Category: Global Community

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!

Thistleworks Designs – Offering quality handmade items where beauty meets functionality; with a few items of whimsy thrown in just for fun.

I love seeing @thistle-rock‘s store because her offerings are as diverse and unique as her personality, which is full of joy and vibrancy! Her store already has quite a few products but I do believe she has more products of different sorts that will be added in the future so follow her and keep an eye out!

@thistle-rock is a crafter, sewer, knitter, artist, and the list goes on and on! As she says she is a jack of all trades and I love that she does not confine herself or her products, and instead lets the creativity flow! She is currently offering downloadable coloring pages, handmade and sewn apron, tea cozy, placemat and tea towels.

In addition, @thistle-rock offers graphic design services. Specifically she is offering to help you layout your next book that you want to self publish!

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@thistle-rock now accepts STEEM, SBD and USD for handmade items, coloring pages, graphic design services and more!

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

I have always considered myself a jack of many arts, master of none, for my interests are many and I am not content to play with only one medium.

From bird houses to painted rocks, home decor to clothing, purses and placemats, aprons and tea towels, colouring books, colouring pages, and more, I invite you to browse my wares, you just might find what you are looking for right here.

I love colour, it sets my blood to tingling. Colour draws me in, captivates me. Whether it be paint, fabric or thread, it whets my appetite and the urge to create burns like a fire within.

I paint, sew, build, mold, draw, design and do needlework…. it is for this reason my arts will always be unique; it is for this reason, you will find the shelves of Thistleworks Designs filled with an eclectic mix of offerings.

You can browse @thistle-rock‘s products at: Thistleworks Designs online shop

@thistle-rock is based out of Canada and ships internationally! (Homesteaders Co-op is an international marketplace)

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Learn more about Thistleworks Designs and browse their products: https://homesteaderscoop.com/store/thistleworks/

silvia beneforti offers artworks and handmade products for a nice lifestyle

We are happy to have the talented artist @silviabeneforti join our international marketplace with handmade artwork, products and printable (downloadable) toys. Downloadable, printable toys are genius and darling! A perfect gift for kids or the child in yourself 😉

I can describe her style as whimsical, cute, gentle, fun, friendly, peaceful and warm. Her artwork is bound to bring joy into your life! 

I really appreciate Silvia bringing lessons her family taught her about sustainability into her life and her work. Aside from growing much of her own food Silvia strives for minimal waste, including using recycled materials, when possible, in her artwork and products.

I personally believe this is the direction we should all be heading and challenging ourselves and our friends to find creative ways to be more sustainable. Bravo Silvia!

@silviabeneforti now accepts STEEM, SBD and USD for artworks and handmade products

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

Since I was a child my family has the habit to try to make a positive impact on the environment, because we lived in a small village between many forest where everyone knew how important is to take care of the environment. Now I live in a small city in Tuscany (in the center of Italy), a small green area where everyone can easely lives taking care on the Nature around us. Simple actions that help to make our world better day by day. For example, since I was a child, in my family we have the habit to reduce the trash in different way: we buy just durable things (no throwaway plates and forks, for example), to re-use and recycle the most part of the things. Thanks to my father who has a large garden, we can eat veggies all the years, our own veggies. I use a similar approach also in the most part of my creative works, for example I love to recycle the cardboard boxes to give them a new life in form of sculptures or like a surface to paint. In my shop you’ll find some of my artworks inspiring by animals (paintings on paper or little sculptures), some of my handmade pocket journals featuring my own illustration and a lot of different things, all of them made by my hand in my own lab-house and using different materials I find in my area.

You can browse @silviabeneforti‘s products at: Homesteaders Co-op

@silviabeneforti is based out of Tuscany, Italy and ships internationally! (Homesteaders Co-op is an international marketplace)

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Learn more about silvia beneforti and browse her products: https://homesteaderscoop.com/store/vumap/

Steem Communities Teaming Up – Promotional Video and Onboarding Steemians

A lot of positive ideas, activities and acts of generosity have been popping up around Homesteaders Co-op this last week. Among which we have been blessed with the love and generosity shown to us by our big sister community @naturalmedicine, led by @riverflows.

Those of us steemians that have been around for a while know that one of the reasons many of us stay in steem is because of our communities, aka tribes. Steem allows us to freely and naturally form and group together in tribes, satisfying one of our basic human needs.

Onboarding and Communities

One of our goals in Homesteaders Co-op, and also outlined in our Fundition project plan, is onboarding new steem members via Homesteaders Co-op. Now that we have a solid base in our online marketplace technology we are shifting gears to put more emphasis into marketing and onboarding via our community co-op.

In our last fundition update we spoke about our new logo design by @frejafri (vendor in our community marketplace and talented illustrator) who helped us create this design that will part of our first impression to steem and the rest of the world! This branding is crucial in crafting an image for our marketplace of steem humans.

Following the design of our new logo, @riverflows stepped in to create a video to promote our Homesteaders Co-op both within steem but also outside of steem. Being a contributing author of the Homesteaders Co-op blog and closely connected with many of our vendors, she is very aware of our co-op’s mission, qualities and ethics.

@crosheille describes the video:

Wow this video gave me an emotional high, like seriously! Seeing all of the beautiful, natural homegrown and homemade items almost got me teary eyed. THIS is what we need more of. Knowing I can go to a marketplace to buy wholesome things for my family just makes acquiring Steem and Sbd even more worthwhile! @homesteaderscoop is gonna change the game! I hope everyone gets with it and joins in to support their efforts!

This is the type of reaction that steemians are having when they see our new promotional video, this is the type of reaction folks have when they get to know Homesteaders Co-op’s vision, mission and ethics.

This video says it all

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@riverflows is a crucial member of Homesteaders Co-op community and she is the leader of @naturalmedicinecommunity. It is really perfect actually that both Homesteaders Co-op and Natural Medicine came together in the production of this video.

To have this video made as a result of two communities connecting, reciprocating, sharing, inspiring and gifting one another creates a positive intention which we can carry forward.

The intention of love is imbued in this video and will carry forward in our message to the world. And this is the message that we want to send to folks about our favorite communities on steem.

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An International Steem Marketplace for Sustainable Goods 🌍 💚

Our marketplace is inspired by blockchain, and like Steem, our marketplace has no borders.

Homesteaders Co-op is an International marketplace of vendors accepting STEEM, SBD (and USD) for handmade and sustainable goods.

Borderless Marketplace

Vendors in 8 Countries and counting.
Shop wherever you want.

Free Marketplace

Vendors are not charged fees or commissions.
STEEM Payments are peer-to-peer.
HSCO is not a financial middleman.

Ethical Marketplace

Customers and vendors care about environment, community and sustainability.
Humans first. Profit second.

Visit: https://homesteaderscoop.com

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An International Marketplace

Customers from any country can shop here

Customers can have the freedom to shop from vendors in their own country or around the world!

Vendors from any country can vend in Homesteaders Co-op

Vendors have the freedom to ship to any country they wish. Whether it is just domestically within their own country, to just a few select countries or anywhere internationally!

This means there are more options for customers and vendors

Shopping Internationally

This is what international shopping looks like on Homesteaders Co-op. We just finished building a new feature that allows shoppers to be able to browse products by country.

There are two options:

  • Browse by country that vendor ships from
    Because you may want to shop for products that ship from your country only.
  • Browse by countries that vendors ship to
    Because you may want to shop for products that ship to your country from anywhere else.
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8 Countries and Counting

Homesteaders Co-op has 20 vendors in 8 countries with nearly 150 products accepting STEEM and SBD. Many also accept USD. More vendors are interested to join or are in the process of setting up their stores.

Do you see your country represented below?

If you answer no, we hope you will let your favorite sustainable, handmade, homesteader vendors know that you want to see them in Homesteaders Co-op with their handmade/eco-conscious products for STEEM / SBD / USD!


Australia – #teamaustralia

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The Little Worm Farm by @quochuy

Taking you to your vermicomposting success
Visit my store

Browse products sold by vendors in Australia


Bulgaria

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b & g handmade by @bghandmade and @bobydimitrov

We are a family of four, fond of nature and all things handmade!
Visit my store

Browse products sold by vendors in Bulgaria


Canada

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Walkerland by @walkerland

Wildcrafted Herbs & Gifts
Visit my store

Browse products sold by vendors in Canada


Denmark

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FireFly Creations by @frejafri

Arts and Crafts from the Forest
Visit my store

Browse products sold by vendors in Denmark


Spain

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Celestial Creations by @celestialcow

Handmade Art & Jewelry
Visit my store

UndaNatural by @purplemoon

Natural Lovemade Cosmetics from an ecovillage
Visit my store

Weave To Empower by @trucklife-family

Womens Co Op creating natural and sustainable products off-grid
Visit my store

Browse products sold by vendors in Spain


Netherlands

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Viggi Handmade by @irenethemachine

Handmade zipper pouches. 20 trees are planted for every item purchased!
Visit my store

Browse products sold by vendors in Netherlands


Portugal

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drapis by @drapis

Traditional, sustainable beekeeping. Stubborn resistance to chemicals or pesticides. Success measured by number of healthy colonies, not by honey kg.
Visit my store

Browse products sold by vendors in Portugal


United States (US)

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Bees by Prof. Bromide by @professorbromide

Seasonal Honey, Wax, Propolis, Pollen, and other hive products
Visit my store

Eagle Medicine, LLC by @eaglespirit

Native American Natural Medicine
Visit my store

ELAmental Earth by @ELAmental

Sharing Conscious Creations and Wisdom for Worldwide Symbiosis. Harness Natural Energy, Reduce Waste, Heal, and be Happy.
Visit my store

Fleming Family Farm by @flemingfarm

We are a small family farm that primarily grows snap beans and summer squash for sale through LINC Foods Co-op in Spokane Washington.
Visit my store

Idyllwild by @sagescrub

Homegrown and Handmade Dried Flower Arrangements
Visit my store

Kelly Moody by @ofsedgeandsalt

a nomadic apothecary
Visit my store

Mountain Jewel by @mountainjewel

Permaculture Homestead Offering Organic Homegrown Tinctures
Visit my store

Pepper Family Homestead by @papa-pepper

Enjoying a simple, connected life together!
Visit my store

Seeds of Abundance by @sagescrub

Seeds for natural gardeners, urban homesteaders and permaculturalists.
Visit my store

The Gentle Soul by @sagescrub

Hand Dyed Textiles
Visit my store

TheTinkerTribe by @makinstuff

I wish to spread products that support individual resiliency.
Visit my store

Browse products sold by vendors in United States

UndaNatural – Natural Lovemade Skincare, Cosmetics from an ecovillage in Spain

@purplemoon has opened a store called UndaNatural on Homesteaders Co-op. UndaNatural is offering handmade skincare, sunscreen and cosmetics made in an eco-village in Granada, Spain and shipping worldwide! In fact UndaNatural is part of the Weave to Empower single mother women’s co-op that our very own @trucklifefamily also belongs to!

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UndaNatural’s products are made with natural ingredients and lots of love and care are put into each one. @purplemoonlives her ethics in an off-grid ecovillage and makes an effort to have little impact on the earth in her life and business and follows a zero waste philosophy as much as possible, and also supporting local and handmade when possible.

@purplemoon now accepts STEEM, SBD and USD for Natural Cosmetics, Sunscreen and Skincare

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

Single mum, living off grid in an eco village in Southern Europe, with a big passionate for natural cosmetics and aroma therapy. It all started 5 years ago, when my kid was born and I decided we will only use natural products for our skin 🙂

All the ingredients from UNDA NATURAL are natural and most of them are organic and ecocert certified. The oils and butters are virgin, unrefined and cold pressed. Some of the plants I collect on my own (calendula, chamomile, carrot, lavender, arnica, aloe vera) and the others that don’t grow around, I buy from safe sources (shea butter, coconut oil, etc). Some of the floral waters I use for the moisturizing are local made from a small farm in northern Romania (rose, lavender, basil water). I choose to use glass recipient for protecting the environment. The only compromise I made is for the sunscreen, that comes in the fantastic recyclable plastic, a very handy to use bottle that ensures that no sand will go inside. Everything is handmade with lots of love and care inside. Enjoy! 🙂

You can browse @purplemoon products at: Homesteaders Co-op

@purplemoon is based out of Granada, Spain and ships internationally! (Homesteaders Co-op is an international marketplace)

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Learn more about UndaNatural and browse their products: https://homesteaderscoop.com/store/undanatural/

FireFly Creations – Arts and Crafts from the Forest

I am really glad that @frejafri has joined Homesteaders Co-op with her beautiful illustrations, artwork and crafts! Her illustrations are playful, dreamy and fun. I really enjoy that much of her work has a nature theme or element.

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@frejafri is roadsteading – or homesteading on the road – but has recently co-purchased land and plans to start a homestead and eco village with friends and community! Her store already displays many creative products including art pieces, hand drawn stickers, custom designed notebooks, custom coloring pages and more. She has mentioned that she has many more products in she will be uploading to Homesteaders Co-op in the future, so follow @frejafri and keep an eye out for updates!

@frejafri now accepts STEEM, SBD as well as USD for Hand Illustrated and Art and Handmade Crafts!

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

I am an artist and a mother of a 4-year old boy, who has spend the last couple of years on the road, living from my art and music and “roadsteading” – harvesting and processing wild plants and trading for produce on farms on the way.

Now I have just bought my own land with some friends and family – a 12 hectare piece of land with 2500m2 of old buildings in a forest on the Danish island Bornholm! We are working on restoring the buildings and create an eco village on this amazing, big plot of land! I hope to soon be able to include products from the land in my shop!

Until then my shop will consist of handmade arts and crafts – custom artworks like portraits and illustrations, handbound notebooks, postcards, stickers, coloring books and posters!

I try as much as possible to use recycled materials, because I have been a recycler and anti consumer from childhood!

When I buy paper for my creations, I always go for recycled paper or paper made from algae or other sustainable sources, but I also make my own paper from old paper and plant fibres.

You can browse @frejafri‘s products at: FireFly Creations on Homesteaders Co-op

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

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Learn more about FireFly Creations and browse her products: https://homesteaderscoop.com/store/fireflycreations/

Calling Aussie Homesteaders!

Hey all, it’s @riverflows here, posting from southern Victoria, Australia. I’ve got a 5 acre block near the SurfCoast, enough to grow lots of vegetables and fruit trees, and a six pack of chooks. One of the most fascinating things for me since I’ve been on Steemit is the#homesteaders and #ghsc tags where I’ve read so much amazing stuff about homesteaders in America and all the amazing things they do to as self sufficient as possible. I’d love to meet more Aussie homesteaders here on Steemit – there’s a small handful I know about, but I’m sure there’s more of you making, creating and growing on your land, whether it’s urban homesteading or rural.

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Being isolated by distance, it’s hard for us Aussies to get stuff shipped out here, unless we’re willing to pay postage. That’s why I was so excited when fellow Australian @quochuy listing his Little Worm Farm on the Homesteaders Co-Op. Not only does he have a free ebook on setting up your own worm farm, he also sells those worms! When the dry heat of summer is over, I’ll be looking at doing this for sure.

I’m not sure whether you realise it yet but The Homesteaders Co-Op has vendors all over the world – Portugal, Spain, the UK, the Americas! So what I’d love to see are more Australian vendors! It’d be brilliant to support people selling their goods via the Steem blockchain. I’m thinking of listing my garlic and thinking about what other products might be viable to sell here. Of course, we need to think about our local borders (did you know you can’t ship St Johns Wort to Victoria from Queensland, as it’s classified as a weed?) but there’s plenty we can consider, like homemade ethical soaps, jewellery, e-books, and so on.

So if you know an Australian homesteader that might be a perfect match, please get in touch via the links below, and let me know as well so I can put some steem aside to get your product shipped to my doorstep!