The Human Residents
Alexia Allen (she/her)
Alexia Allen has lived at Hawthorn Farm since 2003, crafting a vision of the world she wants to live in. This includes beautiful and productive gardens, ample wild space and creatures, happy farm animals, and vibrant, loving human relationships. Studying nature for the past 20 years has brought her a deep appreciation of the threads that weave ecological and human communities together. She is indebted to her many years of work at Wilderness Awareness School in Duvall, WA. Creativity guides her life, whether in making a stylish felt vest or a tasty goat cheese. After many years of being vegan, she went on to become a YouTube sensation with a video on humane butchering.
Daniel Kirchhof (he/him)
Daniel Kirchhof sits daily with some of the greatest teachers of listening—the creek, trees, and wild animals of Hawthorn's woodlands. This listening guides his work as a visionary story-teller, carpenter/architect, and community builder. He creates farm and nature programs reconnecting people with food and hands-on skills and leads exhilarating archery programs, sharing life lessons through the magic of the bow and arrow. Whether tanning buckskins, tending his cabbage patch sauerkraut garden, building interesting structures, leading a community council for all ages, or singing a song with friends, Daniel brings an open, honest heart to his people.
Jenn Wolfe (she/her)
Jenn Wolfe spends winter in Hawaii with her kids and grandkids. Others seasons you can find her eldering animal tracking and nature connection programs at nearby Wilderness Awareness School, and travelling the world reviving culture. We are lucky enough to have her on the farm in the summer where she calms wayward goats, doctors ducks and charms chickens as she crafts a beautiful third half of life as a grass-scything, roof-fixing, hole-filling, dish-washing, wisdom-dispensing bad-ass farm grandma.
Bob Pahl (he/him/they)
Bob Pahl was born and raised on Dakȟóta lands near Minneapolis and came to Hawthorn Farm via the Wilderness Awareness School’s Anake Outdoor Program. Formerly a corporate process improvement geek he’s reclaiming "retirement," by embodying his indigenous farming roots: raising rambunctious rabbits, and tuning up everything from broken wheelbarrows to neglected record keeping systems. Away from Hawthorn, Bob offers his presence as a grandfather to Lilly, climate activist, explorer of Pacific NW wild places, and elder.
Jeff Davis hails from southern California where he spent his youth with the ocean. Armed with a BA in anthropology, he returned to his hometown to work at The Ecology Center a nexus of gardens and people. After four years growing food and community, he stewarded landscapes and small farms throughout Costa Rica, California, and Kauai. Jeff lived at Hawthorn Farm 2017-19, and continues to grow great food, write witty poetry, paint lovely pictures, cultivate big ideas and replenish his soul in and near water. What do you call a farmer/artist? ... A Fartist!
Senia Eisenman is a veteran wilderness explorer, primitive skills enthusiast and goat wrangler extraordinaire. After a year of living at Hawthorn Farm, she returns regularly to instruct Farming, Nature Skills, and Archery programs, tend gardens, process meat animals, and milk the goats. She and her husband Lucas knit, temper, weave, quench, tan, build, and shape their hand-made life at a nearby homestead "The Forge."
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Lover of groovey music, Mike Kopf can often be found at the dance parties he's DJing, or playing music with one of his bands. He's also fond of lying in repose upon his surf-board waiting for another big wave while watching pelicans enact scoop-billed dives for fish. He's here at Hawthorn Farm every month uniting his love for nature-connection, ancient skills, and wacky games in the Boys' Archery Monthly Program. For his day-job he runs a mentoring program for Bellingham Public Schools, and creates and operates one of the first nature camps for LGBTQ+ teens called "Camp Out-There."
Three dairy goats provide milk and cuteness. They turn blackberry brambles into tasty cheese. Figgy Pudding the black LaMancha goat is the queen of the herd. Two Nigerian Dwarf sisters, Freya and Fat Pumpkin, are feisty—but their milk is oh so creamy! The annual crop of goat babies is a highlight of the spring.
If we had to choose a perfect partner for Pacific NW gardening, we might choose ducks. They bask in rain, revel in puddles, and can even swallow slugs. It’s only possible for us to grow kale and cabbages because ducks happily roam the garden borders on a daily slug patrol. And... they produce rich pasture-powered eggs.
Our flock of 24+/- Delaware breed layers scratch and fertilize our gardens in the winter, and mow our pastures in the summer. A steady stream of brown eggs flows from their pens. We home-breed them to develop our strain of robust, locally-adapted birds.
Duke and Dolly are an Amish-trained team from Iowa. They know their trade and are eager to put a shoulder into it. They wonder why they are at this vacation resort called Hawthorn Farm. Isn't there any real work to do around here?
We care for our partnership with our native pollinators the mason bees, and when the plants are flowering, we also appreciate a little honey from these gals.
These fuzzies are pros at converting weeds into tasty (and adorable!) protein. A fleet of move-able pens lets young rabbits hop on fresh grass under our fruit trees.
These 4.23 acres joined the farm in 2014. 4 acres are in a forest stewardship plan, where the goal is to have old-growth cedar forest in 200 years. Daniels Creek runs through it—the creek was named that even before Daniel started visiting it every day. The woods graciously host many of our programs.
The Fir House
Here’s where we’re really reclaiming suburbia. Renting this out to friendly folks provides another income stream for the farm, and gives us space to grow more food. The Fir House dreams of undergoing a radical permaculture makeover someday.
The Farm House
A wheelchair-accessible house built in 1988, this house features many homestead retrofits (look Ma! A woodstove!). This house holds the central living area, kitchen, and pantry. The big living room hosts gatherings of up to 80 people.
This is where the magic happens. The sunlight that falls on this ground turns into tasty food! What! With greenhouses and plenty of space, we are able to grow food for us and our animals. The farmily eats well from the perennial and annual plants serenading our palates through the seasons.