Organic Orchard, Forest, and Water
Forests occupy one-half of Healing Farm. There are three main forest types. A mature second growth Douglas-fir and Amabilis Fir occupy an east facing well drained slope. A lower lying area consists of mature/veteran old growth western red cedar, western hemlock, Sitka spruce, broadleaf maple interspersed with natural springs and perennial streams. The remaining forest area is a relatively young stand of Alder, Cedar and Maple. The older forested areas serve as home to barred owls, pileated woodpeckers and a variety of song birds. The younger Alder forest stand provides a source of wood for heating the home and maple syrup shed. The broadleaf maple trees in the forest also serve as a source of Healing Farm maple syrup. Scattered throughout the farm are other tree species including the Pacific Dogwood and Hawthorne.
Since 2004 over 850 fruit and nut trees have been planted in our Orchard. This includes the following fruit and nut varieties: Apple, Cherry, Peach, Apricot, Nectarine, Asian & European Pear, Plum, Mulberry, Filbert, Almond, Walnut and Chestnut.
Berries and Grapes
We also have Berries and Grapes and since 2008, 19 varieties of grapes (table and wine) and 9 varieties of blueberries have been planted.
All natural streams on Healing Farm flow from undisturbed forested areas. All water used on Healing Farms is from clean well water systems. The water is not treated with any chemicals. All fruit and nut trees, berry and grape plants are watered by micro drip irrigation systems.