Native grasses and forbs

FSC stands for Forest Stewardship Council, an international non-profit founded in 1993. It helps protect the world’s forests from unethical and illegal logging. The FSC is a voluntary program through which forest management and chain-of-custody operations can pursue certification. During the certification process, an FSC-accredited Certifier (independent of the FSC and the company being audited) will assess the operation. If it fits the FSC’s criteria for sustainable and ethical management, the operation will receive certification. Shiver River has been FSC certified for many years. The photo above is a new sign indicating the certification.

Native grass seeds recommended by Steele Acres will be spread on the entry hill to the farm. At 15 pounds per acre, the seed being spread is 35% California Oatgrass; 35% Roemer’s Fescue; and 30% Blue Wildrye. We bought 30 pounds to cover the bulk of the 3.25 acres.

Forbs (flowers) next. For the sides of the entry road, we used the following mix from Steele Acres: 36% Achillea millefolium ssp. occidentalis; 27% Eriophyllum lanatum; 37% Prunella vulgaris ssp. lanceolata.

For the edges of the road that now circles the base of the hill the farmhouse sits on: 9.1% Clarkia amoena ssp. lindleyi; 9.1% Geum macrophyllum; 18.2% Gilia capitata; 5.5% Lupinus polycarpus; 9.1% Potentilla glandulosa; 9.1% Sidalcea virgata; 18.2% Dwarf poppy; 9.1% Delphinium menziesii; 12.7% Erysimum capitata.