Category: Gardening

Challenge Winners: What are you doing to claim food sovereignty for yourself or your community, and why?

I was really delightfully surprised to see how many people came out to chime in with their thoughts on the Challenge: What are you doing to claim food sovereignty for yourself or your community, and why? With this amount of interest I am inspired to open up new challenges from time to time around the theme of freedom and resilience.

I sure did learn a lot and came away very inspired to see real examples of what can be done to accomplish food sovereignty for families and communities with a good plan, some hard work and a lot of love.

Incredible! We had 12 entries sharing lots of wisdom and inspiration about food sovereignty.

It was extra hard to choose the winners of this contest because there were so many amazing entries!! But alas I narrowed it down to the following three:

1st Place: @wildhomesteading

Your post My Response to – Challenge: What are you doing to claim food sovereignty for yourself or your community, and why? was really telling of your knowledge, hard work to build food sovereignty for your family, and your willingness and dedication to invite your local community to learn with you, as well as dedicating yourself to teaching online. I’ve transferred your 10 STEEM winnings to your wallet. Congratulations!

One of my current sites used to be a homestead but was abandoned years ago – now I’m restoring it for wildlife habitat. But there are a lot of old and amazing fruit trees growing wild on the property. The above picture is one of these trees.

This site will be opened to the public in the future as part of what we are calling the Inspiring Kids Preserve. It will be a place for kids, families and the community in general to come and learn and reconnect with nature.

But I also want them to connect with the idea of growing their own food.

So to help with that we have teamed up with a local fruit tree group to run free workshops to teach people how to prune and take care of their own fruit trees by practicing on our wild fruit trees.

Apple tree

2nd Place: @ligayagardener

You really outdid yourself with two entries to this challenge! Part 1 and Part 2. Number of entries aside, your dedication to your family’s food soveriengty is impressive. Supporting already 60% of your family’s diet, despite a small growing space, and increasing every year is quite a feat. I was especially impressed by your willingness to share your time with your community to build spaces to share food, knowledge, inspiration and community resilience. Great going @ligayagardener! I’ve transferred your 5 STEEM winnings to your wallet. Congratulations!

I got the first ‘Grow Free’ cart established in Gawler and that lead to 4 more being started These carts are part of a rapidly growing movement and are for folks to leave and take produce as needed. If you have surplus, you leave it. If you are in need, you take. It’s a really simple Idea that works.

We are part of the local Saturday morning food share. This is where like minded folk catch up every week or when they can and we swap and give any excess from our gardens. Really, anything garden related is OK at these swaps.


Until last year, when the trees weren’t big enough, we got about 20% of our food needs from the garden, mostly through annual plants . This year, it’s about 60% as the trees and bushes are beginning to yield and we have made the small, experimental aquaponics system into a big one. Even with the big extension to the aquaponics, that only adds a bit less than 10 square metres to the equation but it does allow paved and fence space to by utilized.


3nd Place: @riverflows

I was personally really drawn to your post A Revolution in Dirt and Seeds: Answering @Sagescrub’s Challenge on What We Can Do to Increase Our Food Sovereignty, but I also believe your words have the potential to inform and inspire many others. I appreciated the bit of history and culture that you opened with. It was really beautiful to know how you have generously shared your time and effort with your community to inspire and empower them to garden for community resilience. Great work @riverflows! I’ve transferred your 5 STEEM winnings to your wallet. Congratulations!

I live in a rural area that was once a big wool production area and at the edge of a wheatbelt too. There’s a lot of farming folk around here, but there’s also a lot of people with small acreages or at least big blocks of land where they have the capability of growing food for their own table. It’s been fantastic to share inspiration, seeds, plants and knowledge, and we’ve been having monthly food swaps. So succesful has this been that the town over from us has started their own group and also do swap meets, and many members are in both groups.


Keep scrolling for the rest of the wonderful entries to this challenge. Thank you everyone for contributing your time and thoughts on this subject!


by @papa-pepper

After some reflection and contemplation, I decided to record an attempt at a coherent ramble, so hopefully it worked and people will understand what I’m up to and why. Basically, I believe that there is much wisdom in taking control of things as precious as your own food supply, and much of what is considered to be “food” is becoming increasingly compromised. Here, we want to first of all do it ourselves, and in the process, encourage, inspire, educate, and equip others to do the same. (I cover more in the vlog below.)


Food sovereignty, how we participate.

by @warfsterveld

Now after years of trial, error and lots of learning we grow most of our food ourselfs. Still there is always more knowlegde and skills out there and that is a great asset as well. Once you’ve grown that tomato plant you will eat so much that you don’t know what to do with it anymore. That is when you start you first skill: canning. Nowadays besides canning we also make bread and cheese quite regularly. However my favorite crop of all remains the potato.


Eco-$aver Potlucks


Our food is a primordial connection to all things. It is one of our biggest expenses and can be a huge stress on our health, environment and quality of life. Let’s use these insights to build stronger and greener communities. Here’s how it works. Find a few friends, the more the better.


Is Food Sovereignty Possible in a Harsh Climate?

by @minismallholding

At the moment we have mains water and access to chicken feed. We are able to supply ourselves with eggs, most of our fruit and vegetables when in season and some meat. All our herbs come from the garden and excess is shared with neighbours. It’s not much, but it is a way of reaching out to the community and making those connections. For such an introvert, I was actually quite surprised to realise that I now know more of the people on our street than some of our chattier neighbours.

Community is essential when things get hard so cultivating that is important for me. Most of my neighbours aren’t particularly interested in growing their own food, but the fact that we are doing it has started a seed of thought within some of them.


A Challenge: What are you doing to claim food sovereignty for yourself or your community, and why? My Response…

by @porters

We have coal oil lamps and the oil to go in it plus we do have a small solar system set up on our camperized van which we could bring to the house if needed.
Sad to say, but we have prepared for the internet no longer being available, which it very well could be, with a good library of books and music plus a tight local community.

We have a good supply of grains and seeds, pulses and rice in a storage room that keeps cool and dry.
We know how to cook things from scratch, can and preserve our foods and have a diet that we are happy with and are not reliant on the stores to maintain it.

This past year we took our gardening one step further and began our indoor gardening project.

Indoor Gardening

The (non)Violent Gardener: My Feeble Attempts at Food Sovreignty

by @nateonsteemit

Our efforts here to establish our own food forest and a tree-guild-based sharing garden are just the start. A big part of the sharing garden is going to be my marketing attempts to spread information about permaculture and home food production to everyone I am blessed enough to serve. When people come to pick berries and food, I’m going to greet them with a hug (I’m a hugger) and a small book or brocure of permaculture information.


Homesteaderscoop Challenge: What are you doing to claim food sovereignty for yourself or your community, and why? Stanmr’s entry

by @stanmr

Food security is something I’ve been working on for years now. I guess we always think about taking care of our own first. Food sovereignty is a newer concept for me. I’m the kind of person that usually thinks, I can do this all on my own. It was part of why I became interested in gardening in the first place. I used to dream about feeding my large family from our little garden plot. We ended up with a few good meals in the summer. Or sometimes we were able to supplement some peppers and tomato’s for part of a meal. Then a big haul of winter squash and other end of the season bounty. I was content with that for many years but was, and still am concerned with how much we put in the pantry every fall. How to stretch the growing season. Or how to convince my children to eat healthier.


HomeSteadersCoop Challenge: Salt sovereignty for myself, my community, and my Queen…Why?

by @yestermorrow

Which all the furor about various means of attaining food for all people’s, and caring for your community in the centuries to come after Lili takes her revenge upon mankind… Nobody seems to be speaking about Salt…

I won’t go into the particulars of it, (in fact, you should ask the folks @steemstem) but salt is an absolute necessity for all Earthly Life.. If even the children of Mama Evie need it, then you can damn well bet that Aunt Lili’s children need it… It’s just physics… If you had access to every possible resource, but no salt… You would die…

Normally, Salt is harvested from the Sea… It’s quite easy to get it from there, and nobody even makes a fuss about it anymore… But inland.. Folks who don’t have access to salt-water, need take a different approach. How does one manufacture table salt with no Sea-Water?

A Garden Made of STEEM: Opportunities in a Decentralized Space!

It’s here, we can finally grow food, powered by cryptocurrency!


The image above is from the Botanic Garden in Brooklyn back in the spring of 2018.

A currency depends on movement to sustain itself. It needs to be passed around from hand to hand so that it may function as something trusted to hold value. STEEM and SBD for example, mean absolutely nothing if they cannot be exchanged for something else. Yes of course as it stands right now, you can purchase FIAT currencies and many different Crypto-currencies through various exchanges, but what if we could acquire the things we need directly with our beloved Steem coins?

It is time to think about our economic freedom.

As our world seems to be slowly unraveling like an old sweater and we gain more ability to connect with like-minded people across the whole planet, we can learn to become independent or we can follow the masses, do nothing and wait for that brick wall.

If we chose independence, we can learn from one another to become self reliant and while this digital grid keeps us all together, we can achieve freedom from bank fees and waiting times to exchange the goods and services we are looking for.

The best part of it is that our political stance doesn’t matter in this space, all we have to do is follow our passions. Crypto-currency can be an extremely valuable tool for reaching economic freedom. It that can really save both entrepreneurs and consumers the many headaches that come with banks and regulations. Transactions become cheaper and cleaner… no greedy middle men involved!

This makes me think of Agorism, a term I have only heard recently but a term I hear more and more. Here it is in a few words, from wikipedia:

Agorism is a libertarian social philosophy that advocates creating a society in which all relations between people are voluntary exchanges by means of counter-economics, thus engaging with aspects of peaceful revolution.

With that being said, I am happy to announce my second time purchasing something with Crypto directly (I know it’s a small step but a step none the less)!!!


This year’s garden will be partially made of STEEM!!!! I am so happy, it’s a very exciting step in the adoption of cryptocurrency. Thank you for this abundance of seeds @sagescrub, I will enjoy growing this garden in a different way this time!

While I still plan on re-wildling last year’s tomatoes, I would also like to try new things…

I’d like to end this post by saying that homesteading and self reliance extends passed the walls of our homes and gardens. Sure we can barter, but know that bartering is just another currency. If the day comes, when exchanging a grown pig for carpentry work becomes too troublesome, be educated in the exchange procedures of crypto, you never know!

In hopes to on-board new crypto enthusiasts, I wish you all a happy day…


Pepper Family Homestead Offers Seeds and Handmade Goods

@papa-pepper family homestead has joined Homesteaders Co-op. It is very special to see the entire family, kids included, in the homesteading activities with big smiles on their faces. It is so exciting to see the kids contributing to an effort if self sufficiency both in terms of food but also income.


I am excited to see that they are offering seeds for sale to gardeners in the United States. Pepper family homestead has put a lot of love and effort into growing and saving their own seeds over the years. They go to great lengths to ensure quality in the seeds that they offer first by choosing only seeds of plants that offer great value and joy into their lives and second by offering only seeds that pass their germination tests.


@Pepper Family Homestead is offering more than seeds! They are already starting to offer some of their handmade knit items. You can pick up colorful knit scrunchies made by the oldest daughter of the Pepper family. There will be various other items for sale throughout the year including artwork and decor.

@papa-pepper now accepts USD, STEEM and SBD for seeds and handmade goods!

Consider supporting the Pepper Family Homestead by purchasing some quality seeds that will bring your family joy in the garden 🙂

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

After having a personal exodus out of the rat race, Papa-pepper and family moved out into the Ozark Mountains in an attempt to drop the cost of living in order to increase the quality of life. By growing more of our own food, we not only decrease the grocery bill, but we have a trustworthy, healthy source of nourishment for our family.

We want to not only raise our children up to understand how the natural world works, but also to inspire others to live a life that is more connected to the real world.

We have been saving our own seeds for years now, and often never have to purchase them again. Even the smallest of our children like to help in the entire process from planting the original seeds to saving some for the next generation of crops. It is our hope that you will be able to do the same and grow food for years to come.

You can browse @papa-pepper products at:

@papa-pepper is based out of Arkansas, USA and ships within the United States! (Homesteaders Co-op is an international marketplace and our vendors are worldwide)

Ordering With Homesteaders Co-op: Part 3

Hey y’all, Nate again, here to wrap up the summary of ordering my blackberries from @mountainjewel on Homesteaders Co-op!

Winter being here and the days becoming unnoticably longer, we’re planning bigly for spring. One of my most anticipated plantings will be the blackberry bushes that arrived in the mail today!


I noticed yesterday that Wren from @mountainjewel had tried to email me a while back and ask what variety I preferred. I haven’t checked my email in about two months, and am lucky she contacted me on discord. Melissa (my wife) specified the sweeter variety, Triple Crown. Wren also graciously included a fifth plant, a Chester variety to add a bit of biodiversity that all permies love.


Five blackberry bushes! I had planned on four, and decided on locations for two. Guess I need to make up my mind, huh?

The contents also included some sunchokes. Four tubers of two varieties from their own garden that they said they’d send after reading my Permaculture Playing Cards post on sunchokes a few weeks back. The varieties are Pink Crispy and Lola sunchokes, and we’re very excited to put them in the soil. Melissa for the pretty flowers, and me for the food!


Woo, what abundant blessings from their permaculture homestead to ours. And all for just a 25 or so SBD.

I have said it before, and I suppose I’ll say it again: ordering on Homesteaders Co-op is a breeze. And now, @sagescrub has added USD compatibility with PayPal for those vendors who choose to also accept fiat currency.

I couldn’t be happier with my second order from @mountainjewel with the Co-op and I hope others are able to order soon and support this movement as well.

Be blessed.
Be fruitful.
Stay relevant.



Where the heck is a soapmaker?

I’ll be back soon with a big idea. Co-op community involvement is about to go through the roof, y’all be sure to follow and stick around 😉

@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.

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 ( ) 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


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:


Learn more about The Little Worm Farm:


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