EarthRoots is equipped with a 3-bedroom, 2-bath manufactured home containing a living room, dining room, full kitchen, front & back decks, an office area, and a laundry room. The house has electricity, running water, internet, telephone, washer, dryer, and an electric heating system.
We also have a a 10x10 ft tool shed and a 20 ft travel trailer which features a full kitchen, dining area, running hot water on demand, heating/AC system, shower, toilet, and sleeps up to 5 people. It is currently used as a main residence for one of the caretakers.
Our water comes from a year-round spring situated at the base of a mountain on the property. We use its water not only around the house, but also to maintain a vegetable garden, chicken yard, duck pond, and a fruit orchard. Long-term additions are planned, including outhouses, greywater system, rainwater collection system, a barn, greenhouses, honey bee hives, and much more.
This is not an off the grid land project nor is it an anti-technology space. We understand healing for some means withdrawing from the hustle and bustle of our daily high-tech lives, but we also believe that healing is about not struggling to keep warm or sleep comfortably. In the near future, however, we will be working towards lowering our impact by installing renewable energy systems.
The Pacific Northwest has many fascinating ecosystems including majestic ancient forests, lush alpine meadows, sodden muskegs, open woodlands, dry rocky slopes, and serene grasslands. The weather ranges from dry hot summers in the high 90s to rainy-snowy winters, dropping as low as the 20s.
EarthRoots is made up of a combination of deep wooded forest of oak, pine, fir, and madrone, and rolling meadows with an abundance of wild flowers, mushrooms, berries, and herbs. There is a seasonal pond above the main house and a seasonal creek that runs down the mountain along the east end of the land. A variety of wild animals including (but not limited to) black-tail deer, wild turkeys, red-tail hawks, bats, mountain quails, bald eagles, owls, squirrels, and snakes share this home with us. We do get the occasional rattlesnake, especially in the dry season.
The house has two entryways. Both have two raised decks with steps; the front deck has 6 steps and the back deck has 5. We currently do not have wheelchair ramps constructed on either of the decks but plan to add those as soon as funding and labor support allow. The bathrooms will be made more accessible for use in the future by adding handles and bars, as well as widening the doors for wheelchair access. We do not keep a vegan or vegetarian kitchen, though we are happy to make accommodations for dietary needs.
The living space is not scent-free. Also, 3 dogs and a cat currently live indoors and outdoors. We apologize that at this time we cannot provide fully scent-free and animal-free accommodations, and are working towards providing a scent-free and animal-free space in the near future.
The immediate area around the house is mostly flat with some uneven paths. Hiking paths are lightly maintained at the moment, and can range from mostly level to very steep. There are also some hidden paths behind wooded areas. When exploring the area, please watch for poison oak and ticks. Encounters with wild animals may occur. Do not engage or disturb. Please respect the land and all of its inhabitants. This is their home as much as it is ours.