Where Spirit and Nature Meet
Our farm is located in the tiny village (pop. 2000) of Venersborg in southwest Washington. We do many things here. We have beef and dairy cows, dairy goats, layers and broiler chickens, seasonal turkeys and many honey bees. The farm is a bee sanctuary with native pollinator hedgerows and blooming bee pastures. We grow a dozen kinds of apples, grapes, berries and other fruit, have a vegetable garden and two greenhouses for summer and winter. We grow and bale our own hay and always have a construction project going. Living on a working farm is a real pleasure and even when the work is hard, we feel blessed to be in partnership with this land. We work with joyful hearts and open minds in gratitude for the many lessons our good farm teaches.
UPCOMING & RECENT EVENTS
* Jacqueline & Robin Wise have beautiful photos and cards of their bee photographs they’re setting up to sell. Robin has made 40 minute CDs of the bees singing “The Song of Increase.” Visit the bee site for more info. All the Bee Stuff
* Joseph teaches an Equine Natural Movement class (Dec. 7-13)
* Jacqueline speaks at the Clark County Bee Club about her trip to Dominican Republic to help rural beekeepers become biodynamic. Photos! Honey to taste!
* Jacqueline speaks at the Portland Plant Medicine Conference (Nov. 15-17)
* Jacqueline teaches a bee class at the Hood River Bee Club (Nov. 18)
* Joseph teaches an Equine Natural Movement class (Nov. 11-16)
* Jacqueline teaches — Honeybee Successes & Failures: How did your bees do this year? (Oct. 12)
This is an unstructured class wherein we scoop up all your unanswered questions and get them answered. Group participation so we can share our bee stories and learn from each other, successes and failures. Don’t be shy. We’ve each got something to contribute to our collective knowledge. Jacqueline’s here for backup and looking forward to hearing what’s happened this past year with you and your bees. Read more about this Bee Class
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* WSU MASTER GARDENERS TOUR of our FARM
October 22 in the morning. A farm tour and discussion of biodynamic agriculture.
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* Volunteering at the Home Orchard Society’s “ALL ABOUT FRUIT SHOW”
Saturday & Sunday Oct. 19-20 at the Clackamas Fairgrounds in Canby, OR. (10-4)
RECENT EVENTS (and some we’ll do again soon)
* Our 7th Annual APPLE-FEST & HEIRLOOM APPLE TASTING was Saturday, September 21 at the county’s Heritage Farm on 78th St. in Vancouver. Our Apple Tasting has been so popular we outgrew the little schoolhouse nearby. This year we were part of Clark County’s Farm Harvest Celebration and — yippee! — we had room to spread out and invite more nonprofit organizations to participate. The Home Orchard Society again identified backyard apples people brought in. They showed people how to grow apple trees and led a tour of the farm’s impressive young orchard on the hillside. Many grownups and kids made scrumptious old-fashion apple pies to bake at home. The Master Preservers booth was busy all day long showing people how to make delicious apple dishes. Their apple relish was a hit! Naturescaping gave an inspiring demonstration on creating pollinator gardens. And of course we had over 200 different kinds of heirloom apples for everyone to taste. Yes, that was fun! More about the Apple Fest
* BIODYNAMIC APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM
We are a Mentor Farm with the North American Biodynamic Apprenticeship Program (NABDAP). We provide training and education in a two year study program for people who want to learn biodynamic agriculture. Learn more about NABDAP
Thanks everyone who came to our well-attended Washington Tilth Farm Walk on July 15. We had a great time!
The Sacred Beekeeping class on August 3rd was fabulous. Thank you for all your support in bringing respectful beekeeping methods to the bees. Sacred Beekeeping
Living on a farm is a fulfilling, busy life with moments of great humor and insight. Take a few minutes to read what happens on our farm. We’ve got plenty of stories here. Scroll down to the bottom and you’ll see links for more farm photos and stories. Enjoy!
Joseph & Jacqueline Freeman
Jacqueline is our resident bee and garden gal. Last year she spoke at the Organic Beekeepers Conference in Arizona and the Women’s Permaculture Conference and this year she was hired to create a five year biodynamic/organic program for rural beekeepers in Dominican Republic through the U.S. Embassy’s Agricultural Development Program. If we can get her to sit down in front of her laptop a bit longer, she will finish writing her book about her deep relationship with honeybees. On the farm she teaches monthly bee classes, a different one each month. To be notified about them, visit our honeybee website and sign up for our BEE Newsletter. Visit our bee website where we talk about kind and respectful ways to be in relationship with honeybees.
Joseph is the animal guy on the farm. He has a deep sensitivity to the needs of all our livestock and a particular fondness for horses. In 1995 he took his professional background in Structural Integration for humans and applied it to horses. He developed a program that returns horses to optimal balance and flexibility. He’s had many articles published and will begin his book in the near future. In 2003 he started a school to teach people how to be Equine Natural Movement practitioners and have a career working with horses. To learn more about this work, visit
The EQUINE Natural Movement School
Each fall our farm hosts an heirloom apple tasting where you can taste over 200 kinds of apples. Both of us have apples in our past and introducing people to the pleasures of these beautiful old heirloom apples is a real delight. We even discovered a ‘thought-to-be-extinct’ apple that grows on our farm:
Rare Old Apples that Taste like Roses
Watch Lisa Fenderson’s movie of our first (and far smaller) annual apple event
Heirloom Apples at the One-Room Schoolhouse
AGRITHERAPY and FARM STAYS
De-stress in a calm environment and reconnect with nature.
This year we spent a lot of time on farm renovation: Two new greenhouses, upgrading the farm’s electric system, working on pastures and fencing. We’re not booking farm stays right now but hope to do them again in the near future. Contact us to ask when we will.
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