The Farm as An Organism
Seven Seeds Farm
has been designed as a productive permaculture farm ecosystem for the past 11 years. My goal has been to demonstrate permaculture in action through application of the principles and techniques within a economically and ecologically viable farm. The land now includes interconnected systems of poultry, sheep, seed crops, fruits, vegetables, aquaculture, ecoforestry, education, coppice craft, and community outreach.
Don Tipping and his family have stewarded Seven Seeds Farm
for the past 14 years on the north slope of Grayback Mountain in Williams, Oregon. They produce fruits, vegetables, seeds, wool, eggs, and lamb. Their farm has been designed to function as a self-contained, life regenerating organism with waste products being recycled and feeding other elements of the system. Lauded as one of the best examples of a small productive Biodynamic and Permaculture farms in the northwest, Seven Seeds helps to mentor new farmers through internships and workshops.
Don helped to found the Siskiyou Sustainable Cooperative which manages a 150 share CSA, commercial seed growing, an equipment co-op and internship curriculum among 12 cooperating farms. Don is currently serving as the president of the Family Farmers Seed Cooperative.
Don has been a regular contributor to the Permaculture Activist, the Biodynamics Journal, OSU extension programs and other local media.