Heidi Bohan
Native Plants, Pacific Northwest Ethnobotany, Traditional Knowledge
Permaculture Design, Sustainable Living, People of Cascadia book


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 Programs 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.