The Tree House Homestead was founded June of 2007. After visiting close to 30 rural properties first hand, we settled on our current location. It was quickly named "The Tree House" by our son, only 3 at the time. Our 5 acre property is located in a lovely rural area of the South Puget Sound region of Washington state. Surrounded by plenty of trees and farmland, our area is perfect for raising a family.
(My husband and son with our home in the background in May of 2007 on one of our many visits to The Tree House Homestead).
We are continuously reminded of our nickname, "The Evergreen State," every time we gaze out the windows. Not a day goes by that one of us does not remark, "I just love it here." We are fortunate to be nestled in a wonderful area between the Cascades and Olympic mountain ranges. We have peek-a-boo views of Mt. Rainier. We are within 2 hours of the mountains and ocean. The city is far enough away to be forgotten about, yet close enough for work and shopping. Life here is good.
We have enjoyed the process of slowly turning our property into our dream home. This includes working in the garden, building the barn, and all the various projects like fencing, landscaping, and household renovation. Being transplants from the city, learning as much as we can about small-scale farming, sustainable living, and livestock husbandry has been such a fun adventure for us.
Our first livestock were 3 llamas and 4 alpacas which satisfied the need for learning about fiber arts and DIY tasks such as shearing and herd care. Due to economic changes in our household, the camelid herd was sold off during the Summer of 2009. Along came two sheep to keep the pasture grazed down. Then a turkey joined us. They are gone, and now we have rabbits as our current focus.
My son and I are both ARBA members. I have toured 7 rabbitries in Washington state and have attended many state rabbit shows to learn as much as possible from experienced breeders and exhibitors. My research is continuous and ongoing. I really believe in the promotion of rabbits and am happy to answer any questions on the subject.
Our current breed of rabbit is the rare American Chinchilla. We also have our beloved pet Netherland Dwarf rabbit and my two German angora x Satin angoras. Heck, I can always use a new fiber to play with! We hope to primarily focus on the American Chinchilla as it is a distinct American Heritage breed that is currently on the critical endangered list according to the Livestock Conservancy watchlist.
Our son is a constant source of amazement and entertainment so there is never a dull moment. He had been the center of our universe until the new baby came along. Now we have twice the love and she has shown us anything is possible. See them grow on the Brag Page.
We also have chickens, along with all the rabbits as well as our beloved mutt. Two goofy alpacas brighten up our pasture. The Tree House Homestead property is also the final resting place of my two dear cats that almost made it to 16 years old. Brother and sister, they are together under a beautiful evergreen fir tree and I hope that I will get to see them again some day waiting for me on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge. Also my most special rabbit Silky passed away and he too resides at the family pet plot.
My husband and I have been happily married for 15 years and have shared interests and many hobbies that keep us busy in our very limited spare time. Some of my interests include: knitting, spinning, soapmaking, homemade products such as lip balms, shampoos, soaps, lotion, natural cleaning products, use of essential oils, and wine making and brewing.
Natural parenting and autism are also crucial interests of mine. I am always in search of additional resources to add to my home library of books on farming, animal care, gardening, fruit tree and orchard care, edible wild plants and food stuffs, mycology, wilderness survival, ancient Egypt, and generalized homesteading. We are both Registered Nurses by trade, and both have varied and unique backgrounds.