The Human Residents
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 mean goat cheese. After many years of being vegan, she went on to become a YouTube sensation with a video on humane butchering.
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.
Jeff Davis hails from southern California where he spent his youth with the ocean. He earned a BA in anthropology, then returned to his hometown to work at The Ecology Center. After four years, he left to be a steward of landscapes and small farms throughout Costa Rica, California, and Kauai. He moved to the farm in 2017, and continues to love real food, writing, painting, big ideas and spending time near water.
Jenn 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. We are lucky enough to have her on the farm in the summer where she calms wayward goats, doctors ducks and walks chickens as she crafts a beautiful third half of life as a grass-scything, roof-fixing, hole-filling, dish-washing, wisdom-dispensing badass farm grandma.
The Rest of the Farmily
Anthony "T-Bone" Andreasik
Anthony Andreasik came from the food desert of Chicago suburbs to exponentially increase Hawthorn's culinary offerings. This guy can milk goats, tame blackberries, and grow the PNW's biggest, greenest kale. Now he pens beautiful children's books, practices internal martial arts and is a certified massage therapist. Wherever he goes, Brassica jungles spring forth. He returns to Hawthorn weekly to massage the gardens and farmers. Here you see him staffing the Farm kelpline.
Senia Eisenman, veteran wilderness explorer, primitive skills enthusiast and goat wrangler extraordinaire, instructs Hawthorn Farm archery and nature skills programs for girls (and boys). After a year of living at Hawthorn, she and her sweety Lucas knit, temper, weave, quench, tan and shape their hand-made life at a nearby homestead community, "The Forge."
As Hawthorn Farm's favorite warrior-poet Quinn Bailey returns to rock midsummer weeding hoedowns, chicken processing marathons, and random building projects. When he's not teaching nature connection mentoring at Wilderness Awareness School, he practices a body/breath based martial art from Russia called Systema, crafts soul-stirring poetry, and dances like no one is watching!
Four 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. Her little sister Honey is the runt. 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 between ducks and chickens, we might choose ducks. They love the rain, love puddles, and love to eat slugs. It’s possible for us to garden because the ducks roam the farm on slug patrol every day. They also produce the richest grass-fed eggs ever.
Our flock of 30+ chickens scratch and fertilize our gardens in the winter, and our pastures in the summer. A steady stream of brown eggs flows from their pens to our happy egg customers. Daniel breeds them to develop our own strain of robust, locally-adapted birds.
Duke and Dolly are an Amish team from Iowa. They wonder why they are at this vacation resort called Hawthorn Farm. Isn't there some work to do around here?
We focus on habitat for our native pollinators, but we also appreciate a little honey from these gals. Daniel is the head beekeeper.
Bunnies are the pros at converting weeds into tasty (and adorable!) protein. A fleet of moveable 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.