Category: Australia

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!

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

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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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