Alderleaf Wilderness College and Farm

Monroe, Washington, United States

  • Last updated: November 27, 2018 (3 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: June 3, 2008

Mission Statement

Alderleaf Wilderness College’s mission is to inspire and empower people to be lifelong stewards on the natural world.

Community Description

Alderleaf Wilderness College is a nature, sustainability, and wilderness survival school.

Alderleaf Wilderness College’s land is a developing permaculture farm nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. It is located above the Skykomish River valley near the town of Monroe, Washington, 30 miles northeast of Seattle. Our 15-acre property is an evolving model of environmental sustainability. Alderleaf Wilderness College has its office and classrooms on site and several staff, interns, and student live on site.

The large forested portion of the land contains giant mossy cedars, a cascading creek, a diversity of wildlife, and several wetlands. It is adjacent to thousands of acres of forest lands with many lakes, streams, and mountains.

The land is in the process of integrating a permaculture design plan. The farm includes cabins, houses, a large barn, beautiful pastures, garden space, and fruit trees.

A limited number of rooms for rent are available to staff, interns, and students in our Wilderness Certification Program and occasionally others interested in being involved with Alderleaf. Residents share a passion for nature, sustainability, and community, and often enjoy the opportunity to grow organic food and steward the land.



  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Student Housing or Student Co-Op
  • Programs & Activities: School, Educational Institute or Experience
  • Location: Rural


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 24 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building
  • Current Number of Residences: 4
  • Housing Provided: Rental
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)


  • Adult Members: 6
  • Child Members: 1
  • Non-member Residents: 0
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    If you are interested in visiting our farm, contact Alderleaf Wilderness College through our website,, or by phone: 360-793-8709.

  • Membership Process:

    Rooms are rented separately. When a room becomes available we advertise it on Craigslist. A completed rental application is required for consideration.


  • Decision Making: property is managed by Alderleaf Wilderness College
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    the property is managed by Alderleaf Wilderness College


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution: No
  • Additional Comments:

    helping in the gardens and land is optional

    rooms and cabins rent from $450 to $800 per month

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 26-49%
  • Energy sources: Solar, Connected to the Grid
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 26-49%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Library, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Fire pit, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.

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nature, permaculture, sustainable living, wilderness survival, ethnobotany, outdoor education