Operate a Gasifier

The most reliable and sustainable solar powered battery is a tree. Trees are many other things, but one thing they are not is a lithium ion battery! The trick is converting wood biomass to electricity. This can be done using a gasifier and reciprocating engine. A long-term goal is to generate power for our silviculture and hospitality operation using a gasifier.

Gasification technology will:

  • Radically upgrade our energy circularity.
  • Reduce our dependence on heavily regulated fossil fuels.



Keep Chickens

Someday soon we hope to make a home for 6-8 laying hens.

In this house, we eat eggs.  A lot of eggs.

Keeping chickens will:

  • Provide a sustainable and humorous source of protein.
  • Improve our food circularity.
  • Improve soil health on our property.


Adopt Southern Resident Orcas

Each year, we support research and care for the Southern Resident orcas. These apex predators have watched over the Sound and sea long before our ancestors came here – and we hope they will watch over our descendants.

Through orca support, we:

  • Improve our literacy on water quality in the Sound and sea.
  • Come to appreciate one of Earth’s most intelligent inhabitants.

You too can adopt a whale!



We offer hospitality to solo travelers, families or small groups (2-3) in a midsize town in the NW WA area. To find out more, say hello on this site or social media!

As we grow in practice, we plan to expand this work to include clusters of temporary lodgings in more remote locations. We’re still noodling on the details – it may be a few years before this particular hope comes to pass.


We seek to develop a long-term connection with forest land.

This project is a long-term goal. Timing will follow the natural growth of our network.

Cultivating a forested land will:

  • Increase our energy circularity over a long-term time horizon.
  • Grow our understanding of this ecological niche.
  • Provide a land context for hospitality, storytelling, and raising food.

Oly Oysters

We cultivate Olympia oysters, or ‘olys,’ in the Puget Sound, as conservation aquaculture.

Olympia oysters, ostrea lurida, used to thrive from Sitka, AK to Baja California. Overharvest in late 19th early 20th century reduced their numbers in Puget Sound. Today, their smaller size, longer maturation time, and complex flavor make them less attractive for commercial farming – though they hold a loyal following in the Washington state shellfish community! Olys are the West Coast’s only native oyster species. Olys will naturally reproduce, ‘set,’ and grow beds in Puget Sound and the coastal bays.

In summer 2022, we started our first aquaculture project, a hobby farm of about 300 oysters. Our present model is a non-commercial, informal partnership with private tideland owners. While olys are known for their unique flavor profile, our current goal is conservation aquaculture, not human consumption! We intend to allow our oysters to reach old age. We hope their lives help replenish wild stocks along the way.

Olys provide the Sound with rich environmental benefits:

  • Olys form beds of porous, naturally engineered concrete, which serve as habitat for salmon smelt, small fish, and juvenile crabs.
  • Olys feed on phytoplankton – microscopic marine algae. When one species feeds on another, the predator regulates the population of the prey. Too many phytoplankton means the waters experience unhealthy cycles of algae bloom and die-off, creating “dead zones.” Oysters regulate algae populations.
  • Olys “upgrade” the algae they eat into complex proteins and nutrients. When the oysters are eventually eaten, they return these nutrients to the ecosystem.

If this pilot project goes well, we hope to partner with local tideland owners to create a network of small hobby farms for their ecological benefits. Further bulletins as events warrant!

O My Brother (Cascadia)

O my brother, here we stand,
We nine defenders by the coast:
All who seek the truest Westland
Must one day us pass.
Braid we water in our spirits,
Mingled slopes of earth and cloud
Imperceptibly united:
Solid with the wild.

We keep watch from weathered scarp
Upon the very edge of Earth;
Though the dark and shrouded waters
Stare back in our eyes,
Far remote we hold their borders,
Treasures hidden in our hands,
Intertwining arms delighted
Round the ocean-lands.

Ours the weight of snow descending,
Ours the verdant river run;  
Ours the misty drops of morning;
Ours the fertile heaven!
Creatures of our height can see us,
Lined on subterranean root,
Creatures of our weight can hear us,
Hear our glacial moot.

O my brother, if I’m only
Shadow in the Northern sky,
Sloping darkness in the darkness,
Riverbank of night,
I am no less solid for it!
I will shine the light of dawn:
Red of courage, red of mourning,
Morning and beyond. 

Psalmon Psoliloquy

Do we dare read the Book of Life, and laugh?
I wish I knew, but there are many pages. 
I live between its covers, Earth and Heaven,
Yet read so little as it unfurls ages.
For Christ makes light itself his bookkeeper, 
And elements of Earth his currency:
His ephahs hydrogen and nitrogen 
He weighs out of the sea upon the land.
Well it is said, the sea once dressed the Earth,
For in the dark of sea such things are found
As give God sport, and nourish human ground.
And thus God’s books are balanced in a round. 

And at the end of every day, the books
Are opened, and another book, which is
The Book of Life.  And all that happened is
Within recorded:  Living memory
In trunk or body written, births and ends,
So that one day they may be read again.
And for each phrase I hear as written down,
A hundred more pass by unseen, unheard,
But light itself sees all, fish, beast, and bird. 

And in the Book of Life, I read one page,
On it the words:  “SALMON:  ANADROMOUS.”
Anadromous?–I had to look it up;
It means, to run uphill.  Water running down
Laughs and cavorts and roars with mirthful sound,
But salmon run uphill in urgency.
Forsaking the sea, freed of ocean charms,
They rush to die in water’s open arms,
And thus arrive on land, on forest ground.
They are the temple shekel, meting out
Our blessings and depositing the sum:
The elements at sea in them come home. 

A scarred Mideastern man once came to Greece
Proclaiming Christ almost anadromous,
And people thought he spoke for foreign gods
But truly he proclaimed the God they knew
In rains and seasons, God they’d tried to prison
with their hands and call it “Temple;” in
God’s hands, fish multiply five thousand-fold!
God reads their bodies like an open book. 

So thou shalt leave some river for the salmon,
And thou shalt leave some salmon for the salmon,
And thou shalt leave some salmon for the river,
And thou shalt leave some salmon for the orca,
For you no longer wander in their land
But make your home there.  Laugh, and learn to live

                With your sister salmon sober be:
The Devil as a cougar walks about,
But if you make a loud and cheery noise,
He might well leave you be.  As Luther said,
The one thing he can’t stand is to be laughed at.