Huckleberry has a dream. Part of his dream includes research into perennial edible species that thrive in the Olympic Peninsula ecosystem. He wants to establish a legacy Food Forest that integrates a homestead with a healthy functioning wild forest that is made even more productive by the addition of diversity of edible plants as well as manure and biomass related to homestead livestock. Using restorative top-feeding non-tillage methods of soil stewardship, Huckleberry wants to demonstrate that this method is not only better for the environment but is easier, cheaper and far more productive than any system based on tillage and dependent on fossil-fuel technology.
Huckleberry knows what happens when you feed and love the soil rather than plowing, poisoning and destroying the living soil networks. Today he has stewardship of a regenerating forest where he has planted hundreds of fruit and nut trees and bushes. He has sheep and a milk cow and he uses them to feed these trees and build the soil. The soil in this location has never been plowed, so even though it has been logged probably twice, the virgin soil floor is intact. The topsoil is deep, black, loamy, rich and wonderful. Part of his dream is to show people what is possible when you feed and nurture the soil….as opposed to what is more commonly being done today. Plowing has been happening for too long. We’ve lost a lot of really great soil. The forest knows how to make soil. Huckleberry thinks it’s time to give the plow a rest and feed with nutrient-rich love instead, like the forest does.
This is a unique and wonderful opportunity to demonstrate how to creatively use livestock to build soil on fragile forest land without destroying it instead. Part of the magic of the land is that it has the convergence of two railroad grades on it. This affords the opportunity to graze the livestock on fodder up and down both grades, almost a half-mile. The large amounts of gravel on the grades give the livestock a surface to walk that does not collapse the soil. When the weather is dry and the plants are in full swing, the livestock are taken off the grades to graze in meadows that are being created with their help. Abundant edible hedgerows surround the meadows that are full of food for people, livestock and wild animals. In between the meadows are wildlife corridors comprised of native forests.
This is part of the plan. You can read more on the page called “Huckleberry’s Beautiful Dream”. The important part to consider is if you feel called as a kindred spirit to be part of this plan. The creditors are breathing hard and it’s time to find some like-minded collaborators. There’s room on the land for more house sites, for more homesteaders, for more restorative food foresters. You could have a little house in the woods with a cookstove and a milk cow. It’s a good life, to tell you the truth, not always easy, but full of beauty and love all around.