Satoyama Homestead 里山  

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Gardening outside the lines.

Mission

To live abundantly by honoring nature, and to cultivate a community for the free exchange of knowledge and resources for living gently on the earth.

Vision

Satoyama Homestead is a model for cultivating a mutually-beneficial relationship between people and the land. 

To realize this vision, Satoyama Homestead operates as an edible landscape, outdoor classroom, and demonstration micro-farm to support evidence-based residential-scale agriculture and horticulture.

Goals for the future include:

  • Expanding Yardbird Composting to a residential/commercial composting service
  • Raising honeybees: queens, nucs or packages
  • Designing edible container gardens for trade or sale
  • Raising all-natural heritage vegetable seedlings and perennial cuttings for trade or sale
  • Expanding the Satoyama Homestead site to add livestock and commercial-scale composting operations, including
  1. community pig share
  2. mixed poultry flock for eggs and meat
  3. Sato Llama, a guard llama for the flock
  4. an Egyptian-style mud daub pigeon dovecote
  5. conducting basic research into the role of birds and other wildlife in revegetating clearcut land
  • Opening an offsite location, Satoyama in the City 里山, to bring the healing power of edible nature and affordable housing to a nearby community in need
  • Offering Website design, management, and sustainable hosting services for similar initiatives and organizations
  • Consulting services for projects like sustainable and edible landscaping, apiculture, poultriculture, and composting


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Values

We strive to live out the three permaculture ethics:

Earth Care
  • Respect for natural communities and their environments and ecosystems
  • Appreciation of time as a resource and not a constraint; respect for seasonality and participation in the Slow Movement
  • Use of natural materials sourced on-site or locally
  • Minimal, strategic use of conventionally-powered machinery

People Care
  • Restoring relationships between people and land for the well-being of all
  • Achieving wellness by working the land and enjoying its bounty
  • Respect for others' knowledge, experience, and abilities

Fair Share
  • Reciprocity
  • Practicing the Honorable Harvest
  • Sharing our bounty with others
  • Seeking support through in-kind or voluntary donations
  • Adopting an attitude of gratitude