We are a family in search of simplicity and beauty, yearning to live an authentic and creative life rooted deeply in place, relationship, gratitude and love for each other and wild places. Through these pages we hope to take economics back to its ecological roots, reconnecting it with home, nature and the choices we make. Find out a little bit more about us below and through our writings.
David – I work as a forest ecologist restoring formerly logged areas to old-growth forest or at least nudging them in that direction. I am an ecologist and naturalist at heart and love learning and sharing the wondrous nature of life with others. My passions include backpacking, hiking, fly fishing, wild foraging, doing anything with my family, cooking, making things, writing and poetry. I find inspiration in the woods, mountains, deserts, rivers and deserted beaches of our home bioregion in northwest California. I am also a practitioner of Soto Zen Buddhism and love the challenge of bringing those deep teachings into my daily life. I am interested in the practiculture inherent in farming, gardening, natural building and living simply. My favorite moments are when I let go and leap, twirl and joyously flow in the present moment. There is no moment but this moment. “The world is its own magic,” said Shunryu Suzuki.
Kristin – I work as a stay-at-home mom to our two daughters and love it, most of the time! While doing that I also take care of 90 plus laying hens, work on renovating an old school bus into a tiny home and volunteer on a nearby farm that specializes in free-range and organic meat and eggs. I am passionate about being creative in day-to-day life – finding ways to make whatever it is that is needed or wanted, and using the creative moments to help educate our daughters and give them confidence to explore their own ideas. Some of my favorite moments come when they are the ones to educate me, rather than vice versa, and I love to hear my daughter’s ideas for whatever projects we are working on. I enjoy exploring the outdoors, cooking and baking, working on art and craft projects, building things, and dancing with my girls.
We all take care of our family business – free ranging hens that roam a nearby vegetable and fruit farm. The hens roam among apple, pear and plum trees benefiting the orchard by mowing down the grass, munching up the bugs and adding their nitrogenous fertilizer to the ground. They, along with their coop, are moved monthly to a different part of the orchard. Check out “Orchard Eggs” on Facebook and Pinterest for more information and pictures of our hens. We have all worked hard to convert the once lawn of our home to a food producing, biodiversity begetting urban homestead. At home we have added fruit trees, mounded strawberry beds, native plants, medicinal herbs, blueberry bushes, vegetable beds, Muscovy ducks and so much more. We have tried to integrate permaculture and ecological principles into everything that we have done including keyhole beds, plant guilds, companion planting, sheet mulching.
We are often guided by the following quote from Howard Thurman and wish for you the same!
“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go and do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”