Month: December 2018

DrApis, Natural Beekeepers, Accept STEEM/SBD for Honey, Shipped Internationally

@drapis is one of our newest vendors in our steem marketplace! Based in Portugal and shipping internationally, DrApis produces high quality organic honey.

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@drapis‘ honey products are quite beautiful. In fact they are presented extremely professionally. One of my first questions to DrApis was “How big is your company?” It turns out they are a hard working husband and wife team dedicated to quality honey and ethical treatment of bees.

@drapis now accepts STEEM and SBD their fine organic honey and related products

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Learn more about DrApi’s dream of quality honey, working with nature and view a video of their pristine wildflower fields in this post by @drapis

In their own words (borrowed from their Homesteaders Co-op store):

Warm greetings from the land of wildflower and cork oak prairies. Me and my bees have been harvesting these fields for some decades. The amazing environmental properties of this little corner in south Europe are unique.

What used to be a forest of cork oaks, was converted to grain fields during the dictatorship. The whole region was then known as the “Portuguese Barn”. Nowadays, with EU open market economy, grain is no longer interesting. These fields were finally converted to cow pastures. No pesticides or fertilizers are anywhere to be found. Uncontaminated fields and fields of wildflowers, cork oak trees and cows.

Where intensified or industrial beekeeping would harvest all the bees’ work. Making them feed on sugar water instead of honey. However, it seems sugar fed bees are unhealthy bees. After some time, colonies always need some kind of exo treatment, or nutrients and vitamins. In the end, nothing can be compared to the original, authentic, natural process.

Regarding the beekeeping style, nothing better than mother nature to dictate what’s best, and who’s fittest. Apart from varroa destructor (mite) prevention, our bee’s contact with man barely goes beyond harvest time and the occasional check up. Which one could consider minimalistic compared to today’s standards.

The nectar, pollen and resins from our amazing flora are rich and vivid. Together with a minimalist approach to beekeeping, it brings up high grade aromas, sweetness, textures and taste intensity. Premium, first hand, completely raw, unprocessed, from mother nature. Time to share it with you.

You can browse @drapis products at: https://homesteaderscoop.com/store/drapis/

@drapis is based out of Portugal and ships internationally! (Homesteaders Co-op is an international marketplace)

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Learn more about DrApis and browse their products: https://homesteaderscoop.com/store/drapis/

Homesteaders Co-op | Vendor’s Perspective on Orders Part 2

Just a few days ago @nateonsteemit wrote about his experiencing ordering from us through the @homesteaderscoop. You can find his awesome post here.

Here we are, @mountainjewel, bringing you Part 2- our side of that transaction and what it’s like for the vendor!


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Thornless Blackberries for Nate and his family ready to be packaged


Ease

First off, @sagescrub has done a fantastic job making this very easy for us. In fact, it’s so easy, I get an email in my inbox letting me know when someone makes a purchase! As the prices are now automatically updated based on the current price of the different currencies, there’s no work for us there on that end and the payment goes directly into our Steem Wallets (he is working something out for PayPal in the future.)


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Transaction is transparent and stored on the blockchain’s impermeable ledger making business dealings clear, indisputable & efficient.


It’s as simple as any other marketplace, really. We’ve also sold on Etsy and Ebay and it’s comparably streamlined!


Packing & Shipping

Once the order comes in, we start packing it up! For Nate’s order that meant checking in with him on which Thornless Blackberry Variety he wanted – he said “the tastier one” (or rather his wife had)!

Usually Ini does this part. I tell him which ones have been purchased and he gets them and bags them up for me. We double check the order and seal it up.


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Homesteaderscoop.com makes it easy for vendors to check their orders and find the buyer’s address and email easily.


This time we threw in an extra blackberry plant (per our Holiday offering!) & some extra freebie Sunchokes for Nate as he’s sooo stoked on them and on growing his permaculture planting, we wanted to contribute!
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Sunchokes, Pink Crispy (pink ones) & Lola (nobby ones) thrown in as a bonus!

Next we ship them out and update the order information on the website confirming that we shipped them and adding a tracking # (just like we do on Etsy or Ebay).


Decentralized Community Supported Business

But this is better than selling on Ebay or Etsy. We know the Steem Community and it’s a great group of people.

While doing business online, you never know who you’re going to interact with. We’ve had buyers who have lied to us (on whether they received their order) and other interesting dealings. It’s great to do business with people within the community. There is a degree of reputability in the mix and also the desire to be good to one another. This can transform “business as usual.”

We’re all doing our best here to make the process as friendly and easy as possible. It’s kinda like sending something to family- there’s a real feeling here that everyone wants each other to succeed and thrive and it’s an honor to provide goods that our community members desire!

It’s been great that @sagescrub has been so flexible receiving community feedback about @homesteaderscoop! They have been incredible to work with and that same community vibe has been flowing with them making this more than a business venture, but truly a new model, as can be seen in this post written by @sagescrub through the Co-op where they talk about this new model. Do yourself a favor and give it a read! How do we heal our relationship with money? Community.

Introducing @sagescrub of Homesteaders Co-op

Hello steem, @sagescrub here, founder of Homesteaders Co-op. I have asked our contributors (of this blog) to introduce themselves, as they feel inspired. Being that I am also a contributor I realized I should do the same! I have introduced myself a few times here on steem before. However, the context of this introduction is less about my homesteading life and my personal journey and more about my personal interaction with Homesteaders Co-op.

I am going to start from my heart by saying that Homesteaders Co-op has personally been a life changer for me. Being involved in creating this community marketplace has helped me overcome a few emotional and spiritual blocks in my life that have been lingering and stumping me for quite a while.

When a man wants to make an improvement in his life but doesn’t know how to get from A to B but doesn’t know how it an be a frustrating thing, especially when those blocks affect not only myself but others around me.

I was faced with an ethical decision very early on in the evolution of the Homesteaders Co-op. A few of our community who were early beta testers of the website will remember this, as well as @pennsif. They may not know the significance of how the decision I made in my life (well they will after reading this) but they witnessed and participated in the choice of the direction the Co-op would go.

The decision was whether money would be my primary driving objective in building this business or not. In some context money can have a pretty good hold over my emotions. Logically it is easy to see money simply as a tool to help me reach some goal. But emotionally there are clouds of feelings that come up about wanting more money for more security. There is a hunger that is hard to quench, easy to write off.

Homesteading has helped me learn about generosity. It has always been difficult for me to part with money in an act of generosity. Gardening, farming and homesteading taught me the joy of sharing food. I learned that nature abundantly provides and that it is human nature to enjoy sharing. I made an effort to continue sharing food from the gardens I tended with not only family, but friends, acquaintances, even strangers.

Why can’t my relationship with money be like that? Nature wants me to act in generosity. Homesteaders Co-op is symbolically helping me to take a leap of faith in letting go of some of my attachment to the need to try to satisfy my hunger for securing money.

I understand that money is not a bad thing by itself. It’s true, I do hope that one day I can earn money from Homesteaders Co-op, because in many ways it is already a dream job. Now, however my desire for our vendors and also our contributors to have some earnings, whether small or significant, is much greater than my desire to earn money for myself.

The choice that I made was to serve my community rather than seeing them as customers. Suddenly Homesteaders Co-op was not a business, and it has become a tribe with community goals. How will this go? Where will this lead? I don’t know. Letting go of the attachment of wanting to control an outcome for financial gain has given me the freedom to enjoy walking into the unknown, rather than be paralyzed by the fear of failure.

This change, while perhaps trivial for some, was huge for me. I am overcoming some challenges that have been with me since a young age. I see that my attitude and inspiration has had a positive effect on the folks involved in our Co-op. I am very glad for this, it is a good foot to start off on.

These actions and commitments to our friends at @ghscollective, @naturalmedicine, @ecotrain, now @tribesteemup as well as other communities I haven’t listed here, even steem at large (for anyone that feels affinity to @homesteaderscoop) has given me great pride. Serving people I love, respect, admire, over serving myself gives me great, deep satisfaction that I had been longing for and didn’t even know it. Funny thing is, that ends up serving me in the end with this deeper happiness that I have found.

I feel lucky because my web design and programming skills from my past life, my love for homesteading and my excitement for steem has come together and allowed me to share an idea that has blossomed into a beautiful shared vision.

Frankly I am grateful for steem, for the tribes and the people here that have encouraged me to open more, heal more, share more and be more myself.

If you’ve been following me for a while you’ll know I don’t post many pictures of myself. Well, I did a lot of that on social media in my 20’s (I am in my late 30’s now). Looking back at it I had a lot of fun posting photos of myself. But I don’t have that desire so much anymore. I’d rather have my words speak for me and share snippets of how I appreciate the world through photos.

But I also know the value in relating to each other not just through words, but being able to see, hear, smell, touch each other. So I chose to share this photo now.

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I tend to write with a fairly serious tone here in steem, but I am actually often quite goofy in person 🙂

I took this selfie 2 years ago while I was wwoofing at a forest garden homestead in Northern Washington, to share with my parents. They had just emailed me, I was playing a podcast, happened to look down and saw a photo of what they were doing and wanted to share what I was doing that very moment, several states away!

I was weeding a garden bed and I had a pile of weeds next to me. I grabbed it and shoved it in my mouth to pose for this beautiful selfie. Aside from being ridiculous its also fitting because around the same time my friends and I played a game where we each decided what our “hippy name” would be if we named ourselves. Mine was Eats the Weeds. Because I love to include weeds in my diet.

Well this photo is also special to me because I let go to the moment. I didn’t care about what anyone thought of me and just did what was fun in the moment. If I can wake up in the morning, look in the mirror, and see that smile in my eyes I’ll know its going to be a good day.

If this was a professional business blog I probably wouldn’t be posting this photo. But I feel perfectly comfortable sharing it here. I consider you all my friends and extended family.

Thank you for allowing me to journal here today as I introduce myself. Now that I have written what I have written and shared what I have shared it suddenly occurs to me that I want to carry 2 personal intentions going into 2019:

  1. Let go to the moment more = more smiles in the mirror
  2. Keep sharing from the heart because it feels really good

And from a Homesteader Co-op and steem at large community perspective I would like to carry the intention into 2019:

Maintain the spirit and intention of giving and letting go that has helped our co-op start off with lots of love and excitement.

Happy Holidays!

Much love,
@sagescrub

Call for Delegations – Community Support for Sustainability

Homesteaders Co-op is a community account. Today I am calling on our community for delegations. First a little background as to why we are asking for your delegations:

Homesteaders Co-op is dedicated to helping steem individuals and families who are committed to living sustainably and compassionately with the earth and fellow beings, succeed in their entrepreneurial endeavors.

One way in which we aim to accomplish this goal is by offering a FREE marketplace for vendors. Free means no commissions and no fees. I recently had advice that this is a bad business model because we cannot be sustainable without charging fees – unless perhaps we are lean and mean, even then it will be difficult. This is good advice, but I remember that we always have choice.

I am here to tell you that I personally am up to the challenge, if our community is up to the challenge to keep this marketplace free.

It is true. Our model makes a bad business plan. But it makes for a great community. Can we be successful not only as a community but also be sustainable financially without charging fees to our vendors? I do not know the answer to this, but I feel that it does not hurt to try. If we fail in this regard, we can re-address our policy towards commissions.

There are a few ways in which we can try to achieve financial sustainability without asking a single SBD from our vendors. I won’t go into them all today because the focus of this post is delegations. However I will mention that I am completely open to ideas – we are open to ideas. In the spirit of a community marketplace, everyone should have a forum for their voice.

Today I call upon the community for delegations to help support your community marketplace. Not only do I ask for delegations, I ask for your loyalty to us as long as you feel we are loyal to the community at large and serving the communities interest.

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Here is what we are currently doing with our Steem Power:

Voting for Contributors

Our contributors are our leaders and our voice regarding where we are headed as a community. Our contributors are receiving both beneficiary payout from our @homesteaderscoop blog as well as upvotes on their individual accounts in recognition of their team efforts to get community marketplace rolling.

Voting for Vendors

Our vendors are the steem individuals and families that are dedicated to sustainability, and many are willing to put their financial security on the line to do so. Our upvotes to our vendors are meant to help provide some stream of additional steem income for our vendors as a thank you for choosing to incorporate some aspect of sustainability and/or ethical care of the earth into their lifestyle and business choices.

Voting for Charitable Organizations

We are starting off on a foot of giving to those that are in need. We are sending upvotes to @pennsif‘s @adollaraday charity which supports directing charitable donations to many “on the ground” charities. Further we are upvoting @familyprotection‘s comments, in part in thanks to @canadiancoconut‘s generous support and also to help support the work she is doing to keep families and their children together.

Voting on our own Posts for Growth

We are shamelessly voting on our own posts in order to continue to grow our SP which we can use for all of the goals we’ve outlined here in this post.

Outgoing Delegations

Regarding delegating out, we are just starting to earn SP. However I want to set a precedence from the start that our community marketplace is dedicated to helping less fortunate than ourselves. The reason this is so important to me is because Homesteaders Co-op is more than one individual, it is a community. We have the potential to gain strength and influence. What kind of example do we want to set? What kind of world do we want to support?

Therefore we have delegated some SP to @adollaraday. The SP that has been delegated is so small it will not make much difference. It is meant as a symbolic gesture that we will continue to increase that delegation as our community account grows and a thank you for the work they and the organizations they support are doing to make this world better and safer.

Incoming Delegations

In addition to asking the community at large for delegations, we are also asking our vendors for delegations. We are suggesting delegations from vendors with over 500 SP. However it is not mandatory and we will not be policing who is delegating and who is not. We are only asking to those that can comfortably afford it.

It is my hope that delegations come from those that believe in what we are doing for the community at large.

Now is the time for me to ask you to consider delegating. Delegations are a way for any member of our steem community to have ownership in what we are doing. It is a vote for our efforts and our mission. Thank you for your consideration.

Delegate now:

10 SP | 25 SP | 50 SP | 75 SP | 100 SP | 200 SP | 500 SP | 750 SP | 1000 SP

Current Delegators

We already have a few delegations and I wish to share who they are for their recognition. Thank you very much to those who have delegated to Homesteaders Co-op!

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@pennsiffuture gazer, past watcher, community builder, prepper, homesteader, seeker of self-reliance, MSP Waves Radio show host, founder of A Dollar A Day @adollaradayWales, UK
@stortebekerSustainability, Urban Homesteading, Natural Building, Health, Food, Healthfood, Nature, Culture, BicyclesMexico City
@trucklife-familySingle Mama, Doula, Nature Lover, Vegan, Birth Activist and Defender of All Things WildThe Earth
@walkerlandKitchen Witch, Wildcrafting, Homesteading, Organic Gardening Building a Greener Kinder WorldCanada

Communities – Shout out to our Brothers and Sisters

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#ghsc | Introducing @ghscollective | Discord Community


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#naturalmedicine | Introducing @naturalmedicine | Discord Community


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#tribesteemup | @tribesteemup | The 8 Pillars of TribeSteemUp


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#ecotrain
 | What is ecoTran? | Discord Community


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@adollaraday | Charitable giving project | November 2018 Giving Report

Australian Worm Farming, STEEM Witness, offers Vermicomposting Kits for STEEM / SBD

@quochuy is our first Australian vendor! Believe me he is an amazing gardener with two green thumbs, a knack for permaculture, a wonderful family man and a heck of a worm farmer! What’s more, he is a STEEM witness straight out of our homesteading family! Consider casting a vote for @quochuy for witness!

When it comes to garden fertility there is nothing like manure. And vermicompost is the cream of the crop. @quochuy is selling worm starter mix to Australians that want to grow their own worms and vermicompost operation. His business website includes a free e-book ( http://little.wf/worm-starter-mix ) with how to for raising your own worms so that you can succeed with his worm starter kit.

@quochuy now accepts STEEM and SBD for his vermicomposting kits delivered in Australia

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Soon The Little Worm Farm will also be offering Black Soldier Flies for more composting goodness, more garden fertility options!

You can browse @quochuy‘s products at: https://homesteaderscoop.com/store/the-little-worm-farm/

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Learn more about The Little Worm Farm: https://homesteaderscoop.com/store/the-little-worm-farm/

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#ghsc | Introducing @ghscollective | Discord Community

Introducing Stortebeker, a Contributor to the Homesteaders Co-op

Hey everyone!

I’m David, or as I made myself known on steemit: @stortebeker. I’m here to introduce myself as a contributor to the @homesteaderscoop. What it means to be a contributor, you ask? The way I’d put it is: sharing posts as part of this co-operative with the idea of bringing people together in a community: vendors and buyers, readers and writers, folks who have something in common, and folks who have something others need.

Stumbling Across the Homesteaders Co-op

I came across this co-op only a few days ago. Even though I had been part of the @ghscollective, and other homesteading groups before that, I wasn’t aware of this recently created project. The reason is simple: I was barely on-line these last months. I just completed a three-month-long bike journey, following a six-month-long Earthship building project, during which my connectivity was so sparse that I was happy to publish a post or two in a week (scroll down on my blog if you’re curious about them). But other than that I was barely active on steemit. Now that I’m back home again, I’m seeing all these wonderful projects that have shot out of the ground, most excitingly the Homesteaders Co-op.

The Best Thing for a Coin is Circulation

I’ve always felt that what a currency (crypto or otherwise) needs, is being accepted as a means of exchange. This is why many coins fail, no matter what lofty ideas they represent. So seeing this on-line marketplace, where you can buy and sell stuff for STEEM or SBD, was just like when I first heard about that major on-line retailer for books – and other things was selling gift cards for Bitcoin. Awesome!!! The big difference here, of course, is that the products at the Co-op are all home-made, natural, sustainable, and small scale. Wow, I’m still getting goosebumps just thinking about it.

Let Me Get Behind It!

So I decided to get involved, first by just curating one of their latest articles. Then I delegated some SP to them, even though at the moment I’m still un-delegating what I’d let others use for upvotes while I was gone. But never mind, this is certainly an effort I want to support. Just this morning I had a chat with @sagescrub who asked me if I wanted to contribute to the blog. Most certainly I do, but before I start getting into deeper topics, a few words about myself.

The Facets That Make Me Up:

As I said, I have been involved in homesteading groups since the first day I joined steemit. The topics of sustainability, permaculture, natural building, healthy nutrition, off-grid living, DIY and making things at home, as well as community building have always been close to my heart. Even though I live in a city (one of the biggest, most crowded, and polluted cities in the Americas – Mexico City) I have been practicing aspects of urban homesteading, the ones that are feasible in a small apartment: vermicomposting, mushroom cultivation, making kombucha, kefir and water-kefir, and growing spirulina.

What started out as an experimentation of what is possible soon evolved into a budding business, when I was invited to participate at a newly created producers’ market, selling probiotic drinks. Most beautifully, the connections I’ve made there helped me create various win-win situations, which I wrote about in one of my earlier posts.

And Now Moving on to the Homesteaders Co-op?

So now, it almost seems like the Homesteaders Co-op should be the ideal next step. The question is, how and in which way? My immediate plan is to make my first purchase and gain a direct experience on the shipping fees and times, which has been a bit of a concern for me. Then, I want to get even more involved, by becoming active as a vendor. Sending bottles of kombucha around the world might not be the best idea, however there are some other things I’d like to look into. But let me come back to that.

What I can promise for now, though, is sharing thoughts and ideas, musings and stories, here as part of the co-op. So stay tuned for more post by me, shared under @homesteaderscoop.

Of Sedge and Salt, Nomadic Apothecary Shares Knowledge + Herbal Elixers

Thank you @ofsedgeandsalt for joining Homesteaders Co-op as one of our newest vendors! @ofsedgeandsalt is offering some really wonderful services to our community here on steem. She runs a regular podcast called Ground Shots which covers topics like herbalism, wildcrafting, ecology and more. I’ve listened to two of her episodes so far and have really enjoyed the knowledge, topics and guest interviews very much!

I also highly recommend checking out @ofsedgeandsalt‘s website – https://www.ofsedgeandsalt.com/ – where you will find plant profiles, AMAZING photography, herbal wisdom, podcast archives as well as her online store. What’s more, I recommend subscribing to her newsletter if her content interests you. I just received the latest edition and was blown away by the love and effort she put into sharing more knowledge, books, resources and more. Thank you so much @ofsedgeandsalt!!!

@ofsedgeandsalt now accepts STEEM and SBD for her apothecary goods

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She goes by Kelly Moody on Homesteaders Co-op and has already uploaded two of her handcrafted herbal medicines to her store. I highly recommend taking a look!

In her own words:

Much of the past decade she has spent living in different places and studying plants, ecology and craft, writing about the land, growing food and herbs, or honoring her wanderlust by traveling cross country in various incarnations.

She received a B. A. in Philosophy and Religious Studies in 2009 from Christopher Newport University in Virginia. For over a decade she has studied herbal medicine, ecology and botany with teachers like Rebecca Golden, Paul Strauss, Chip Carrol, Luke Learningdeer, Marc Williams among many others. She apprenticed with Rebecca Golden in Brattleboro, VT of Earth Angel Herbals in 2010 and interned with the United Plant Savers at the Goldenseal Sanctuary in Rutland, Ohio in 2012. She apprenticed with Juliet Blankespoor and attended the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine in Asheville, NC in 2013. She helped manage the gardens and vegetable CSA at Dancing Springs Farm outside of Asheville, NC from 2014-2016. She studied book arts and paper making at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina and with elder medieval bookbinder Jim Croft in rural Idaho. She has attended a handful of artist residencies and workshops including most recently Signal Fire’s Wide Open Studios in 2017. Her teaching over the years has included classes on hide tanning, plant ID, wild foods, medicine making, natural dyes, nutrition and gardening.

You can browse Kelly Moody’s (@ofsedgeandsalt‘s) products at: https://homesteaderscoop.com/store/ofsedgeandsalt/

@ofsedgeandsalt is based out of United States but not in one spot – she is nomadic, living on the road with a small footprint and takes her business with her where ever she goes! 

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Learn more about Of Sedge and Salt: https://homesteaderscoop.com/store/ofsedgeandsalt/

Homesteaders Co-op: The Model of an Ethical Marketplace

Hey y’all, Nate here again, ready to talk about money!

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The world runs on money, right? Til just recently, I think I’d join a lot of people in saying that that system kinda (okay, really) sucks. A weird notion coming from a die-hard capitalist, huh? Well, that’s because I’m an ethical capitalist. People and community are always before money, just as in permaculture:

  1. Earth care.
  2. People care.
  3. Equitable sharing.

Those are the permaculture ethics. They’re in that order for a reason, and as permaculturists, we need to recognize them and their order.

Now, I’m not here to talk politics (such a divisive and counterproductive subject usually), so I do need to point out that permaculture is an apolitical system with no heirarchy except as implied in the ethics. Permaculture doesn’t care if you’re left wing or right wing or wherever. As long as you align yourself ethically, you’re welcome here. That’s why this co-op has an emphasis on sustainable goods and is based heavily on the Steem community. Without those two requirements, what else is there to distinguish us from the unsustainable conglomerate down the street?

That’s also where crypto comes in. For the first time in a long time, we have access to a medium of exchange that is simple, available, and equitable. We have an economical ecosystem here that has lent itself to support of a community, rather than a heirarchy that we didn’t expressly consent to.

We have an outlet now for truly ethical commerce and we want to share it.

We’re here to build and support this earth first and foremost. Without that requirement, how is a system sustainable? Secondly, we’re here to build and support our community. Without people, there is no market; no economy; nowhere to make progress. We need people. And that market space is where we share by our own standards of equitability.

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Ethical money. Ethical food. Ethical markets. Ethical community. That is what Homesteaders Co-op is about.

I appreciate y’all reading this far. That’s one awesome step. But the main step is to join me in conducting ethical commerce at Homesteaders Co-op. For example, go check out our newest vendor of ethically produced medicines, @ofsedgeandsalt on her Vendor Page. I’m sure she’d love to have you as her first customer through the Co-op.

Be blessed.
Be fruitful.
Stay relevant.

Nate


@nateonsteemit is a budding permie in North Texas. Family man and welder by trade, his goals inside permaculture are the advancement of Liberty and saving a few bucks. Check his intro to the Co-op here.

Natural Medicines on the Homesteaders Co-Op: Empowering Steemians Health, Naturally!

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Hello beautiful Steemfolk and residents of the Steemiverse! It’s @riverflows here, humbly editorialising for ‘Homesteaders Co-Op’. They’ve entrusted me with their account – cue evil laugh – muahahaha!

Of course, I’m only joking – The Homesteaders Co-Op is so full of goodness that I couldn’t possibly cue evil anything – I’d simply vaporise and turn to steemdust if I even tried. I mean, check this stuff out!
@celestialcow, A.K.A Celestial Creations, is selling THE most gorgeous silver jewellery – not only is she a STELLAR vegan cook, she can make you look super pretty for the new year with one of her silverworks! And look at this insanely stunning kimono jacket from Weave to Empower Woman’s Co-Op in Granada, Spain.

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To me, Steemit has always been a place of creativity and community, and @sagescrub has managed to weave both these elements of the Steemearth together into one magical carpet – allowing creative people to come together in one place to sell their beautiful wares to the Steem community. It’s another way to stitch all these diverse people into a common good, a marketplace that to me surpasses all others because it is run by people, for people.

Yet today, I’ve got my Natural Medicine hat on (luckily I’m at home alone, as I’m not sure how wearing a lotus with a heart on it would look in public – a good home hat, but not a street hat, methinks), and it’s with this I write today, gravitating toward the ‘natural health’ section of the Homesteaders Co-Op website.

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Since the creation of the @naturalmedicine account nearly four months ago, I’ve learnt alot about what natural health means to people. It’s very much about being empowered to take control of your own well-being through knowledge and the ability to utilise the natural world and it’s bounty to strengthen, nurture and support our systems. For many, it means to move away from dependence on big pharma (that doesn’t always have our best interest at heart) and toward products that are chemical free, organic, often biodynamic, locally sourced, homemade and ethical. From tinctures to salves, fermented foods to teas, natural medicines help us take control.

It’s beyond exciting for me to see that people who are in the Natural Medicine Discord are looking toward selling their products through the Homesteaders Co-Op – currently, @mountainjewel are leading the way with their beautiful tinctures. As co-founder of @naturalmedicine, like me, she’s been an advocate for supporting mental health on the Steem Blockchain with adaptogenic herbs – her ‘Nourish’ tincture is just the thing for this. The product description reads beautifully:

It is the ultimate stress relief and nervous system support, both bringing immediate relief and acting as a nervous system tonic to nourish long term frayed nerves. The synergy of the bright, adaptogenic and balancing energy of holy basil with milky oat’s ability to remind one to drift in the wind, to go with the flow in abundant nourishment (as watching the Oat plant sway in the wind brings to mind) reminds us that everything’s going to be okay. A hug from these two herbal allies is so needed for our nervous systems in times of stress or overwhelm.

I’m also excited to see @flemingfarm‘s newly listed Lilac Glycerine and @thetinkertribe list turmeric rhizomes. Turmeric has been the topic of the week in the Natural Medicine Discord Channel where we have been talking about drying it and fermenting it, it’s bioavailability and how to increase that, what to cook with it and how to enjoy it, and generally informing each other about what to do with this incredible natural medicine.

In this way, I see @homesteaderscoop and @naturalmedicine as siblings of sorts, co-habiting the same steem space and helping each other grow and empower others. How wonderful we’ve got this incredible platform to do so. I look forward to more of our members and other Steemfolk put their medicines up for sale on the co-op and create a market stall for natural health products – if this sounds like something you could do, please get in touch with @sagescrub!

If you’re not already a Natural Medicine Member, please click here to go directly to our Discord server. We’d love to chat!

How do we heal our relationship with money? Community.

How do we decolonize our relationship with money? I have been thinking about this the past few days. The answer I came to: strong, healthy community

I think of a balanced community like a balanced family with healthy components of sacred masculine and sacred feminine. I wonder if women had more influence in how the worlds money is used would we all have a healthier relationship with money?

I want to learn how to bring more feminine traits such as compassion, generosity and nurturing into my own relationship with money. I admit it is difficult because I have many past habits that are contrary to this view.

This is why I believe that I should not be the only one leading Homesteaders Co-op. If it were just me there would not be enough balance, and it would just be @sagescrub‘s Co-op instead of Homesteaders Co-op.

This week I chose to open up our blog to have members of our community join in the voice of the @homesteaderscoop blog.

They will be rewarded with the majority of the post payout as beneficiary because I want them to feel reward and ownership in being part of the Co-op and helping the Co-op to grow. This is one step of many to come that I hope will lead to balance, shared ownership and pride in our Co-op.

Clearly having money in itself is not a bad thing because we need it to survive. This is why one of my goals is to help individuals and families earn a portion of their living for their hard work, living and working more sustainably, with respect for nature, the environment and other living beings.

It is not that they need our help, so much as they need a venue. If we can create a healthy, ethical venue we can all have pride in the commerce that is conducted here. This can only happen as a community, not as a company whose first mission is profits.

So I have re-aligned my first priority and intention to helping facilitate this venue for ethical commerce, without regard to profit.

I am trusting in my intuition that steem will reward us if we are successful in creating more resiliency and value on the steem blockchain in an ethical way. If neither happens then that’s another story for another day 🙂

For now my focus is on learning how to facilitate this community and get the right ingredients together so that it can thrive. We have a lot of work to do together to build awareness of our little Co-op and find our market, especially now during a bear market.

My greatest desire is for the community to take ownership of itself, because I believe that is the only way that it can thrive. I think this includes everyone involved: the contributors, the vendors and the customers as well.

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With that said I’d like to introduce you to our first contributors, the voice and family members of Homesteaders Co-op:

@riverflows

@riverflows is an amazing woman and homesteader with a lot of talent for connection and community. One of her passions is Natural Medicine. She is doing a superb job leading the @naturalmedicine (#naturalmedicine) community. This community is thriving and bustling and full of love, generosity and passion. That is clearly a reflection of @riverflow‘s warm spirit and passion for community. I feel so lucky that @riverflows agreed to contribute to Homesteaders Co-op as a voice and I feel that @homesteaderscoop and @naturalmedicine will have a nice synergy 🙂

@goldendawne

I remember when I first came online @goldendawne was one of the first to welcome me into the steem and discord homesteading communities. I have been in awe of the dedication that @goldendawne has made to helping others thrive on the steem platform. I know that @goldendawne is working hard to make a living from blogging, including steem. But it is clear to me that she prioritizes helping others over making money because that is what I see time again in her actions. @goldendawne does such a fantastic job of combining her passion of homesteading with helping others. I am so glad she will be contributing as part of the voice of @homesteaderscoop!

@thetreeoflife

I met @thetreeoflife only recently here on steem but feel great affinity towards her positive, warm energy. It is incredible how energy can come through over blog posts and chat. @thetreeoflife is passionate about seeking balance, healing, and clean energy in her life and she is making an effort to share that with others here on steem. Combined with her passion for nature and sustainability, we are lucky to have @thetreeoflife contributing to the voice and direction of @homesteaderscoop community.

@nateonsteemit

I can’t express enough gratitude for @nateonsteemit. His actions embody generosity every day. He has been extremely generous to @homesteaderscoop with his time and energy, but more importantly he is generous in sharing his time to build community. He is passionate about connecting people here on steem in homesteading, permaculture, natural medicine and sustainability. @nateonsteemit is so driven by his heart that I am often surprised – even though I should be used to his actions by now, I am still not. I am so glad to have @nateonsteemit join in the voice of @homesteaderscoop.

These are our new contributors. They are our voice and leadership. Be on the lookout in the near future from posts under @homesteaderscoop by these amazing people.

We do also still have several spots open for more contributors of @homesteaderscoop. If you or someone you know might be a good fit, please reach out to @sagescrub on discord.