Silverwell Farm is our name for the 34 acres of land we call home in the native territory of the Coast Salish Peoples. The Nisqually People in particular have stewarded this land since time immemorial. We occupy and make our living from this stolen land. As settlers, we strive to tend these forests, meadows and wetlands responsibly and to make reparations and live in good relationship with our indigenous neighbors.
Who are we, exactly?
We are a lot of things. We are a wetland biologist, a mechanical engineer. We are farmers, activists and organizers. We are acrobats, burlesque dancers, artists. We are students, bookkeepers, beekeepers. We are gardeners, caregivers, child-rearers. We are writers and singers, bass players and synthesizers. Carpenters, decorators, bakers and cooks. Herbalists, medievalists, and the list goes on.
We are an accidental, almost collective. We aren’t quite anti-capitalist, but we are pretty darn cooperative. We like to have lengthy land meetings over brunch and dog play and pretend the decisions we make are really important. They are important, of course; these decisions provide us with empowerment, a sense of belonging, a sense of family. We value clear and direct communication, compassion, and consent. Our family values are, of course, living and can (and surely will!) change, but change with intentionality and confidence.