Sustainable, Handmade, Ethical Products – 3rd June 2019

Featuring sustainable products and ethical services from https://homesteaderscoop.com

Support individuals and families who care about sustainability and leaving a healthier planet to our children’s children!


Medicine Card Reading

Medicine Card Reading

If you would like a personal Medicine Card reading: Send 10 STEEM/ 5 SBD for the FIRST 30 minutes. The price will increase in 30 minute increments. More cards takes more time. The average reading takes 1 hour plus. (A 1 Card Reading can be done in 30 minutes) Choose a deck and spread: Animal Spirit (1, 2, 3, 4, or 13 card spread), Chakra Wisdom (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 7 card spread), or Mystical Shaman Oracle (1, 3, or 4 card spread.) Each person is given a special one-on-one…###

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Native American Natural Medicine

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Organic Holy Basil [Tulsi] Tincture 1 OZ

Organic Holy Basil [Tulsi] Tincture 1 OZ

Ocimum Tenuiflorum Also known as Tulsi, holy basil holds a sacred and revered space in homes in the Indian subcontinent and it is a very important herb in Ayurveda. It has been used widely as a home remedy and nourishing part of a healthy lifestyle for millennia. Holy basil has a number of functions and actions, due to its thoroughly nourishing nature. Because of its ability to reduce cortisol levels (stress hormone) and balance bodily functions (including blood sugar regulation), it is…###

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Mountain Jewel

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Missouri, United States (US)

Organic Holy Basil [Tulsi] Tincture 1 OZ

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Strawflower Dreamcatcher – natural dreamcatcher with dried flowers and silver thread, floral dream catcher, boho wall hanging, natural decor

Strawflower Dreamcatcher – natural dreamcatcher with dried flowers and silver thread, floral dream catcher, boho wall hanging, natural decor

This sweet dreamcatcher has a very rustic, bohemian look and would fit beautifully with natural, earthy decor. The flowers are grown in my garden in Oregon and the branches are wild crafted. I source all my materials as sustainably as possible and try to leave a small footprint on the earth. Dried flowers, if hung indoor away from the elements, will last for many years. Natural aged flowers have a lovely vintage look that can be even more beautiful as the colors will fade slightly, becoming…###

Strawflower Dreamcatcher – natural dreamcatcher with dried flowers and silver thread, floral dream catcher, boho wall hanging, natural decor is available for STEEM, SBD & USD

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Idyllwild

Homegrown and Handmade Dried Flower Arrangements

Oregon, United States (US)

Strawflower Dreamcatcher – natural dreamcatcher with dried flowers and silver thread, floral dream catcher, boho wall hanging, natural decor

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HSCO Featured Vendor | Meet “Sunscapes Soap Shop”

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Hello again from @SenorCoconut,

This week, we’re going to ask a few questions to reflect the ethics and ideologies of one vendor at HSCO: Sunscapes Soap Shop. (@sunscape on steemit)!

Building a community is about clear communication and the willingness to support one another. As Homesteaders Co-op (HSCO) grows, we must keep in mind that the complexity and diversity of its moving parts may also expand, so here we are helping this free market stay running smooth together.

We found it essential for the good of everyone to highlight the vendors of the HSCO market place. Wouldn’t be nice to know the individuals and families offering their goods and services a little more?

Every week vendors are featured on the web site. As a community, we thought that every week, we should feature these vendors here on the Steem blockchain (@HomesteadersCoop) to give everyone that much more exposure.


It takes a village to raise a child, because when people help eachother life is easier for everyone involved.


Without further ado, here are a few question I’ve conjured up… let’s meet Sunscapes Soap Shop:

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SenorCoconut: I’ve been going through all the products from your your soap shop on Homesteaders Coop and I have to say, it all looks so delicious and edible… One could almost smell all the fragrances through the photos! Can you tell us about your passion for making soap?

Sunscape: I love that you think the soaps look delicious, but I am sure you would rather not take a bite unless of course, you want to be reminded of having your mouth washed out with soap like when you were a child. Of course, that statement probably gives my age away. For some unknown reason, I believe parents used to think that would stop us from cussing, lol.

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Now, back to your question about how my passion arose for soapmaking. I have always had a very creative spirit and a desire for making handmade items my entire life. I even traveled the art festival and crafts circuit throughout western, NY for many years selling my handcrafted items. It was about 35 years ago that I first came across handmade soaps at a festival and I was hooked right then and there. I think I spent forever at that woman’s booth smelling the wonderful aroma from every single bar. The all-natural ingredients and the variety of amazing scents did it for me. I knew then, that someday I would create my own line of soaps for everyone to enjoy. Of course, it did not happen right away, as life has a way of taking us where we have to go for a little while.

Although traveling to craft festivals is and was a very enjoyable experience, but as all things change over time, that too has narrowed to sales much closer to home. Bringing the soaps online, instead of hauling them all over the festival circuit seems so much easier to me at my age and less time consuming while being a great way to reach a larger audience too.

SenorCoconut: I am alway curious to hear about the intentions vendors may have put into their products or the desired outcome one is looking for in selling handmade product. How are you looking to connect with your customer base?

Sunscape: I feel that my “intention” is integral to the success of my soap business. I believe with my whole heart that I am bringing my customers a truly unique soap creation for them to enjoy. I won’t even go into my soap room if I am having a bit of an off day, as I do not want any of my discordant vibes affecting my products, just saying! I carefully choose the ingredients that go into each of my bars of soap. I intend that the recipes I create will be as all-natural, healthy and safe for my customers which is of the utmost importance to me. Researching the qualities of each ingredient, and how they benefit the skin and how they can work together, is a key to creating a wonderful product.

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I started out thinking that I was going to focus on reaching the younger generation by creating an all-natural, vegan-friendly line of products. However, how can one not want to share a great product with everyone? 🙂 Focusing on one particular age group may be how some people would choose to market their product, but I don’t want to put myself in that kind of box and limit myself to a certain type of customer. I feel I have a line that can benefit any age group from hippie to mature and that’s how I roll.

SenorCoconut: This next one is on “carbon footprint” and our human impact on our environment. Without getting too political, can you tell us how you feel about climate change and pollution?

Sunscape: I believe each of us at some point in our life comes to the understanding that we can help to create a cleaner, healthier and safe planet to live on. I am sure that deep down in the depths of everyone’s heart there lies a spark of Divine light that carries a desire to nurture Mother Earth. You can see this everyday in posts that stream to you, watching the world news and even talking with your friends and family.

People are so much more aware today of what needs to be done to ensure that the Earth can continue to sustain the growing population. People want to help however they can to reduce the number of waste products that go into our landfills. Being mindful of how we dispose of chemical products, prescriptions that are unused, and not putting toxic liquids down the drain to eventually reach the water supply is up to us all. How else will we ever decrease the pollution levels that go into the ground, water and air. Using less wherever we can is so important for each of us to decrease our carbon footprint. How each of us does that will be as unique as the individual. We all have a part to play and I believe we are going to get extremely good at creating recyclable materials from all-natural products that will not harm the eco-system. Everyone deserves to enjoy this beautiful planet for eons to come.

I really don’t know what to say about climate change. I know many believe it is due to pollution, others believe that our weather is manipulated at times, and they are probably right. I come from the perspective that the Earth knows how to cleanse and purge itself no matter what humanity may continue to do to her. Gaia is as alive as we are and I believe that the weather cycles we are going through are a huge part of her doing just that. The Earth has been here for billions of years and like all other life on planets throughout our solar system, it too has cycles that appear and disappear throughout the ages. I feel we are experiencing one of those warming, water cycles during our lifetime. In a way, I am glad it is not the cooling water cycle where our weather gets colder and colder for longer periods of time. I do not want to have to live through an ice age thank you very much, brrrr.

SenorCoconut: I have noticed that you use all natural materials for making your products, why is this important to you?

Sunscape: I have always loved creating something with my hands. I believe I get that from my grandmother and aunt who always let me help them when they were making homemade items for their own families. They always grew their own fruit and veggies and of course there were the chickens and cows too that added to the natural way of growing up on a farm. We made the jam, canned our fruit, made butter from the cow’s cream and of course lived off the land. Back then we recycled old clothes into scraps of fabric for making quilts for the family beds. It was an era I grew up in and I am so happy to see so many young people returning to a simpler lifestyle that is self-sustaining.

Actually, I come from a long line of very talented family members who today, like myself, continue to create and inspire their children to do the same. Every day my mind imagines different ways that I can share my inspirations with others just as my family has throughout the years. That is one of the reasons I began making my own soaps as that is what one did on the farm all those years ago. I just happen to enjoy doing so with a little bit of a modern twist today.

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Sunscapes soaps are mainly created using the cold process method and in small batches using traditional techniques passed down throughout the generations, but tweaked here and there with some modern day advances. Each batch of soap is made using the best essential oils, fragrances, botanicals, minerals, and organic products whenever possible. Most of the ingredients I use are purchased from trustworthy soap companies that offer sustainable, non-GMO and eco-friendly products specific to the soaping industry. This is very important to Sunscapes Soaps as I believe everything you put “on” your body is as important as what you put “into” it.

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It has always been my intention to keep my product line all-natural and as organic as is possible. I grew and managed my own plant nursery for many years and it was important to me then to offer organic plants, herbs, and vegetables to my customers. It is funny how one aspect of one’s career can flow into another as life’s journey goes on. Today, I still grow my own herbs and botanicals in raised beds organically and use them in my soaps all the time. At least to me, this is very important. Being chemical free is why I wanted to start making soaps in the first place. Here I am years later merging my knowledge of the nursery business with that of handmade soapmaking.

Now, I am learning how to forage from many wonderful people here on Steemit and at Homesteaders Co-op.

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This last week I made fresh, Dandelion Soap and a Healing Balm too. Then the Violets came into bloom and of course, I had to infuse them into an oil to make a balm for arthritic joints and swollen muscles. Not to mention that I even made a wonderful Violet Jelly too.

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Then came the Lilacs and another jelly, this is my life! I see nature’s beautiful bounty and I ask myself how can that benefit me and others too? How could I have known that growing my own herbs and fruit when I took that fork in the road so many years ago would bring me here today? Isn’t life grand?

SenorCoconut: Lastly, let’s talk photography. That seems to be another passion of yours, could you tell us a little about your creative mind please?

Sunscape: Ahh, I see you have noticed that I love to photograph…everything! I just love life and everything that surrounds me just seems to captivate me. Using my camera, whether it is my Pentax or iPhone to capture up close that which often is overlooked, is exciting to me.

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I just adore nature and really want to capture it in a way that others can enjoy it too. I think my creative juices are always flowing and never shut off. I could be knee deep in the dirt planting flowers, only to see a snail climbing up a flower stem that of course has to be photographed and shared with one of the fun challenges here on Steemit. Besides, that snail just happened to show up to remind me to take a break and enjoy that moment with him. Who could resist that?


I want to thank you for taking precious time out of your day to answer these questions, there is so much to learn from what you said… I am glad you mentioned Gaia being alive as we are. It seems a lot of people forget that. And thank you for your optimism, I guess you’re right, we are much more aware today of what needs to be done to ensure that the Earth can continue to sustain the growing population.

Your work is very inspiring, and I wish you all the best with making everything you make. Funny you mention eating soap, apparently I had a bad habbit of nibbling on it when i was little… I didn’t even have a potty mouth!

Once again, thank you @Sunscape for letting us have a peak into your life, it was a pleasure to read 😁 and keep up that optimism please, we really need it!


For those of you who would like to look at the shop at HSCO here a quick link: Sunscapes Soap Shop!


Thank you so much for reading and stay tuned for next week’s featured vendor… Same time, same place!

@SenorCoconut

PS: Special thanks to @Riverflows for the graphics on that first image at the top of the post 💚 and of course @Homesteaderscoop for being an awesome community!

Homesteaders – Living Naturally, Newsletter. 29th May 2019

I can’t believe how busy it’s been this week! There is so much going on, both in the communities and offline for everyone, that it gives me a lot of respect for how much these community members still manage to accomplish on here. @artemislives is already so busy, but still managed to pull the @ecotrain passengers up when we missed a post. So this is how hard these communities are working for everyone.

For the next few weeks, I’d like to feature a community with a little description about themselves from the founders. First up:

@riverflows on the @naturalmedicine community

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The Natural Medicine community aims to support and celebrate those who are interested in alternative healing. We upvote and resteem great content about all sorts of healing and health modalities, from good food and physical exercise from yoga to tai chi, herbalism and plant medicine including mushrooms and psychedelics, nature and sound therapies and everything in between. We run fortnightly contests for great prizes, have informative content and do lots of other cool things to support our members as much as we can. We aim to empower Steemfolk on their healing journeys, whilst having a bit of fun along the way! We encourage you to use the tag #naturalmedicine so we can easily find your posts. You can find us on Discord – come say hello here! We also have a subgroup called Mindful Life, where we meet for virtual group meditations and use the #mindfullife tag to share all posts to do with meditation & spirituality.

Things happening in the community.

The Question of the Week this week at @ecotrain has been getting some wonderful insights from many angles. If you have the time to add your own thoughts on RESPECT, then jump in before it finishes. Alternatively, keep an eye out for the next question, they are always thought-provoking.

Things over at @altlife are still quiet, but it’s founder certainly isn’t. @pennsif has added in a daily challenge for himself to do five things for the planet every day, #five4theplanet. If you’re wanting ideas on reducing your own footprint, you can’t go far wrong having a read of his posts on this and maybe you could even add some posts of your own journey in cutting down your impact on the planet. It doesn’t have to be daily, even a few things a week helps.

@homesteaderscoop is asking us to tell people what homesteading means to them. While it may have started out as a specific meaning, things have changed so that it can encompass a broader range of beliefs and ethics. Entries for this challenge will be accepted until the end of 5th June. More information can be found here.

@wildhomesteading‘s weekly contest is gaining traction. Tell us all about what you’re doing in your garden and if you post during the week, from Monday to Friday, you can enter it into the contest. The main thing’s he’s looking for is how you work with nature in your garden. I know we’ve got lots of gardeners who are blogging on here, so drop your link over at the @wildhomesteading contest and you could be in with a chance to win @steembasicincome shares.

@naturalmedicine has lots happening! The fundraising raffle will finish in a couple of days, so get your tickets quick. For meditators #mindfullife is offering a chance to win 5 @steembasicincome just for sharing your experience on how you came to meditating. Do you have any posts on natural medicines and healing? If so then the community would love to see it added to the library on discord. Whether it’s an old or a new post, you could be in with a chance to win even more SBI!

Last, but not least, @simplymike‘s Steemit Community Garden Journal Challenge is up for May. What have you been up to in the garden this month?

Welcoming Newcomers

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Last month we were joined by @cindyhartz on Steem. She’s just done a new introduction post to let people know a bit more about her. Here’s a lady who loves to live with the land and nature. I hope we can all give her a warm welcome into the communities as she continues to find her place here.

Some highlights of the week

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Just when I think I know everything with regards to growing potatoes, @thebigsweed goes and enlightens me some more.

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Soil can be a hard thing to come by in some places. I don’t mean dirt, I mean that nutritious rich material that plants can thrive in. @papa-pepper has been talking about how he harvests this brown/black gold, on his own clay and stone filled land.

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@kay-leclerc tells us a bit about what being a homesteader has come to mean for her, with a story about how her life has come full circle in order to be able to go back to living without the chemicals which fill our modern lives.

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I don’t know how often talk of fermented foods for our health comes up these days. Everybody seems to be cottoning onto its benefits now. So with fantastic timing, @abitcoinskeptic has posted this recipe for making sauerkraut.

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

Homesteaders – Living Naturally, Newsletter. 22nd May 2019

Another week has passed and the homesteading and natural living communities have been as busy as ever. It’s wonderful to see how they are growing, evolving and thriving from that early start back in mid 2017. It’s always been a busy, interactive and supportive community, even back when we started as Steemit Homesteaders. We were all small accounts and unable to give much financial support, yet if there is a community that understands that moral and personal support comes before money, it’s this one. I believe that this philosophy has been the reason the communities stay strong and retain so many members. Yes, we’ve branched out into multiple communities now, but are still connected and support one another.

Things happening in the community.

I love how our communities band together for a great cause. Over at @freedomtribe, with support from @theinnerblocks and @naturalmedicine, they are running a happiness challenge to raise funds for @LittleDisciples school and charity in Venezuela. The challenge is open until Wednesday 29th May, so there is still plenty of time to join in.

@steemonboarding is running a contest, with lots of prizes up for grabs, to encourage mass adoption of the Steem blockchain. This starts today and runs until 12th June. More details can be found here.

Other current contests and challenges which are running are:

Welcoming Newcomers

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@beckyanne71 has just joined Steem and is still trying to find her way around. Hopefully, we can help.

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Not quite so new here is @kindredacres, who joined us at the start of this year. They post about homesteading and wellness and have content on other platforms. Also an Etsy shop, woohoo!

Some highlights of the week

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The big C is often something which strikes fear into many a heart, but as independent researchers are finding, there are more than just the conventional ways to treat and prevent cancers. @artemislives shares a simple recipe which has helped her with early signs of skin cancer.

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@open3ye gives us the low down on composting in this detailed and helpful article.

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I’ve had a passing interest in Earthships for some time now, but it’s hard to find the time to research them. To the rescue came @eco-alex with a quick read which gives 10 reasons why he thinks they are awesome. It’s a concise article covering the main benefits of Earthships and how and why they work.

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If you fancy treating yourself you can’t go far wrong with @vegan.niinja‘s gluten free, vegan pancake recipe.

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

Sustainable, Handmade, Ethical Products – 20th May 2019

Featuring sustainable products and ethical services from https://homesteaderscoop.com

Support individuals and families who care about sustainability and leaving a healthier planet to our children’s children!


The Blue Dancer paper toy INSTANT Download illustration Diy – articulated paper doll – printable decoration pdf – for kids

The Blue Dancer paper toy INSTANT Download illustration Diy – articulated paper doll – printable decoration pdf – for kids

DIY is funny!!! This is a DIGITAL file of a nice dancer articulated paper doll from one of my original illustration. You can use this paper doll to decor your home, as bookmark, to make a awesome gift for your kids or your friends. A cute printable decor! In this listing there are a PDF file and a PNG file of printable sheet in A4 size. You can print it on your prefer paper (it works well with a 200/300 gr paper), cut it, fasten the pieces together (using brads if you want to have an…###

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Welcome to my shop where you can find my artworks and my handmade products for a nice lifestyle

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Distance Reiki Energy Work Session with a Master

Distance Reiki Energy Work Session with a Master

Modality: Distance Reiki is sometimes said to work according to the Hermetic Law of Similarity which holds that we are all connected. We are all expressions of the same fundamental energy forming the whole. How it works: Reiki is a 100% natural, non-invasive and safe method of energy balancing for stress reduction and relaxation. It is performed hands on or off depending on the client’s preference and involves no tissue manipulation. All healing is self-healing where the…###

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Colorado, United States (US)

Distance Reiki Energy Work Session with a Master

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Organic Holy Basil [Tulsi] Tincture 1 OZ

Organic Holy Basil [Tulsi] Tincture 1 OZ

Ocimum Tenuiflorum Also known as Tulsi, holy basil holds a sacred and revered space in homes in the Indian subcontinent and it is a very important herb in Ayurveda. It has been used widely as a home remedy and nourishing part of a healthy lifestyle for millennia. Holy basil has a number of functions and actions, due to its thoroughly nourishing nature. Because of its ability to reduce cortisol levels (stress hormone) and balance bodily functions (including blood sugar regulation), it is…###

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Mountain Jewel

Permaculture Homestead Offering Plants & Medicines

Missouri, United States (US)

Organic Holy Basil [Tulsi] Tincture 1 OZ

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HSCO Featured Vendor | Meet “Mountain Jewel”.

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Hello again from @SenorCoconut,

This week, we’re going to ask a few questions to reflect the ethics and ideologies of one vendor at HSCO: Mountain Jewel. (@mountainjewel on steemit)!

Building a community is about clear communication and the willingness to support one another. As Homesteaders Co-op (HSCO) grows, we must keep in mind that the complexity and diversity of its moving parts may also expand, so here we are helping this free market stay running smooth together.

We found it essential for the good of everyone to highlight the vendors of the HSCO market place. Wouldn’t be nice to know the individuals and families offering their goods and services a little more?

Every week vendors are featured on the web site. As a community, we thought that every week, we should feature these vendors here on the Steem blockchain (@HomesteadersCoop) to give everyone that much more exposure.


It takes a village to raise a child, because when people help eachother life is easier for everyone involved.


Without further ado, here are a few question I’ve conjured up… let’s meet Mountain Jewel:

SenorCoconut: I have followed your journey on the steem blockchain since the beginning, and you’ve both been such an inspiration to me in terms of homesteading, self-reliance, and permaculture. Can you talk about what brought you to create Mountain Jewel?

Mouintain Jewel: First of all, thanks for having us on this interview! We love Homesteader’s Co-op and the community that is forming around it.

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Ini smiling with flowers of our favorite native, Paw Paw.

We created Mountain Jewel out of the inspiration of the abundance of the Earth – and how so many things of the earth like fruit, flowers, mushrooms and the interactions between all of the creatures really are jewel-like and should be honored and treasured as such. We want to highlight this in our increasingly earth-disconnected society. We’ve both been so touched by the Earth, we wanted to create a haven for this to be demonstrated so we could enjoy it and others can experience it. It’s also important to create sanctuaries for wildlife habitat and Mountain Jewel is this, too. It’s our goal to create perennial edible systems of abundance and diversity that really knock people’s socks off and which conjur up as Rumi says, that there are a million ways to kneel and kiss the ground! We’ve written quite a few articles on this topic and here are a few if people want to read further:
Our Journey to Becoming Homesteaders
Why We Homestead: Through Thick & Thin
Vision & Dreams Behind Mountain Jewel

SenorCoconut: I was just looking through your website, first of all, congratulations on your upcoming strawbale house build, I’m sure it will be tons of fun!!! Secondly, thank you for the mountain of free educational material on your blog. In relation to your natural medicines and plants found on HSCO’s marketplace, can you walk us through your thinking process and what kind of intentions you’ve set for these products? Feel free to talk about any other product or service you may be thinking of selling in the future.

Mountain Jewel: Thank you!! We are really excited about the build and it’s currently getting into full swing with the foundation of our straw bale home!

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Ini standing at the new house site on a ladder dreaming of the possibilities

With our homestead offerings, we again are showcasing and spreading the abundance of the Earth. All of our products are grown from the earth upon which we walk every day and many of them are self-replicating species that are naturally making more of themselves every year.

They are high vitality, nutritionally rich and easy to grow species (like berries, jerusalem artichokes & nettles) which we believe anyone can put in their backyard!

As our homestead expands and matures, so will our offerings. In fact, next weekend we’ll be vending at the Baker Creek Spring Planting Festival and selling berries galore (all of which naturally replicated themselves on our homestead), compost worms (again, reproducing like mad), among others. There is a theme here and it is that we do not live in a naturally scarce world, but we modern humans take part in an economy based upon scarcity. I believe it’s very healing to associate with things of the Earth that show us that this was not always the way and indeed isn’t the only way we must live upon this earth. Our products enable other people to grow these plants and enjoy and witness this abundance themselves.

SenorCoconut: I think we’ve agreed before that the pollution and destruction humanity creates, has put us on a dangerous path that seems to lead to human extinction, if we don’t change our ways “yesterday”. You guys obviously do a lot having an off grid homestead. If you don’t mind talking about it, Could you give us a couple examples of how you reduce your carbon footprint?

Mountain Jewel: You’re so right, we are not steering society in the right direction. This is a harsh reality that we have come to unerstand through study and experience and this has motivated us to be more concious in the ways we live out our lives.

We are ever mindful of the role that trees play in sequestering carbon, and about 15 acres of our land is and will continue to be woodland. This is important for more than just carbon cycles as it promotes and attracts a diversity of wildlife. In an area where it’s all too common to “slick off” (bulldoze) forests to create pastures that require inputs to maintain, preserving and tending a woodland is a powerful act.

We produce 100% renewable energy with solar panels. We didn’t want power companies making decisions for us, nor did we want to run generators so for the first 2 years we simply went without. Many of or tools (including a small chainsaw and strimmer) use battery power which allows us to manage and work on our proprety without petroluem inputs.

A major step we are actively taking is focusing on perennial agriculture. This means less soil distrubance, more carbon stored in the soil and more biomass sequestering carbon every year. Focusing on hardy adaptable species means less work for us and more ecosystem services that our land offers to the bioregion.

We seek to build with local, durable, and salvaged material whenever possibe to reduce the footproint our structures create in the production, transport, upkeep and disposal of these materials. In our upcoming house build, more that 90% of the wood is locally sourced from less than 20 miles away. This is in opposition to lumberyard wood that is grown in Canadian plantations and is dependent on chemicals and a large amount of fossil fuels that get it to consumers.

Our straw bales are grown locally (sequestering more carbon) and we will be protected by a combination of local subsoil (clay) and lime. Our building strategy is to build a stable, well insulated home with high thermal mass that won’t need much inputs in years to come. Build it once and build it right. We will also be harvesting and storing thousands of gallon of rain water harvested from the roof.

Obviously we are growing as much food as we can and eat almost 100% local meat from animals we’ve raised, bartered for or hunted. Our food purchaing choices are based on what is available locally, but we do certainly import organic staples.

Lastly is our effort to share our experiences, skills and knowledge with others so that more may live in alignement with Earth. We need all hands on deck here and the more information that is out there, the more opportunities we all have to create a better tomorrow.

SenorCoconut: Most I’ve talked with or heard speak of permaculture have their own “specialty”, something they like to practice more, something they’re better at. What do you think your favorite permaculture principles are and why?

Mountain Jewel: I agree, permaculture is such a broad ecosystem and most have a niche they fulfil. What comes up for me is always considering how one element can serve multiple funtions. When we plant or encourage “helper” plants like nitrogen fixers or dynamic accumulators, our choices are heavily influenced on how many functions each plant has. Take for instance the permaculture superstar comfrey. Not only does it accumulade a wide range of mineral in its leaves and stems, but it also is a great pollinator, invaluable medicince (for wounds, strains, bruises and broken bones), offers edible green for humans and animals and makes a great fertilizer. We are always finding ways to get as many uses out of the actions we take or elements we add into our systems.

We talk a lot about the principle of using small and slow solutions. Being an almost 100% human powered homestead, there are a lot of ways to appreciate this principle. No machines to dig for us, no tractors to plow, often no trucks to move loads of materials. We are thinking long term so we start small and set succession in motion, we (and others) will reap the rewards for years to come. A few clover seeds scattered before spring rains ripples into a much greater effect of improving soil, attracting pollinators and creating a permanent living mulch. Taking our tasks bit by bit make the mammoth task we are undertaking possible.

SenorCoconut: You have a wonderful internship program, giving people the opportunity to learn to care for a place like the one you’ve built. You’ve said that your homestead is dedicated to living in alignment with natural rhythms, calling it a Center for Earth Connection, can you please tell us more about what this means to you?

Mountain Jewel: What a great question! Yes! I brought this up a bit in the earlier questions and that is the notion of Remembering Abundance. There have been moments of pure joy when I am around the sheer abundance of the earth- think of a plant at maturity giving off thousands of seeds. Before that it was a beautiful flower in bloom and bees and other pollinators enjoyed it, and we did, too! When we align with these natural rhythms we can remember this for ourselves and embody it, sharing it with others and healing the wounds of scarcity – the fact that many humans work all of their lifeblood energy into making money to simply live upon this earth.

With increasing disconnection and basically “living on top of the earth” with the green “backdrop” of unknown plants, modern humans do well to learn the language of the earth once more. Through learning plants and differentiating that green backdrop a species at a time, through picking and eating a fresh fruit warmed by the sun, sleeping with the sounds of coyotes howling, frogs sounding, waking up to birdsong, breathing and drinking pure air and water, these are all connective activities and they balance out and heal our disconnection from the earth. We want to provide a space for people to do these things and remember what a delight it is to connect with the earth and how healing it is in its simplicity. That’s our Center for Earth Connection. Along with all of that, we practically teach the skills associated with Permaculture (how to live in connection with the earth; what patterns and activities are beneficial), Natural Building, Gardening, Perennial Agriculture, Wildcrafting and Foraging, Herbalism and more. We, as a species, once were very connected with the earth and these are tools to be connected once more. It’s an empowering lifelong process – one that brings much joy!

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Wren in the woods connecting with nature in New Mexico, one of our favorite places.

With the internship we are hoping on sharing some of the wonderul ways we can work with the Earth. We have both learned a lot from others and we believe there is no substitute for hands-on learning. The skills mentioned above are absolutely necessary for a sustainable society and more people need to embody them. As the homestead evolves, there will be more and more for folks to see, touch, taste and experiece and the goal is to feed souls through inspiration and empower through education.


I want to thank you for taking precious time out of your day to answer these questions, you make me dream… what I mean is that you confirm that my vision of creating a sustainability education center is possible (and not completely crazy 😲).

Education and empowerment are both really great aspects of your work on your homesteading journey. Lately I have been on a trip to reconnect with the earth and it’s been very eye opening, so I really love that you’re on that path and teaching others about it.

Thank you @Mountainjewel, for letting us have a peak into your life, your answers were more than inspiring to me 😁, the best of luck with everything you do and enjoy the strawbale house build!


For those of you who would like to look at her shop at HSCO here a quick link: Mountain Jewel!


Thank you so much for reading and stay tuned for next week’s featured vendor… Same time, same place!

@SenorCoconut

PS: Special thanks to @Riverflows for the graphics on that first image at the top of the post 💚 and of course @Homesteaderscoop for being an awesome community!

Homesteaders – Living Naturally, Newsletter. 15th May 2019

Welcome back to another newsletter. For all those who celebrated Mother’s Day over the weekend, I hope you had a lovely one, whether it was being pampered by your children (human or not) or spending quality time with your own mothers.

Things happening in the community.

Have you ever thought of selling your ethically produced products? Here’s how the Homesteaders Co-op has been going these last few months with getting sales for its vendors. It’s a community effort which is blossoming.

It looks like it’s been a while since @pennsif has had a chance to update on the @altlife account. He’s been busy with work on the promotion and reporting of what is happening on the Steem blockchain. Thank you @pennsif for all your hard work in this area.

The @ecotrain is as busy as always. The last challenge on making use of waste and abundance has closed with a round up of all the posts. A perfect place to get lots of ideas on dealing with those excesses. The new Question of the Week is now in motion and entries can be made until 22nd May.

@naturalmedicine‘s fortnightly challenge is still open until 17th May, so if you were planning on an entry, there is still time.

Also, For the Love of Comments is still open for entries until Friday. This time there are chances of prizes for all, no matter what your SP is. The delegation prize will still go to someone with less than 500 SP, so if you know anyone who deserves it (yourself included), drop a comment on the post.

Welcoming Newcomers

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I’m excited to introduce @omnivori, who arrived on Steem last month. They have a website and produce grubs for pet food. If you can stomach the idea, they are looking into food-grade grubs for people consumption too! I hope you can find some time to look at what they are doing and give their latest post some love.

Some highlights of the week

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Bokashi composting seems to be getting quite popular lately. If you’re wanting to learn more about this composting method @dynamicgreentk will help out with his post here.

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Sometimes as growers of food plants, we can forget that flowers play an important role too. @lizziesworld tells us a bit about how useful alyssum can be in the vegetable garden.

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@cryptohustlin is starting a conversation on intentional communities. Something I think many readers might find interesting or have some thoughts to contribute to.

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@homesteadhippy is at it again with a tempting strawberry glazed scone recipe.

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

Sustainable, Handmade, Ethical Products – 13th May 2019

Featuring sustainable products and ethical services from https://homesteaderscoop.com

Support individuals and families who care about sustainability and leaving a healthier planet to our children’s children!


Lavender Dream Pillow – Cheerful Mushrooms

Lavender Dream Pillow – Cheerful Mushrooms

This generously sized sachet is filled with dried lavender harvested from our gardens in later summer 2018. No fillers or other additives, just pure natural lavender. Herb filled Sachets are an old fashioned way to naturally scent and freshen closed spaces. Tuck this lavender sachet into a drawer, closet, suitcase or vehicle and enjoy the calming aroma of lavender every time you open that space. For a peaceful sleep tuck a sachet underneath your pillow. Benefits: Lavender is naturally… ###

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Walkerland

Wildcrafted Natural Creations from the Walkerland Homestead

New Brunswick, Canada

Lavender Dream Pillow – Cheerful Mushrooms

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Earthship Chronicles – EBook:

Earthship Chronicles – EBook:

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… ###

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Alex leeor

Making this world a better place

United Kingdom, United Kingdom (UK)

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Hand dyed shibori wall-hanging

Hand dyed shibori wall-hanging

Hand made and hand dyed wall-hanging, deep blue and white shibori style. I used a nice, quite thick recycled cotton and it’s mounted on bambu. Approx. 52x40cm, 20×15 inch. It weighs around 50 grams. ###

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Weave To Empower

Womens Co Op creating natural and sustainable products off-grid

Granada, Spain

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HSCO Featured Vendor of the Week | Meet “Elamental Earth”.

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Hello, it’s @SenorCoconut once again,

Today, we’re asking a few questions to reflect the ethics and ideologies of one vendor at HSCO: Elamental Earth (@ElAmental on steemit)!

Building a community is about clear communication and the willingness to support one another. As Homesteaders Co-op grows, we must keep in mind that the complexity and diversity of its moving parts may also expand, so here we are helping this free market stay running smooth together.

We found it essential for the good of everyone to highlight the vendors of the HSCO market place. Wouldn’t be nice to know the individuals and families offering their goods and services a little more?

Every week vendors are featured on the web site. As a community, we thought that every week, we should feature these vendors here on the Steem blockchain (@HomesteadersCoop) to give everyone that much more exposure.


It takes a village to raise a child, because when people help eachother life is easier for everyone involved.


This interview a bit differently as it is in video format.. yeah DTube!!!! But for those of you who aren’t into watching videos I have highlighted and paraphrased @ElAmental‘s answers below.

Without further ado, here are a few question I’ve conjured up… let’s meet Elamental Earth: Click pic or link below to play

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Question 1 (0:30 sec):
Tribe, Music, Earth Deeds, Gardening and I see a lot of art coming from you too. Can you tell us what drives you to create so much?

Tapping into esoteric realm for ispiration, I have been creative since a young age… once it’s time to create, it’s time to cteate!

Question 2 (4:30 min):
Looking through your steemit blog one can see you care tremendously for our planet. In your store bio at homesteaders co-op, there’s mention of your products being created using the most eco-friendly processes available, can you explain to the audience why this is important to you please?

We use organic unbleached cotton… and soon we’ll use hemp. We must know the importance of herbal dyes because we are transdermal creatures.

Leading by example, creating in ways that aren’t damaging to the planet, the community or the people that are interacting with the products.

I want there to be nothing but positive energy influence and substance into all my creations.

Question 3 (7:20 min):
I would like to talk a little bit about Earth deeds. It seems to be an initiative that can influence a lot of people to be more eco-friendly. Could you tell us about what “Earth Deeds” is to you? How did it come to fruition and perhaps what were your intentions when it all started?

The idea of #Earthdeeds started when I was fixing a flat tire, using a plug. The point was to avoid the “trickle down domino effect” of the factory fabricating a new tire when this one can be fixed instead of being discarded.

Posting about the things we do to help the environment influences others to report on what they do to save the earth.

The ultimate goal for #Earthdeeds is to increase the planet healing effect of what you’re already doing for Earth.

Question 4 (11:20 min):
I’ve seen some wonderful “how to” videos on growing cannabis, you make it look easy. As the world is slowly getting out of thinking this topic is taboo, can you please inform us on how cannabis (under its many different forms) can change our world? What kind of environmental impact could it have?

Growing cannabis is more difficult than it seems, there’s a lot to know and it is recommended to apprentice under a “Master Grower”.

“Backyard Cannabis” is a series that was started recently and it is a sort of a “growing for dummies” video guide.

Hemp to reverse the green house effect and save the wolrd by Jack Hairer, explains the whole idea behind hemp and how it could benefit the planet.

In short hemp/cannabis can save the world.

Question 5 (19:20 min):
You’ve used the term “eco-conscious practitioner“, can you tell us what that is and how it reflects to your everyday life?

It’s about living a life and having daily actions that are allined with environmental activism.

I don’t litter and sometimes I intentionally go out to pick up trash, I recycle.

Money from returned bottles goes into a water tree to have a reverse osmosis 9 stage remineralised water.

Being an eco practitioner simply means living your life in the best way possible that helps the earth. Being aware of how your everyday life effects the environmen, improving the effects and decreasing your carbon foot print.


We don’t have to change the whole world, start with our own world…. once a lot of people’s world change they wil connect and we will change the whole world!

@ElAmental


I may have buchered that last thing you said in the video a little but that’s what I got out of it and I do believe it is true, the most important change starts right at home!!!

Thank you for taking this inteview, it was great to have a peak into your life. You are definitely a Eco Warrior… I know a lot of people talk the talk, but judging from your blog and everything you do with Erth Tribe and Erth Deeds we can also see that you walk the walk too!!!

Keep up the good fight…


Please do have a look at what @ElAmental is doing, through his blog and if you like to have eco-concious items in your wardrobe do have a look at his HSCO Shop

Thank you for reading and/or watching, I sincerely hope you found some inspiration for sustainability 💚. Have a good day and untill next time…

Homesteaders – Living Naturally, Newsletter. 8th May 2019

This week feels like it’s been quieter than usual on the posting front. Perhaps it’s getting busy in the real world for homesteaders and gardeners. Whatever you’re all doing, I hope you are fruitful!

Things happening in the community.

Well, @naturalmedicine certainly seems busy at the moment, so if the activity is low in your feed, perhaps see what they are up to. There is @musing, meditating, contest giveaways and much more.

@ecotrain has a new popup question and there is still a little time to get entries in for the abundance/waste challenge.

In regular contests, we have @wildhomesteading‘s weekly challenge for sharing how you’ve been gardening while working with nature.

Welcoming Newcomers

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A new arrival at the beginning of this year was @sappergardener, who has posted again after a long break. I hope we continue to see more from them.

Some highlights of the week

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First up @digitaldan teaches us a bit about leatherworking in this step by step on how he made a knife sheath.

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@sagescrub have been adding spring flowers to their gardens. I never realised what an amazing choice of unusual flowers there are for adding some colours to the garden as it comes out of winter.

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@byronmushrooms give some simple, yet effective tips on giving cuttings the best possible chances of rooting when placed directly in the ground.

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From @jennimorrillo comes a sweet/salty dish of Creole Cheesecake. Now I just need to figure out what Creole cheese is.

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