Natural Farming, a Life Practice. Living Directly, Closely with the Earth

Last updated: January 11, 2017 (4 months ago)

Listing created on: August 4, 2015

Natural Farming, a Life Practice. Living Directly, Closely with the Earth

(Toutle, Washington, United States)

  • Status: Forming
  • Started Planning: 2014
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community.
  • Community Address:
    South Toutle Rd
    Toutle, Washington,
    United States

Mission Statement:

Natural Farming
primitive living skills

Community Description:

We are two people who have been on a journey into a truly healthy lifestyle for many years, but just recently made the leap of purchasing 20 acres an hour north of portland. We believe that by living close to nature, gardening or gathering all of our own foods, growing a spiritual practice and living with like-minded folk, we can be the best possible versions of ourselves.

Right now we are…..
-Growing about an acre of food spread out on different areas throughout the property.
-Planting every seed by hand with love, but do have a tractor on site for cutting trails and the really hard projects.
-Using a mix of Masanobu Fukuoka’s Natural Farming, permaculture and our own intuition to design, grow and build.
-Living in a tipi with a wood stove and propane burner.
-Using a solar panel to power minimal electronics but are moving in the direction of living without any electricity.
-Living without refrigeration, so our food only stays as cool as the ground temperature.
-Spending much of our time in the forest, gathering berries and wild foods, listening to the plants and bathing and lounging in the creek.
-Drying herbs and making medicines.
-Buying less and making more with our own hands.
-Dumpster diving at organic groceries to supplement what we cant grow and save food from the landfill.
-Growing a more direct connection with the land upon which we live.

We believe that this space has many things to share with us, so we are practicing listening instead of imposing our will. Our intention is to learn how to live more and more direct with the earth every day, and lessen our use of all things industry-made.

We have decided on the pacific north-west for now and are looking to connect with anyone else in the area or any travelers passing through who have similar intentions for their life practice. Even if you don’t have intentions of living here, we enjoy guests and conversations with like-minded souls. We are hoping to attract those who are either familiar with or very interested in: hunting and harvesting wild edibles, building a natural home on the land (cob, straw bale, yurt, tipi etc), living without electricity, primitive skill development, listening to his/her intuition, thriving completely off the land, practicing group meditation/breathwork/dancing, being truly honest with himself/herself and others, able to express how he/she is feeling, attempting to live in a compassionate state of non-judgement, working very hard when feeling called but also able to completely relax and take time to himself/herself. These of course are our ideals and we are still practicing them daily, please come and practice with us. There are many things to figure out and your input is welcome and needed.


  • Type(s): Commune (organized around sharing almost everything), Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability)
  • Programs & Activities: Transition Town (post-petroleum and off-grid communities), School, Educational Institute or Experience, Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, WWOOF’ing, Guest Farming
  • Location: Rural


  • Status: We have raw land
  • Area: 20 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent
  • Planned Residence Types: Tiny house, Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent, Natural built structues
  • Housing Provided: Included in Membership
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)


  • Adult Members: 2
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process: send an email with your dates of interest and introduce yourself.
  • Open to new Members: Yes


  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution: Encouraged or suggested

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are totally off grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Energy sources: Solar
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: 100%
  • Food produced locally: From 50-75%


  • Common Facilities: Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Waterfront access
  • Internet Available: Yes, individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for some people.
  • Shared meals: Approximately all dinners
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.

We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network