Getting to Our Farm
Truly excellent driving directions are here! Our biodynamic farm is just east of Battle Ground in Washington.
Please use our directions. Trust me on this. GPS, mapquest and google are too often not all that good on getting you out to our rural location and it sometimes doesn’t even show up. Please, don’t head off into the hinterlands on your own. Use these directions and you’ll actually get here. Please DO NOT PARK on the street on 242nd Ave when you get here. Thanks!
Directions to Friendly Haven Rise Farm
1. From Portland via I-5 N
2. From Portland via 205 N
3. From I-5 coming south from north Clark County (or Olympia)
4. For everyone once they reach Risto Rd.
1. FROM PORTLAND via I-5 N
4.1 miles north of the bridge, take Exit 4 — 78th St.
At about 2 miles you’ll bear left and follow the sign toward 205.
You are now on Padden Parkway.
The next light is Andreson. Just past that light is the entrance to 205.
When you pass the entrance to 205, set your odometer. Stay on this road for 10 miles
2. FROM PORTLAND via 205 N
Take 205 across the Columbia River bridge
Take exit 32 Padden Parkway Eastbound and go RIGHT (east) at the end of the ramp.
Stay on Padden Parkway for 10 miles
[Both of the above directions get you to the same place.]
You’ll go through two stop signs. The second stop sign is at the center of the little town of Hockinson. Go through that stop sign and keep going straight.
The road has been straight as an arrow since that last stop sign. When the arterial goes to the left and you see a big yellow arrow pointing left, you turn
RIGHT onto RISTO RD.
3. FROM THE NORTH via I-5 heading SOUTH
Take Exit 11 — Main St, Battle Ground
Go to 72nd Ave and turn RIGHT and go 1 mile.
Turn LEFT onto NE EATON (also called 199th) and go 5.2 miles
This road has been straight as an arrow since you got on it. At around 5 miles you will go through a series of 90 degree turns. The first one goes to the right, then another to the left.
Then the road turns to the right again, BUT at this point rather than following the main road, you will make a slight LEFT turn onto RISTO RD.
4. Great! Everyone is now on RISTO Rd.
Go 3.2 miles to 242nd Ave. where you’ll see the old Venersborg Store.
Turn RIGHT onto 242nd Ave and head up the hill.
“New Barn” parking (trucks and bigger cars) — Once you are on 242nd, go 2/10 mile and turn LEFT onto 204th St. Take the first driveway on the RIGHT where the green barn is. Follow the arrows and park, then walk down the path to the classroom.
We may ask some students to park at the “old barn.” If you are assigned “old barn” parking, stay on 242nd and go past the long cedar fence. Pull all the way into the BARN DRIVEWAY and park so others can fit behind you. This is the old barn.
- If at all possible, please drive a car. Cars are better than trucks (they take up less room) both here and at the barns we will be visiting.
Please don’t park anywhere on 242nd Ave because our neighbor across the street gets upset about cars out there and calls to complain. Yes, it’s perfectly legal, but we’d rather avoid any upset and stay on good relations with our neighbors. Thank you!
- Meet us at the garage where we will do the pandemic check-in precautions.
Turn to your right and you will see the house where the classroom is. By now our friendly dog Rousseau (Roo-soh) should have greeted you and led you to the door where we are waiting for you. Come right in!