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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 Travis Linds on June 27, 2011 at 8:48am
The crayfish tasted excellent, like little lobsters!
Comment by Juliet Thompson on June 26, 2011 at 11:57pm
The before and after pictures of the crayfish rock. Did they pass the taste test??
Comment by Micah & Bonnie on June 26, 2011 at 9:01pm
I dont have much experience with natural dying but would be excited to learn and help you paint you room! I am enjoying the knowledge and care that is going into this project
Comment by Krista Rome on June 26, 2011 at 8:32pm

For basketry I use nettle for light green, walnut hulls for a deep brown, blue elderberries for purply, oregon grape root for bright yellow. I'm a big fan of bright mexican colored homes, though...these natural dyes fade easily, but I think there might be some way to make them not fade so much. With dying materials it's using a mordant.


Comment by Chris Testa on June 26, 2011 at 6:32pm
As for plants we have growing on the property.. alder bark is a nice deep orange, ripe twinberry is gray/black.  I don't know how desirable either are as a room color, anyone aware of any other native plant dyes (local or not)?
Comment by Krista Rome on June 26, 2011 at 1:31am
I loved it in zambia with the mud paint. They had sources of colored mud (red, yellow, white, brown) they would go collect and mix it into a bucket with water and paint it on the mud bricks to decorate their houses. I loved it. This sounds interesting too! I'll come if I'm free.
Comment by Jamie Jedinak on June 24, 2011 at 5:34pm


~ Hi Chris, I'd love to learn and help out - with the chemical sensitivities this is a great opportunity to try something else!


:) Jamie

Comment by Chris Wolf on June 24, 2011 at 1:25pm
I am scheming about making MILK PAINT to paint my room in the house there!  I wonder if people would be into a workshop for making paint out of milk and lime/chalk, the old-fashioned way.  And then helping me paint my room?  It could happen as early as July 3-4 if the windows are done by then.  Yay!
Comment by Jamie Jedinak on June 24, 2011 at 8:18am


~ That's so great Travis!  Yippee!  Keen find!  :)  Congrats on your decision Chris W!  See you Saturday!

Comment by Travis Linds on June 24, 2011 at 12:36am

YEAH! And guess what, we have CRAYFISH in the creek all the way along the farm!!


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