us plant the pasture June 15th 6-8 pm.

Comment by Chris Wolf on June 13, 2011 at 10:46pm
Juliet Thompson and I are teaching a workshop on Mon, June 20th: Growing a Mushroom Garden (see the Events page for details).  It will be 5:30 to 8:00 pm at RiverHaven-- a hands-on outdoor workshop followed by potluck dinner.  Come learn and eat and laugh with us!  RSVP for address and directions.
Comment by Charles Kelm on June 12, 2011 at 9:39pm
I plan to attend your SVO workshop.  What is the address for the farm?  Thanks for doing this Travis.
Comment by Travis Linds on June 7, 2011 at 1:19pm
We are having a Waste Vegetable Oil Conversion workshop Saturday afternoon. I will be converting my VW PU and Chris Wolf will be converting hers. Contact me if interested in joining.

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