dedicated to the study of water
Chris Tebbutt is a farmer, gardener, and landscape designer. He was raised in East Africa, Australia, and New Zealand, but came to the U.S in the late '70s to study biodynamics with Alan Chadwick at the Round Valley Garden Project, where he met his partner, Stephanie Kotin.They went on to study botanical horticulture in the U.K., both in private gardens and at the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh. Returning to California to live in the Redwood ecosystem, he became a forestry activist in the '80s and '90s, working to improve silvicultural standards and played an integral part in Redwood Coast Watersheds Alliance vs. the State of California and the campaign for sustainable forestry practices. A life-long love of trees led to further work with the International Dendrological Research Institute, studying rare conifer habitat around the world. Co-founder of Land & Place, a design/build landscape company, Chris returned to farming when his children were born, with the creation of Filigreen Farm in Mendocino County, California, home to diverse orchards, vineyards, and gardens. He is dedicated to the study of water as a means to enliven and understand biodynamics.
Filigreen Farm is the home of Chris and Stephanie Tebbutt, owners of Filigreen Farm just outside of Boonville, California, USA. Filigreen Farm has grown blueberries for thirteen years. They have six varieties that ripen at different times of the summer, keeping them bountiful from July through the end of August. Unlike apples, where different varieties are good for different uses, all blueberries are great for any type of eating, but Stephanie Tebbutt recommends enjoying the large and luscious ones out of your hand and saving the smaller ones for preserves and pies.