Address: Trails End Road Southeast 22727, Yelm WA 98597 / (360) 894-7917
About Us / Biotopia - Farm & Forage History: We, on Biotopia, are committed to keeping the knowledge and practice of living off the land alive - as well as being intimately connected with Nature, in many different ways.Our practice encompasses wildcrafting herbs and mushrooms, that are growing on our permaculture farm and on the adjacent private forestland. We are offering workshops in Local SuperFood/ Wild Edibles/Medicinals (identification, preparation, preservation, consumption) and mushroom identification and gathering. Survival techniques like primitive fire making and shelter building are part of our repertoire, as well as nature awareness and contact with the fairy world. Also available are introductions into our permaculture practices, including food forest.We guarantee, that our products are natural, wild crafted and handled with love and care - Our respect and love for all living beings and our Mother Earth is genuine and we love sharing our abundance as well as our approach.Feel free to e-mail us for our upcoming events and/or to make arrangements for private workshops, including cooking classes at our place or yours. We also offer private consultations by appointment.The Story: Christine, Raymond and Merlin started out to build their garden on a field of grass/weeds and forest on clay soil. In the beginning they used natural gardening practices and in 2006 they transitioned to permaculture practices, never ever using any chemicals. They are enjoying a lot of vegetables this way without the labor intensive practices of 'normal gardening'. It also enables them to have more time for foraging. One half acre is dedicated to their chickens, that supply them with eggs. Heritage turkeys are building their own family. They are growing their own veggies and wildcrafting as much as they can on their farm and the adjacent forest. Several Beehives are part of their farm, as well as dogs and cats. Four years ago, when Merlin attended the Wilderness Awareness School in Duvall, Christine's passion for plants and their wisdom was rekindled. The next step of offering events and workshops, with subjects ranging from Botany to Herbalism, Nature awareness and Primitive Fire making, was realized one year later.Short Bios:Christine holds a masters degree in botany and soil science and has used wild edibles/herbs for decades and loves gardening the permaculture way. She is an avid forager and self trained herbalist. Merlin is a passionate naturalist and growing teenager, learning with the Wilderness Awareness School in Duvall/Washington. One of his passions is foraging for mushrooms and he loves teaching how to make a fire by using the bow drill kit.Raymond brings his expertise when the soil has to be turned or big equipment has to be used to transform the landscape and shelters to be build. He loves life.