Join us on our newest conserved property, Dropstone Farms, to talk about rocks! Using the large Dropstone for which the farm got its name as the centerpiece of our conversation, we will walk the property with local expert Annika Wallendahl and discuss how Mount Rainier’s eruptions shaped the Orting Valley and helped create the naturally fertile soils in this area. After your tour, you’ll have a chance to speak with farmers Garth and Lauren about their livestock operation.
Our guide is geologist and science writer Annika Wallendahl. She’s been investigating Washington soils, groundwater and rocks the past 15 years, but loves the Cascade Mountains and Puget Sound beaches the most. Annika supports sustainable farming because there is only so much farmland to go around, and it needs to be managed wisely. Annika has taught several geology courses and currently lives in Port Townsend, WA. Her favorite rocks are basalt and granite.