It started as 21 acres of opportunity and
reed canary grass
on an island in the Columbia River.
Ginni Callahan acquired a farm on Puget Island (Cathlamet, WA, lower
In three months of intensive renovation, the house was made ready
Returning from Mexico in
We began rehabilitation on garage, barn, and land.
A rustic kayak launch was carved through the riverside cottonwood
forest, and trips launched from there.
Produce from SBF was sold at the Puget Island Farmer's Market in
The First Annual Lower Columbia Kayak Roundup happened in August
Camping was officially offered.
We expanded food production, especially garlic.
We sold produce at markets, to restaurants, and to individuals
The Second Annual Lower Columbia Kayak Roundup ran in August, 2008.
We moved the kayaking office in to the upgraded chicken coop and
added a wing for event registration and produce sales.
Had fantasies of constructing many buildings.
Did build a produce washing station which recycled the gray water
back into the garden.
Acquired a riding mower, and dreamed of livestock rotation.
Continued to sell produce and run kayak trips and courses.
The Third Annual Lower Columbia Kayak Roundup ran in August, 2009.
Community kitchen constructed.
Garden produced heaps of garlic.
The Fourth Annual Lower Columbia Kayak Roundup ran in August, 2010.
Small garden raised and devoured.
Many people enjoyed camping in the peaceful pasture.
Shower shed provided toasty hot showers in a rustic setting.
The fifth and final Lower Columbia
Kayak Roundup lasted from Sept 5-20, and hosted
17 BCU programs plus other half-day, full-day, and 3-day programs.
deepening human connection to the natural environment through recreation
Composting Toilet Workshop
Building, using, and learning about simple composting toilets,
by Larry Warnberg,
designer of the SCAT (Solar Composting Alternative Toilet)
As humans on this planet, we are conduits of resources and energy.
At the end, we leave with exactly what we came with, and in between
we just move things around--with our hands, with our purchases, and through