We Wanna Know!

Hey y’all, I posed a question in our HSCO Forum the other day and it was suggested by @sagescrub that I make a post on the blog. (short original thread) Y’all know we’ve been working on growing our social media presence in a marketing push lately (thanks @porters and @diggndeeper.com), and we all wanna know something from you:

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What do you want to see for sale at Homesteaders Co-op?

There’s a bunch of implications in that and a bunch of subsequent questions, but it all boils down to “what will you buy if you see it for sale here?”

What products will attract customers to this market? What can you do to supply the products you see recommended in responses here? What can we do to supply them?

  • Vendors (and everyone really) would all do well to pay attention to answers here. If you see something recommended here, that’s a quantifiable demand that you may be able to meet.
  • Contributors, we should be watching these responses and bearing them in mind. We may encounter someone out there in our journey that can help meet these market demands.
  • Customers, we need you! Without you, this place is literally worthless. What good is a grocery store chock full of goods if nobody is buying? You are the economic engine. You provide the demand and the market and we need to hear from you! Pay close attention too! Someone may need something that you could list here at the Co-op and sell.

So what do y’all wanna see here? What would you spend your money on? What products would motivate you to be a buyer?

@bobydimitrov says he wants more seed vendors in the EU!

@sagescrub wants to see more seeds, more natural medicine, more homemade clothing, basketry (someone tell @mountainjewel), leatherwork (where’s @armadilloman?), knives (@digitaldan, you see this?), and other handmade goods!

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Can you provide any of that? There’s clearly a demand for all of it. What do you want to see here? What can we do to earn your business?

We wanna know! We need to know! We love you all!

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.

Weekly Featured Sustainable Products – 22 March 2019

This week’s product highlights are here! Each week three random vendors are chosen. One random product is picked from each vendor’s store. Let’s go!


Goldenseal Organic & Biodynamic Cultivated Tincture 1 OZ

Goldenseal Organic & Biodynamic Cultivated Tincture 1 OZ

Hydrastis Canadensis Known by many other names (yellow pucoon, golden root…) goldenseal root has long been a favored medicine of North America. It has been used for countless generations by many indigenous people for a wide variety of conditions. Goldenseal has been primarily known for its antibiotic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory and anti cancer activities. Scientific studies have linked these effects to the presence of berberine and hyrdrastine. Goldenseal has been used externally as…###

This product is available for STEEM, SBD & USD

brought to you by @mountainjewel
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Mountain Jewel

Permaculture Homestead Offering Plants & Medicines

Missouri, United States (US)

Goldenseal Organic & Biodynamic Cultivated Tincture 1 OZ

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Vegan Antiaging Wrinkle Face Cream Hyaluronic Acid Colagen Q10 Skincare, Moisturizer, Bath & Beauty, Cosmetics, Facial Care Cold cream

Vegan Antiaging Wrinkle Face Cream Hyaluronic Acid Colagen Q10 Skincare, Moisturizer, Bath & Beauty, Cosmetics, Facial Care Cold cream

The Q10 COENZIME is a strong antioxidant cosmetic active, recognized for the special protection it gives to the skin against premature aging. It limits the collagen degradation of the skin and reduces the depth of wrinkles. THE HYALURONIC ACID is a natural humectant, preserves the elasticity and the firmness of the skin, with its moisture retention properties, gives skin a softer feel, and more youthful appearance, being one of the best natural moisturizing components used in…###

This product is available for STEEM, SBD & USD

brought to you by @purplemoon
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UndaNatural

Natural Lovemade Cosmetics from an ecovillage

Granada, Spain

Vegan Antiaging Wrinkle Face Cream Hyaluronic Acid Colagen Q10 Skincare, Moisturizer, Bath & Beauty, Cosmetics, Facial Care Cold cream

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Graduating Life with Honours

Graduating Life with Honours

This book describes the journey of healing and exploring relationships so that we all can build healthy relationships in our lives and Graduate Life with Honours. It has already been downloaded several thousand times and is the follow up to the hit Youtube documentary UNGRIP.###

This product is available for STEEM, SBD & USD

brought to you by @carey-page
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Tawatinaw Spirit

Offering natural food, medicine, healing and knowledge while stewarding the land

Alberta, Canada

Graduating Life with Honours

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Homesteady Helpers: HSCO Plankton Support and Curation Initiative

Hey y’all, Nate here with a new project we’re developing. Lots of stuff going on at the Co-op here lately as you’ve likely noticed! Let’s get to it!

This is an update to our fundition project.

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Part of what we’re doing here at Homesteaders Co-op (besides trying to rethink the internet retail economic model) is focusing on new steemians and helping them get established. We put a lot of stock in supporting people in our community because we understand that more active people on the chain makes it stronger, more valuable, more sustainable, and more appealing to other potential users. While we’re particularly supporting people in the#homesteading#permaculture#sustainability, and related communities, these actions will benefit the entirety of Steem.

Our grassroots efforts here started organically and early in the Co-op’s story. At first it was just a simple “hey, how are ya, check out what we’re doing” campaign, and has morphed into a more organized community project with more formal welcome comments from our contributors, dedicated discord channels, and movements that are nothing short of community rally cries where we all swarm lovingly to support new folks. It has also meshed into our efforts to make delegations to new folks and to offer access to free and instant steem accounts that we can provide to folks.

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This newsletter is an update and explanation of our mission and progress on that front, as well as a curation of the accounts we’re supporting.

At the time of this writing, the newbies we delegate to are @nancymoral@rainbow.snake@thunderox@homegrownstables@ekawaediw@stanmr@warfsterveld@tarahgreen@sinikka@circulartimes@hippygirlco@lizablove@bluntcrypto@winslow-home@dansgardening, and @celestethebest.

Our standard delegation is 30 SP, so there’s a total of 480 SP currently delegated from @homesteaderscoop to help new eco-conscious people on steem because our mission focuses on community, not money. We at the Co-op understand that without people, economics doesn’t work.

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That said, here’s some posts by people to support. We hope you see value in these new steemians like we do!

@nancymoral has a new son-in-law! In her post, is the short and sweet farm wedding ceremony and a montage of photos of the happy couple! Congrats from the Co-op!

@hippygirlco seems to have dug herself in on steem, and is embracing actifit! Check out the cute baby goat from a recent farmers market trip!

@lizablove is finding her niche integrating with @share2steem talking about the nine things that help her through challenging experiences! What a meaningful topic, y’all check it out here!

@dansgardening uploaded a video of Dan gardening! Today he’s growing peppers! He also talks about some of the other things he’s growing this year. Good to see new folks embracing the video aspect of steem, keep it up Dan!

Also noteworthy is @celestethebest‘s post on her rare butterfly sighting. We’ve just missed the opportunity to support it as the post has just paid out! Bummer! But she has been posting some more cool stuff, so we’ll likely get another chance to support her. 🙂

The rest of our minnows haven’t had any posts recently, so we’ll be reaching out to them to see if they’re doing okay here, and it looks like we may need to make a Co-op policy for the event that a newbie goes inactive.

So that’s what’s going on here on this end. We’re always brainstorming and developing this idea and seeing how it grows. Thanks for reading our first newbie curation and for helping us in supporting these young steemians!

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.

Homesteaders – Living Naturally, Newsletter. 20th March 2019.

Welcome back to another edition of this newsletter. It’s been another busy week for the natural living community and great things continue to happen.

Things happening in the community.

At the @homesteaderscoop website @sagescrub has been putting together a communities section.

@pennsif has had it all happening over at @altlife. On Thursday he had @sagescrub and @wwf on MSP waves for the homesteaders co-op. The homesteaders and preppers list continues to grow and he’s started on a list for homeschoolers and unschoolers too. The latest post for information on alternative lifestyle Steem communities is up too.

Over at @naturalmedicine they are running a new contest to win Steem, which runs until Thursday 28th March, and the curation highlights are up.

For the @ecotrain@eco-alex has posted a challenge to celebrate International Forest Day.

Welcoming Newcomers

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Not precisely a newcomer, because @lmroberts first started an account here way back in 2016, but didn’t do more than post a couple of intros. However, now they’re back and hopefully we can make them feel welcome and show what a thriving community has developed here in the last couple of years.

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Another not entirely new arrival is @stevesmithagain, who arrived here in September. Perhaps a warm welcome will mean it’s not another 5 months before he posts for us again. ;D

Some highlights of the week

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@luzcypher has written an in-depth post on the benefits of avoiding straight lines in gardening for production. Read more about this permaculture principal here.

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@sagescrub‘s onions are apparently walking! A bit more here on a perennial root type crop which is a good follow on from @wildhomesteading‘s post which I highlighted last week.

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@artemislives is excited about the arrival of the mosquito repelling artemisia, just as the mosquitoes arrive. Nature seems to have a way of providing the right things at the right times when it comes to our health. Read more about it and how she uses it here.

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It looks like @lolzwithlisa is having quite a fun journey experimenting with veganising recipes which traditionally have meat bases and I think she’s done a fantastic job with the chilli. Not everyone likes the meat-free meat substitutes, so if that’s you, then this could be the recipe you’ve been looking for.

Thank you for stopping by. This week’s newsletter was brought to you by @minismallholding.

Sales Report – February 2019

We are providing monthly sales reports for our community marketplace in the spirit of transparency.

February’s sales were a lower than January’s $275.75, but March is shaping up to be stronger in the first half, we will see how March finishes. In the meantime here are February’s figures.

All in all we are only 2 1/2 months into our new marketplace and it is exciting to see any sales happening already! As a community we are growing and learning how to market our stores and our marketplace together. Good things are happening and I personally look forward to the months ahead. I am very motivated to see our vendors receiving sales and being rewarded for their hard work and quality offerings.

This post is an update to our fundition project

$206.02 total sales

In February our vendors saw $206.02 in total sales, priced in USD. This number is excluding shipping.

Breakdown by currency

CurrencyTotal%
STEEM$54.5626.48%
SBD$3.991.94%
USD$147.4771.58%
Total$206.02100%

23 orders were paid for

This equates to an average order order value of $8.96

42 items purchased

A total of 42 items were included in those 23 transactions.

The average number of items per order is 1.8 items per order.

100% of the profit is retained

True to our mission to seek empowerment over profit, 100% of funds transferred between customer and vendor are safely in the vendors’ hands.

We are not middlemen in the transactions, so we never touched any of the funds, nor did we take any commission. In fact Homesteaders Co-op was bypassed completely during financial transactions between customer and vendor – this is by design.

Previous Sales Reports

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This is an update to our fundition project: Free Community Marketplace for Handmade Goods in STEEM/SBD

‐ @sagescrub

Homesteaders – Living Naturally, Newsletter. 13th March 2019

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Welcome back for the second newsletter! The first one was well received and supported. I’d like to extend my thanks to my daughter, @svitlaangel, and to @riverflows for their ideas and designs to come up with a name and logo for the newsletter.

Things happening in the community.

@pennsif‘s Homesteaders and Preppers list is filling out nicely again. Some countries and continents are yet to be represented and some are only sparsely represented, but I hope to see more coming in. The list has relocated to the @altlife account, where you can also find information on the radio show and other alternative lifestyle communities on Steem.

A comment was made on one of the Homesteaders and Preppers list posts, indicating that they weren’t sure if they quite reached the criteria for being added to the list. This once again raised the question, for me, if there is such a thing as a criterion. @riverflows has posted a couple of times about whether we make assumptions upon what makes a homesteader. I feel that if the interest is there, then connecting with other like-minded people shouldn’t require criteria. What are your thoughts on this, dear reader?

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At @naturalmedicine there are some highlights up from the week. The challenge which sparked some of these posts has been extended for the last entries to be in today. So if you’re really quick and inspired, you could sneak one in. Otherwise, keep an eye on their page for future challenges.

Welcoming Newcomers

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New to Steem is @herbncrypto who likes to grow and create. I hope we can make him feel welcome.

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Also, @warfsterveld is a homesteader who joined last month. Some may have already met them, but we all know how slow going things are at the start so I felt them deserving of a highlight.

Some highlights of the week

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@wildhomesteading is capturing my interest again; this time with suggestions for perennial root crops. Set and forget types of plants are definitely right up my alley. Read more about it here.

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@ligayagardener gives a tour of his aquaponics system from start to finish. He talks about how he started small growing from there and mentions the little tweaks made along the way to improve efficiency. Watch the video here.

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You may have read that there’s a push to get more accounts to minnow status on the site at the moment. One of the accounts chosen belongs to homesteader @squishysquid. This is her post for that minnow push, in which she tells us about it and includes her helpful video on trimming goat hoofs. Read and watch all about it here.

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I had to share this one from our new arrival @herbncrypto. What amazing skill and creativity in making both his own and his wife’s wedding bands! Read how he did it here.

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We can’t go without a recipe, so here’s something a bit different from @leylar with biscuits which add a new flavour using pumpkin seed flour.

Thank you for stopping by. This week’s newsletter was brought to you by @minismallholding.

Earthship Chronicles eBook by @eco-alex – Making this world a better place

I am honored that @eco-alex has joined Homesteaders Co-op as a vendor. He has added so much value to the steem blockchain and in his communities offline as well. Alex has brought his book to our marketplace which chronicles his adventure in creating his own Earthship. He shares his knowledge and lessons learned about natural building and living self-sufficiently.

It is quite fitting that @eco-alex is selling Earthship Chronicles in Homesteaders Co-op, because he is helping empower people to be more self sufficient, resilient and re-connecting with their natural environment through their living space.

@eco-alex is also the founder of @ecoTrain, a Steem Community dedicated to making the world a better place through positive actions, sharing knowledge, inspiring others via a weekly online Magazine. You can learn more about ecoTrain here.

@eco-alex now accepts STEEM, SBD and USD for Earthship Chronicles

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

The magical tale of a man who self built his self sufficient luxurious earthship home with no experience or training.

If you are thinking about one day building your own eco-home or want to live off-grid and be self-sufficient, then this book is written for you! Welcome to the start of this journey and sharing.

This Book is about many things. It is a fantastic learning opportunity as I explain the most important concepts and ideas you need to know so you can understand how Earthship Biotecture works, and how Earthships are able to perform so well with little to no maintenance or bills. I also cover the thoughts and considerations that I had to make whilst building Earthship Karuna; including the technical aspects of building with my own pictures and of course many wonderful stories!

I share what I have learned through my own experiences of eco-building. I have learned a lot during my first and subsequent builds and will offer you my best advice and ideas for you to be able to fulfil your eco-building dreams. Anyone who has embarked on the journey of self-building will know that it is a long and often challenging journey. Whilst it may not be easy, it has taken me on a new path that has gifted me with so many things, not least real security and a truly comfortable home and lifestyle for a lifetime!

As this story unfolds, you will come to know that living in an Earthship or self-sufficient home is about many things. It is not just an ethical choice or a building type choice, it is also a lifestyle choice. When you start to live off-grid, and self-sufficiently, you embark on a break out from the matrix/zeitgeist. You start to unplug yourself from the normal, dependent, vulnerable, and highly controlled way of life that many people are used to in cities and highly developed countries. When you are truly self-sufficient and out of debt you take away some of the main sources of stress: buying food, paying the bills, covering the mortgage or rent, and needing to work full-time to allow this to continue. We can also look at environmental issues and great need to build smarter and in a more connected way, especially in the face of climate change. Our global population is rising and with it the poverty level and inequality of wealth in all forms. To compound this issue, the cost of living is also hurtling up! We are moving toward a very unsafe and unsustainable future if we continue to build and live in the same way that we have been doing.

You can browse @eco-alex‘s products at: Alex Leor’s Homesteaders Co-op Store

@eco-alex is based out of United Kingdom and his eBook can be downloaded anywhere! (Homesteaders Co-op is an international marketplace)

Vendor Introduction: Catharsiopa Alchemical Products and Artistry (@Ravenking13) Now Listing on Homesteaders Co-Op!

@ravenking13 is now listing their beautiful spagyric inspired tincture ‘Rose Flower & Hips – Secret Home’! Even the product description is alluring – ‘A Guide to the Secret Chamber of the Heart’. Looking at some the gorgeous alchemical products @ravenking13 writes about on his blog, I’m super excited about this one!

@ravenking13 writes of his elixirs:

All of my elixirs and products are handcrafted in small batches predominantly for my own private use and as part of the alchemical art projects documented here on the site. Made with great care and intention. All of my ingredients are natural (and locally sourced whenever possible) and contain no chemical additives or preservatives. Because of this, there may be variations in the products. The herbs I use are all organic, either from my own garden or bought. Each elixir is unique and a one time product, taking at the very least a month of work from start to finish to prepare. I only make Elixirs with which I personally work, exploring the alchemical art, their uses and as tools for soul, spirit and body evolution.

@ravenking13 now accepts steem, SBD and USD.

You can browse their store and look for new listings at: Catharsiopa on HomesteadersCoop. Keep an eye on this one – there are plans for new listings soon!

@ravenking13 is based out of Luxembourg and ships internationally! (Homesteaders Co-op is an international marketplace)

Calling Global Homesteaders: Are You One, And Didn’t Know It?

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Hey, it’s @riverflows here, writing from the Antipodes or down under, as some folks know it. You know, before I joined Steemit, I only had a very stereotypical idea of what a homesteader was. To me, it was definitely an Americanism, something that conjured a Little House on the Prairie type scenario or preppers with guns and big stocks of food ready to ward off an apocalypse. I’d lived in England for a while, where I got used to the term ‘smallholding’ which was the British equivalent, but still, I only had a vague idea of what either of these things meant. And one day, we bought a 5 acre property in rural Australia (not so rural we had to ride kangaroos to work, but rural enough to be cautious on roads at dawn and dusk) and people started asking me questions. Are we self sufficient? Do we have a vegie patch? Do we have animals? I realised whatever life we were trying to live – conscious of the earth, willing to gain a little food sovereignty, adhere to sustainable values – came with a kind of label attached to it.

I still don’t know what that is, but I relate to this ‘homesteader’ tag on Steemit alot. To me it’s about folk who want to live sustainable lifestyles, grow their own food, make their own herbal medicines. You don’t need to live on a ranch or thousands of acres to be one, and you sure as hell don’t need to be an expert either. You can be an urban homesteader, growing tomatoes and grapes and raising quail in inner city Melbourne. You can have a verandah on a tiny block growing plants in containers. You can have an aquaponics system in the middle of the desert or a disused parking lot. You might even just support homesteaders by buying their produce at farmers markets and taking it home to pickle it yourself, or be into wildcrafting and foraging weeds and mushrooms on the weekend. You might be doing aid work on a farm in Lombok, learning about indigenous medicines in South America, or about to start a herbal medicine course in Tasmania. You might have grown up on a farm in South Africa. You might be have an allotment seasonally in Wales. You might distil lavender oil in your shed in France.

This is exactly what @minismallholding (a fellow Aussie) said in her newsletter yesterday (did you see it?):

While the title says Homesteaders, the community branches into so many different areas. Whether you’re a backyard gardener or living on acres, interested in natural living and medicines or prepping, crafting, DIY and food preparation, interests and communities all interlink and are welcoming and I’m sure you’ll find something of interest to you and a place for you.

Anyone can identify with this tag and we’re encouraging you to join in the conversation about homesteading practices on Steemit, whether you have a huge property or a tiny backyard, an island in the South Pacific (lucky you) or raise bees the top of a high rise building in a huge city.

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Saying that, the vast majority of homesteaders on Steemit, according to @pennsif‘s lovingly compiled list released this week (which you can find here) ARE from the U.S, and a large proportion in Canada too. I’ve been having fun thinking about why this is. Perhaps it is just an identification thing, or perhaps Steemit isn’t as well known in other countries. I’d love to meet more homesteaders from Africa, from Australia or from Europe. Upon reading this article, if you’ve changed your mind about whether or not you’re a homesteader (and hey, maybe we all have at least a littlehomesteader in us), please get in touch – go look at @pennsif‘s list, befriend some good folk, and get to know us. We’d love to have you as part of this community, wherever you come from.

Of course, the eventual outcome of this is more listings on the Homesteaders Co-Op website, which would truly be amazing. I’m going to follow @quochuy‘s lead in listing some things soon, as my hops is about to be harvested and I’m thinking about putting together an E-Book on how to make your own wicking beds. I’m so excited about getting more Australian listings on Homesteaders Co-Op, and hope that many more countries follow suite!

Introducing @minismallholding and the Return of the Homesteading Newsletter.

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Hi all, @minismallholding here. I live in suburban Adelaide, South Australia and like to homestead in miniature on our little plot. I’m learning as I go and trying to get used to a completely different climate as I spent the first 32 years of my life in England. I came to Steemit to share my learning experiences, but it has become so much more of a community in so many more ways than I would have ever imagined.

When I landed on Steemit, in July 2017, I was lucky to get spotted and welcomed onboard with a newly gathering homesteading and prepping community. @pennsif was putting together a list of like-minded people so we could connect with one another, @greenacrehome formed Homesteaders Online and @kiaraantonoviche put out a weekly homesteading newsletter. Sadly, not everyone could keep up with commitments and the banner was passed on with the formation of the Global Homestead Collective, @ghscollective #ghsc, and later projects like @homesteaderscoop and @naturalmedicine.

Recently @pennsif pulled out the old homesteaders and preppers list and it was sad to see so many familiar names which have gone inactive. Kiara was one who moved on to other things in life and it seems that I wasn’t the only one to have missed her newsletters. So @sagescrub has invited me to resurrect the newsletter in a new home at the Homesteaders Co-op. I’m both nervous and excited to be coming on board with some amazing contributors and hope I can do it justice.