HJERTOOS HOUSE LIVING AND LEARNING
The Hjertoos House (hyurt' oos)
was built in 1907 on one of
the first lands homesteaded in the valley by Norwegian immigrants
Andrew and Bergette Hjertoos, who raised dairy and other mixed farm
produce. It has passed through the generations and remains in the
hands of descendents of these first immigrant farmers, and now grows
u-cut Christmas trees.
I came to this house with the intention of creating a learning
center around sustainability and have worked with the family to
bring the house back to its former beauty and restore/create
gardens, hedgerows and orchards. It very accessible, near the heart
of downtown Carnation just off Hiway 203, and we often have public
events, farm tours and offer the house for viewing in partnership
with historical societies.
In Summer of 2014 we returned to full-time educational programs
implemented here at the Hjertoos House with
Gatherer to Gardener
and other classes and activities. We have restored the
'carriage house' garage for studio space, and have several covered
outdoor spaces as well. In
2015 we will continue to expand these programs with apprenticeship
programs, weekend intensives, short term stays and more.
The house was built in 1907 and there is great potential for
modifying for sustainable living using contemporary technology in
conjunction with historic building practices.
New and established gardens include the herbal knot garden, shady
cottage garden and perennial border, heirloom vegetable garden,
cut flower garden, orchard and edible forest garden; edible and
medicinal hedgerows, and more.
I share the home with two or three others, which changes over time.
Let me know if you are interested in living with us here and I can
add you to my contact list if a room becomes available.