Wild Earth Wisdom Eco Farm is an on-going experimental and sustainable, homestead, that contains over 16 acres of farmland, forest, meadows and two large ponds. The house was the original farmhouse of the area built in the 1880’s. It passed hands over a few generations where previous owners grew food, sheep, chickens, goats as well as geese, partridges and pigeons. The original existing brick century home was super insulated from the outside, adding a board and batten, vertical wood siding exterior, totaling 16^ think walls! Rain water is collected off the roofs to water the beautiful perennial and vegetable gardens.
In 2014, when the property was purchased, a beginning orchard was planted with a variety of over 40 fruit and nut trees and bushes. Since then, a large greenhouse has been installed that has potential to be heated throughout the colder seasons. Beehives have been added, pollinating the gardens and fields, as well as producing delicious wildflower honey and beeswax. However, they have been struggling with disease and bears and we have had some tragic losses. Hundreds of organic meat chickens have been grown and lay chickens have produced brown & blue eggs! There are over 400 lavender plants growing, along with other medicinal herbs, a yearly large vegetable garden full of leafy greens, squash, potatoes, and root vegetables. Shitake and Oyster mushrooms spores have been planted into logs and harvested throughout the years. To store food over the winter, a simple, new cold cellar, was dug into the ground behind the house, set into a hill. Utilizing water from one of the 1 acre ponds, and an irrigation system was also installed to supply water to all areas of the property.
The future plans for this property include increasing its self-sufficiency in terms of food production and off-grid alternative energy systems. Permaculture & Biodynamic farming practices are slowly being incorporated. Non-toxic, healthy and/or recycled building materials are used in renovations or future building projects as much as possible. Small scale experimental and teaching building projects, such as building with wood, straw, cob, clay plasters and tiny house projects are slowly being built on the land.
As a steward of the property, Ingrid has entered into a sacred partnership with the land that is about a reciprocal relationship of giving and healing the land as well as with how the land gives back.
All Wild Earth Wisdom WISDOM, in-person workshops, are offered at the Wild Earth Wisdom Eco Farm.