Honey, Furniture, Wilderness DVDs, Photography
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Brookfield Farm (Walking-Wild.com) focuses on the beauty and bounties of Washington's wilderness: raw honey, raw honey and
beeswax products, wildlife photography, rustic house wares, and handcrafted wooden furniture of historical design. We produce
and create all of our products. Karen Edmundson Bean deals with bees, honey, and photography. Ian Balsillie makes wonderful
creations from wood.
Our off-gird farm lies beneath cedars, alders, and big leaf maples on ridges cut by flowing creeks in the Mount Baker foothills,
near Maple Falls, Washington. We share our lands with a myriad of wildlife from deer and bald eagles to bears and cougars.
We have been able to do this with the able assistance of our livestock guard dogs, who create a vocal, but peaceful co-existence
with the native animals which live on and roam our lands. This also allows us to be certified Predator Friendly by Keystone
The diversity of the wilderness that surrounds us is reflected in our crafts and products.
Bean's the beekeeper. Her honeybees have been flying for over a decade from chemical-free, antibiotic-free hives at the
farm and from near-by bee yards. She tends the bees and harvests their raw, unheated, unfiltered honey. Bean also creates
Brookfield Farm's herb-infused raw honeys; organic vinegars infused with raw honey; as well as salves and lip balms made from
our chemical-free, antibiotic-free wax.
When not working with bees or honey, Bean is
a photographer. Her award-winning wilderness DVDs focus on Washington state wilderness trails, with special attention to
the Pacific Crest Trail. Bean's backcountry pinhole photography and "ripping tales"; (hand ripped wilderness
photo collages) are shot during her sojourns into Washington's backcountry. If you find a woman perched on the side of
a mountain, pinhole camera in hand, while two or three pack goats wait near-by, that probably is Bean.
Balsillie is the craftsman. Balsillie's specialties include rendezvous chairs, wooden tables which fold to three-inches wide
with no metal hinges, colonial benches and storage chests.
His handcrafted furniture is based on historical designs, to which he adds his own special touch, including
stains created from strong British tea. Rendezvous chairs were used during the Civil War. The tables are documented in the
Napoleonic era. Ian adds his own personal touch to these historic designs, including a wood stain he creates from strong
Balsillie believes that life and work should be
simple and not require computers or undue mechanization. He uses a circular saw to cut the milled lumber and a drill to make
holes. The rest of the work on Balsillie's furniture and house wares is done by hand. Visitors to Brookfield Farm's
market booths will often find him working on his furniture.
Brookfield Farm started out as a dream: We wanted
a place in the wilderness. We focused on natural fiber in our early years at the farm: Shetland & Jacob sheep
and Cashmere goats. An older website WoolAndWood.com, still comes up on some web searches. Then I (Bean) became tired of
shearing, and fell in love with bees around the same time. Bee keeping's wonderful. It's science, nature, art, and
just plain luck, all rolled into one.
The goats we have now are
packgoats - hybrids of dairy and fiber breeds. As we wound-down the fiber side of Brookfield
Farm, we began to expand the beekeeping operation. Brookfield Farm Bees & Honey continues to grow each year.