Pacific Rim Institute
- Fairs, Festivals and Special Events,
- Farm Store/Farmstand,
Seasonal sales of native plants, honey and eggs. Call and book purchase of native plants in advance. Year-round volunteer opportunities. Find us on Facebook.
The Pacific Rim Institute is a private, non-profit organization working to equip people and communities to live sustainably and care for creation. We are restoring our degraded 175 acres (former WA State Pheasant Farm) back to native prairie, savanna and forest. There are year-round volunteer opportunities and seasonal internships. We produce and disperse over 25 species of native plants and partake in restoration work throughout the Puget Sound region. We have formal (college level) and informal trainings, lectures and workshops throughout the year. You can subscribe to our monthly newsletter by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The honey produced on our site is a result of research conducted by Washington State University in queen bee rearing. The hives are located near our remnant prairie where there are over 70 species of native plants. Honey is for sale year-round on site.
We have limited fruit production in the late summer and early fall. When available fresh fruit will be for sale on site.
We produce a limited amount of chicken and duck eggs and these are for sale seasonally on site. Stay tuned for possible pork production.
Our volunteer woodworker creates furniture, frames, boxes, artwork and more from old-growth fir and cedar left over by the WA State Pheasant Farm. Much of the wood has been weathered on the prairie for 70 years and is stunning. Come and see some of the creations and you can commission pieces to be made and even help select the old boards and posts from which they will be made.
We have guided tours of our 175 acre site including the open prairie, Garry oak savanna and Douglas fir forests that include some old-growth trees. We are restoring a c1911 barn to keep part of that history alive for walkers and others who wish to use our site or facilities. Call to set up a 1 - 1 1/2 hour tour for any sized group.
We rent our facilities (converted nesting shed, granary, shop and brooder houses) to various groups for everything from labor negotiations and club meetings to private birthday parties.
Check our website for unique and annual events including Prairie Days (tours and fun family activities) on 28/29 April and 12/13 May, Whidbey Raptor Day on 16 September 2017, and Whidbey Island Cider Festival on 30 September 2017.