trixtrax


Full Name
Chris Homanics
Member for
1 year 2 months
Bio
My childhood growing up on Tiger Mountain just outside of Seattle, Washington was an odd dichotomy of computer technology and full emergence in the natural world. At an early age, traveling miles from my home into the evergreen forests and through the dance of the seasons, instilled a sense of the heartbeat of the world. It is there I learned a sense about the wonder of the living world – a flame of childhood spirit I carry today. Along the path of my life, life’s many facets have been woven into a mosaic that paints a picture of land care.
When we think of agrarian living, plants and animals quickly come to mind, but the central crux of farming is engaging with our community to foster and build goodwill and to maintain enduring relationships. The vision is to leave our community and world in better shape before parting. The cornerstone of a healthy sustaining agriculture goes beyond just organics but also values a worldview where landscape and biology are interwoven as one. This way of life runs counter to the typical imbalanced shackled imposition on the landscape. Within that paradigm, too often food is grown with an empty promise – having been chemically contaminated and/or devoid of nutrition. My approach has been a well-rounded soil fertility program harnessing diverse green manures, soil biology, and targeted remineralization to offer food that truly sustains.

Day-to-day near Scio, Oregon woven in the foothills of the Cascade Range, I help manage Queener Orchard and run my own nursery - Head, Hands, Heart. Blossoming my vision of spreading a dizzying array of needed plant material out into the world -  quality nutritious foods, medicines, materials, and fuel plants. It has been a lifelong passion to collect, grow, propagate, select, and distribute plant genetics from around the world. Ten years of selecting and breeding a wide variety of species - both traditional fruits, nuts, and vegetables but also new and interesting obscure plants - in search of an sustainable, seasonal, year-around, and interesting diet.

Some of my focuses include perennial kale, onions, diversely shaped and colored potatoes, high protein corn, and perennial vegetables well suited to temperate climates. My love of cooking has lead to a focus around the flavor and nutrition but also plants which hold up to rigors of organic and difficult conditions. Over the last several years, I have turned greater attention to the tree species and traveled around to collect and preserve the best overall and most resilient types for this bio-region. A mixture of perennial fruits, forage crops, and nut trees like chestnuts, English walnuts, black walnuts, hickories, and more.

Now is the time to tip the scale from a scarcity model to one of abundance. It begins with us.
Mailing Address

Head, Hands, Heart Nursery
40385 Queener Dr
Scio, OR 97374
United States

Phone
425-444-7773
Volunteer Background
My childhood growing up on Tiger Mountain just outside of Seattle, Washington was an odd dichotomy of computer technology and full emergence in the natural world. At an early age, traveling miles from my home into the evergreen forests and through the dance of the seasons, instilled a sense of the heartbeat of the world. It is there I learned a sense about the wonder of the living world – a flame of childhood spirit I carry today. Along the path of my life, life’s many facets have been woven into a mosaic that paints a picture of land care.
When we think of agrarian living, plants and animals quickly come to mind, but the central crux of farming is engaging with our community to foster and build goodwill and to maintain enduring relationships. The vision is to leave our community and world in better shape before parting. The cornerstone of a healthy sustaining agriculture goes beyond just organics but also values a worldview where landscape and biology are interwoven as one. This way of life runs counter to the typical imbalanced shackled imposition on the landscape. Within that paradigm, too often food is grown with an empty promise – having been chemically contaminated and/or devoid of nutrition. My approach has been a well-rounded soil fertility program harnessing diverse green manures, soil biology, and targeted remineralization to offer food that truly sustains.

Day-to-day near Scio, Oregon woven in the foothills of the Cascade Range, I help manage Queener Orchard and run my own nursery - Head, Hands, Heart. Blossoming my vision of spreading a dizzying array of needed plant material out into the world - quality nutritious foods, medicines, materials, and fuel plants. It has been a lifelong passion to collect, grow, propagate, select, and distribute plant genetics from around the world. Ten years of selecting and breeding a wide variety of species - both traditional fruits, nuts, and vegetables but also new and interesting obscure plants - in search of an sustainable, seasonal, year-around, and interesting diet.

Some of my focuses include perennial kale, onions, diversely shaped and colored potatoes, high protein corn, and perennial vegetables well suited to temperate climates. My love of cooking has lead to a focus around the flavor and nutrition but also plants which hold up to rigors of organic and difficult conditions. Over the last several years, I have turned greater attention to the tree species and traveled around to collect and preserve the best overall and most resilient types for this bio-region. A mixture of perennial fruits, forage crops, and nut trees like chestnuts, English walnuts, black walnuts, hickories, and more.

Now is the time to tip the scale from a scarcity model to one of abundance. It begins with us.
Favorite Crops & Least Favorite Crops
Working on tailoring a variety of food, medicines, materials to the Pacific NW bioregion.
Growing Experience
Growing food
Starting seeds
Growing perennials
Hand pollination
Seed-saving
Plant breeding
Time Commitment
5-10 hrs
Growing Location
Space Available
Really big field (5+ acres)
Soil Details
Salkum Clay Loam
Salkum Silt Sandy Loam
Neighbors' crops (within 1 mile)
Grass, grass seed, hazelnuts, Christmas trees, beans, dairy, phesants, nursery
Possible GMOs in the neighborhood...
Details
Possibly a GM sugar beet crop
Sometimes field corn within 5mi range