Who We Are
Before re-locating to Oregon, Randy and Edith Woodley co-founded Eloheh Farm near Lexington Kentucky in 2004 for the purpose of developing a sustainable farm and community; and, to encourage culturally appropriate service among America’s Indigenous peoples. The Woodley’s concern was both for developing better all around health among their own Indigenous peoples and to contribute to, and model, better earth sustainability. The Woodleys understood that almost no one at the time was addressing the many needs in Native American communities. With almost three decades of personal experience together in service among Native Americans, Randy and Edith have been addressing these needs, often building bridges of hope where hope has been abandoned.
Together the Woodleys began, and have maintained a non-profit, regenerative farm while touching many lives, conducting schools (see Eloheh Schools) and creating jobs. Even though Eloheh Farm has the basic design of a sustainable, regenerative farm, (See Eloheh Farm Design below) practicing permaculture, biomimicry and Traditional Indigenous Knowledge, Eloheh Farm is unique because it promotes service to humanity and it hosts a local community (see Eloheh Community). But, on a more personal note, who are Randy and Edith and how did they meet?
Edith and Randy Woodley met in Oklahoma. Edith was living in Muskogee and Randy in Anadarko. For Randy, it was basically love at first sight. For Edith, well, he had to grow on her awhile...they were married in Anadarko on December 23, 1989. They now have four grown children, (Leanna, Skye, Young, Redbird), a son-in-law, (Johnny), one grandson (Sage), and more grandchildren expected soon. The Woodleys are grateful to Creator everyday for the love given them for each other, their family, their extended family and friends, all their critters and the rest of the community of creation living on the farm. Eloheh Farm is located in Newberg, Oregon in the fertile Willamette Valley.
Edith Woodley is a graduate of Bacone Indian College and holds an Associates degree from that institution. She is a member of the Eastern Band of Shoshone Indians from the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming where she was raised. Besides her many years of service and activities among Native Americans, Edith is a full-time homemaker, a planter/farmer, a bead-worker, a seed seller, a mother and a grandmother. Randy says "she's the glue that keeps everything together and operating well." In her free-time Edith enjoys a number of things including beadwork. Many women across the continent now adorn themselves with the bracelets, earrings and necklaces she has gifted to them over the years. Edith sometimes makes her jewelry available for sale. Her line is called Jewelry by Edith: Indigenous beauty for your ears, neck and wrists. Edith also likes reading fiction, being with family-especially grandchildren, and she likes her dogs...a lot! Oh, (almost forgot), Edith says she also likes spending time with Randy.
Randy Woodley was raised near Detroit, Michigan in a section of Ypsilanti called Willow Run, and he later moved to Saline Michigan. Randy is a legal descendent of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma. He descends from several Cherokee lines including Gule-quah (Big Acorn) who, after a 16 year war with the U.S., signed the Treaty of the Holston, America's first peace treaty with the Cherokee. Randy earned a PhD in Intercultural Studies and for his day-job he serves as a professor for George Fox University. Randy writes in a variety of areas concerning spirituality, earth-care, racial and ethnic diversity, peace, social justice, eco-justice, interreligious dialogue and agriculture. His most recent book is a diversion from non-fiction, aimed at children, called The Harmony Tree: A Story of Healing and Community. In 2012 he wrote Shalom and the Community of Creation: An Indigenous Vision. Randy has also written many chapters, articles and blogs. His favorite pastime is the farm, being with Edith, being with family, watching nature and watching T.V. shows, documentaries and movies.
If you would like to visit Eloheh Farm, please contact us to make arrangements. There is often a lot of activity on the farm but sometimes we also like to experience simple, undisturbed peace and rest...Our community is sensitive to those needs and cooperates through scheduled work days, ceremonial days and rest days. Most times though, one never knows who, or what, will show up at Eloheh Farm. Perhaps the greatest attribute of the Woodleys has always been their hospitality. Randy likely thinks people come to hang out for his interesting conversation over multiple cups of coffee, but it's more likely they stay around for Edith's healthy home cooking...yummmm!
If you would like to visit Eloheh Farm or if you have any questions or concerns you would like addressed, please contact us!
Eloheh Farm Design
Eloheh Farm seeks to be a model of regenerative systems that support human needs while improving the earth and all creation inhabiting the web of life. The people at Eloheh desire to live in harmony with the land, using North American Indigenous wisdom and practices as a guiding model, primarily utilizing permaculture, Biomimicry and Traditional Indigenous Knowledge.
The 3.62 acre farm is located in Newberg, Oregon in the fertile Willamette Valley, home for thousands of years to the Kalapuyan peoples who are now a part of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde (CTGR) http://www.grandronde.org/. The Kalapuyan peoples formerly consisted of hunter-gatherer societies who did not specifically plant annual crops. Eloheh Village is a hybrid of planting, gathering and animal husbandry systems that seeks not to impose its will and template upon a new land, but rather to seek guidance and ancient wisdom from the host peoples as we discern our place on this land. In kinship with ancient Indigenous earth practices, Eloheh Farm is a micro-oasis of bio-diversity in the midst of the Willamette Valley’s production-driven, mono-cultural blight.
Eloheh hosts interns, holds educational workshops and schools, practices ceremonies and feasts and opens the farm to a variety of groups seeking to learn more about regenerative farming and how they are related to Indigenous worldview and practices. The work of Eloheh is holistic, being deeply spiritual; culturally Indigenous; community building; educationally empowering; ecologically regenerative and economically entrepreneurial. Eloheh Farm and Eloheh Village for Indigenous Leadership and Service Development crossover at several levels in order to retain and spread Indigenous earth-based spirituality and to encourage Indigenous entrepreneurial opportunities.
When considering buying the 96 year old, run-down farm in 2011 that became Eloheh Farm, Randy approached the Chairperson of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde and asked how they might be able to purchase land that rightfully belonged to the Kalapuyans and somehow honor them, honor the Creator and honor the land? Chairperson Kennedy’s answer was quick and direct, “plant huckleberries,” she said. After a conversation about this aspect of restoring the land, and several subsequent conferences, the Woodleys have been resolute to plant not only huckleberries, but all other type plants Indigenous to the area. In fact, the whole ethic of Eloheh rests upon the desire to see the land restored to harmony and to live in neighborly respect with the Indigenous people of the area.
Some of our current goals include:
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