Homesteaders – Living Naturally, Newsletter. 24th April 2019

Welcome back to another newsletter and to all those who celebrate it, I hope you had a lovely Easter. Here in Australia, we have another public holiday coming up tomorrow, known as Anzac Day. It commemorates the fallen servicemen of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. I always find it interesting to learn about other cultures and countries’ special days and celebrations.

Things happening in the community.

@eco-alex has made the @ecotrain question of the week a four-part one. While this week’s has just been wrapped up, he gave us all a heads up for the next week already in this week’s post. Anyone can write a post for the #ecotraintag, you don’t have to be a passenger. The passengers and driver are there to support and interact on content which reflects the ethos of the Ecotrain. So feel free to join in and add your input to the challenge.

This week’s challenge from @naturalmedicine is a little different to usual. They are asking “Do we live healthy lives to avoid or postpone death?” Entries are due in by Friday 26th April. You can also catch up with the latest curation post from @naturalmedicine here.

The @homesteaderscoop continues to grow, with more vendors and variety from across the globe. See some of the featured products here.

There are still a few more days for redfish to get a chance to win a 200 SP delegation for a month or SBI shares with this round of “For the Love of Comments.” Nominating redfish is also very much welcomed and encouraged.

Welcoming Newcomers


@jannamarie has made a short intro post and revealed a love of gardening. I hope we see them posting much more; although I’m slightly disconcerted that the picture looks rather like me in my younger years!

Some highlights of the week


@gardeningchannel has a video up on natural ways to keep the garden pests from taking all your crops and you might be surprised at some of these clever tricks!


Over in the east of Australia @bearone has been building grow house and sharing her adventures and learning curve along the way.


@goldenoakfarm had me fascinated with a shadowbox project she is undertaking with her sister. This is something new to me, but I love the creativity of it.


This veggie scramble and sweet potato waffles looks so good I felt sure it would just be purchased waffles with the scramble added. Not so. @gringalicious gives us the full recipe! It looks ambitious, but I hope I can try it, or maybe convince my daughter to try it in her waffle maker.

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

Weekly Featured Sustainable Products – 22nd April 2019

Happy Earth Day!!

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

little bear pocket journal blank notebook – hand binding travel Journal – bear notebook – bear illustration

little bear pocket journal blank notebook – hand binding travel Journal – bear notebook – bear illustration

Funny little bear for this pocket notebook! Blank journal with a print of my original illustration, it is totally handmade by me. A little journal that you can use to collect your notes and sketches.For the cover I printed one of my illustration on the cream cardboard. Printed using only original toner cartridges that guaranteed for the maximum quality print with impressive colours, on cardboard and hand cut by me.In the notebook there are 30 pages totally hand cut (30 pages front + 30…###

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silvia beneforti

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

Viterbo, Italy

little bear pocket journal blank notebook – hand binding travel Journal – bear notebook – bear illustration

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Handmade Colloidal Oatmeal Soap, Vegan-friendly

Handmade Colloidal Oatmeal Soap, Vegan-friendly

A bar of handmade vegan soap with a combination of Colloidal Oats, Almond Milk & Tea Tree essential oil with a hint of vanilla sugar. It is as close to all natural as you can get. The oats are soothing to dry skin, while the almond milk and the glycerin aid in keeping in moisture to help your skin to heal. This listing is for “One” Oatmeal Almond Milk and Tea Tree Oil Bar of Soap The soaps are hand cut and vary in weight, approximately 3 – 3.5 oz each. This smaller bar is the…###

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Sunscapes Soap Shop

Welcome to Sunscapes Soap Shop where we offer you handmade, quality products to enhance your lifestyle.

New York, United States (US)

Handmade Colloidal Oatmeal Soap, Vegan-friendly

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Witch Hazel Extract – 4 Ounce with Flip Top Cap

Witch Hazel Extract – 4 Ounce with Flip Top Cap

This is the witch hazel extract I made and wrote about this late fall/early winter, using the twigs, flowers and leaves of the witch hazel bush that I planted in our front yard three years ago. I wrote two posts about the process, and about the many uses for and wonderful properties of witch hazel, which I will link to below. They are long, but contain a wealth of information, and I recommend reading them in their entirety. Witch hazel extract has become of those items that is a vital…###

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Crescendo of Peace

Unusual and Heirloom Plants and Seeds, Natural Remedies, Arts and Crafts, Ingredients Locally Wildcrafted and/or Grown Without Chemical Inputs, Always non-GMO.

Tennessee, United States (US)

Witch Hazel Extract – 4 Ounce with Flip Top Cap

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Homesteaders – Living Naturally, Newsletter. 17th April 2019

It’s already over halfway through April! Doesn’t time fly? Homesteaders and gardeners are busy the world over as they are well into preparations for the new season. It’s been lovely to read about what everone’s up to.

Things happening in the community.

A couple of weeks ago @eco-alex announced that the @ecotrain would be getting back on the tracks. After a busy couple of weeks, the new passenger list has been announced and everything is back in motion to support those ecological posts on Steem. For more details on how this will work read his post here.

Over at @naturalmedicine you can read the week’s picks in the curation post. Also, the winners for the plant medicine challenge have been announced and there is a chance to get an entry into the Archive Amnesty.

Welcoming Newcomers


@wowcrypto joined Steem in January last year, but has made a recent return and shared some pictures of a little container garden growing on their balcony. I’m hoping we can give a good welcome to encourage them to stick around this time.

Some highlights of the week


@eco-alex has been transcribing and editing a biotecture lecture by Michael Reynolds. This is part four, but you can find the links to the first 3 parts towards the end of the post. It’s a must-read for anyone interested in eco-building.


@smithlabs shares with us how to make a tincture from what turns out to be a very useful weed. Find out how useful shepherd’s purse can be here.


@mountainjewel has written about how trees heal our land and potentially our climate.


They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but often we’re rushing out and don’t get the best of breakfasts, if any at all. @celestialcow gives her solution with this immune boosting, soaked oats recipe

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

Weekly Featured Sustainable Products – 15th April 2019

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

Purple Garlic

Purple Garlic

250 grams of organic purple garlic. Speak to me if you’d like more or less. Comes from an organic, chemical free garden. Perfect for Easter planting in Australia. Large cloves but have some small ones too at a discount/negotiable price. Shipping as per Australia Post.###

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River Flows

Victoria, Australia

Purple Garlic

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70 oval handmade paper tags

70 oval handmade paper tags

Read more about us, our process and products in the “About & How Its Made” sections of our store! ps: We love love working on custom orders! In fact, most of our work is local and 90% bespoke. So if you like this product, but want a variation – a different size or color or shape, let us know!###

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b & g handmade

Sofia, Bulgaria

70 oval handmade paper tags

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

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

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

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Natural Lovemade Cosmetics from an ecovillage

Granada, Spain

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

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Following up…. and finally, an introduction!

A while back, quite a while back I am ashamed to say, I posted about what it means to be a homesteader and whether or not you are one and don’t even know it…. you can read about it here.

In that post, a comment from one of our vendors and fellow homesteader, @bobydimitrov a vendor behind @bghandmade said this:

What I’d really, really like to see is a follow-up post in your own context – which one of the points you can check off your list, your daily or seasonal life and more photos of what looks like a great garden!

I am going to try to answer that question over a few posts, in no particular order of the first post, but as I am able based on the seasons and when I can photograph what I need to for examples.

But firstly, I believe I also promised to introduce myself in this post.

Who is Thistle-Rock?

My real name is Heather. Hello there!

I chose to call myself @thistle-rock here on the Steem platforms as it incorporates two things I do. “Thistle” because of Thistleworks Designs, the name of my shop at Homesteaders Coop and under which I have always marketed much of my work, and “Rock” for some of the art I create under rockAdoodle Art.

My husband and I live in north central Canada on the border of the provinces of Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

A little confusing to some, while we live in Saskatchewan, a province that does not follow Daylight Savings Time, but we and the two nearby communities actually follow Manitoba time because most of the population around these parts works in the Province of Manitoba, who does follow Daylight Savings Time. This makes for interesting travel scheduling and conversations with people in other provinces or around the world.

photo © Heather JohnsgaardWe live on the Precambrian Shield, a place where it is not uncommon to find vegetation growing out of the nooks and crannies of the rocky earth, and which I wrote about here.

Our home is on the outskirts of a fairly remote community which is based around a mine, the product being zinc and copper plus a little bit of gold.

On the Saskatchewan side, the nearest major community from us is about a four hour drive each way.

Neither Calendar nor Dates Make the Seasons it Seems

photo © Heather Johnsgaard

Winters here appear long, usually very cold with lots of snow, and summers short. I cannot say we have very noticeable Spring and Fall seasons because by the time the snow melts, summer heat is upon us, and the snow usually hits us again by October before all the leaves have fallen from the trees. All this makes for a very short growing season outside of a heated greenhouse if you are lucky enough to have one.

Our small acreage is mostly covered with pine, spruce, poplar, birch and willow trees. Our soil is mostly clay. We need to do a lot of soil amending if we want a decent garden, or build raised beds.

Sometimes raised beds seems easier because even though we have cleared land for gardening, the roots of the poplar trees spread far and long and make hard work for tilling.

As our home is situated on the lake shore of a small lake, we draw our own source of water with a pump system (I will show that in another post in the future). We have beautiful clear water. A filter system within the house allows us to utilize the water for drinking and cooking with no chemicals required.

We do not live off-grid, and are fortunate to have power right to our house, we are not without basic necessities unless the power goes out. If the power should go out, this of course affects our ability to get our water which requires our electric pump, and also means we cannot flush toilets or run water during that time. Our heat is forced air, with a wood stove for backup or secondary heat source.

photo © Heather Johnsgaard

We try to follow a lifestyle which includes, as much as possible, zero waste, recycle, reuse, refurbish, and repurpose. I am saddened with how much waste the human race produces. The only thing I can do about it is to live a lifestyle of which I feel I am doing as little harm as I can upon the land we have been granted use of for the time we are here, and to share what I learn with others.

We try to grow our own produce, canning, preserving and freezing for future use. We make things we need when we are able, which may include tools, clothing, food, home decor and craft supplies.

Self-sufficiency with as little reliability on others as possible is a motto of our life. Sharing when we can our abundance of food or our talents and skills, and helping out our neighbours when needed.

I love the life we live, it suits my personality… I can’t imagine life any other way.

I’d love for you to follow along as I attempt to show you a few things we have done which allows us to live the life of a homesteader. Perhaps you will find some things of interest that will change the way you live too, perhaps you are a homesteader yourself and didn’t even know it!


Introducing @Wildhomesteading – Monthly Wild Homesteading and Business Advice Newsletter


Hello! @wildhomesteading here and this is my introduction post as a new contributor to @homesteaderscoop.

My name is Daron and along with my wife I run the website Wild Homesteading and I post here on the steem blockchain Monday through Friday. Generally, my posts focus on what I call wild homesteading which is homesteading that is focused on working with nature.

My family and I live on a small homestead on just under 3 acres of land outside of Olympia Washington at the south end of the Puget Sound about a 2 hour drive south of Seattle. Our homestead is called the Wild Ride Homestead and we came up with that name because at times our life has seemed like a wild ride.

From living in England for a year, living on opposite sides of the state from each other in order for one of us to keep a good job while the other went to school, studying sustainability in Fiji, and raising a family… it sure has been a wild ride.

But now we are settled on our Wild Ride Homestead. Which does not mean the ride is over. There are always new projects and challenges to overcome as a homesteader!

Homesteading has been a dream for us since before we were married almost 10 years ago. But we are also very focused on supporting our local environment and creating a space for wildlife. Wild homesteading is our attempt to create a life that supports both our homesteading and environmental goals and values.

I truly believe that by fully integrating the natural world with homesteading you can achieve a more resilient life that is truly free from reliance on unsustainable inputs. Nature can be your best homesteading partner if you let it.

Monthly Homesteading and Business Advice Newsletter


So, what will I be writing about in my monthly Wild Homesteading and Business Advice Newsletter? Well the name kinda speaks for itself but here are some details.

The wild homesteading posts will be similar to what I’m writing on my own blog but with more focus on how working with nature can result in more freedom (time, food, financial, etc.) for you and your family.

Once in a while I will write business advice posts that will hopefully help you run a successful online business. Much of this advice will focus around what is working (and not working) in my own online business. These posts will also be tailored to the awesome @homesteaderscoop vendors but anyone with an online business or wanting to start one should get value from these posts.

My own business is only in its 5th month but during that time I have built an email list of just over 360 people and so far this month I have had almost 200 people visiting my site from search traffic (google, bing, etc.) alone. Last month in total I had over 1,700 unique people visit my site. In terms of getting traffic and building an email list I think things are going good for just being 5 months in!

I have been studying content marketing for a couple years now on a weekly basis and I’m happy to share what I have learned.

Thank You All!

So, I think that covers everything—I’m looking forward to contributing on a regular basis to @homesteaderscoop. The community here on the steem blockchain is really awesome and has really helped me get started. I’m hoping that by writing this monthly newsletter that I can start giving back to you all.

Also, each one of my posts on @homesteaderscoop will end with a call for topic ideas that fit within either wild homesteading or business advice.

So… what would you like to see me write about in my first full post? Please leave a comment with your idea.

Thank you all!

Homesteaders – Living Naturally, Newsletter. 10th April 2019

Welcome back to another week of homesteading and natural goings-on.

Things happening in the community.

It’s been a busy week for me with decorating, a daughter’s 18th birthday and a 16th to come in a month. So when @riverflows announced that @naturalmedicine is adding Mindful Life, which will focus on meditation and yoga, it’s like she was trying to tell me something…again. You can also find more on it in @riverflow‘s post here. The @naturalmedicine curation post is up again for their favourite natural healing picks and a reminder that the plant medicine challenge still has another week to go, if you want to get your entries in for it.

There are even more home educators added to @altlife‘s latest Homeschoolers and Unschoolers list.

I’m not normally one to promote myself, but I think this is more important than me. Do you have under 500 SP, or do you know someone who is still a redfish, and would benefit from a 200 SP delegation for a month? If so, pop over to the latest For the Love of Comments competition and add your comment to be in the running for the delegation and @steembasicincome shares. The competition still has a couple of days left to run and not many entries yet.

Welcoming Newcomers


A super new arrival has posted their introduction with a gardening tag! That’s always exciting for me! I hope we can give @alein a warm welcome.


Someone who joined in January, but is back giving things another shot is @hawgwild.


Another who has joined Steem just this month is @godsthirdacre.

As always I hope the community can give them all a big welcome.

If you’re new here and feel like you’re struggling to fit in or get noticed, then please reach out and talk to people. Often, when we get busy, we won’t get around to reaching everyone and it helps to remind us who’s around.

Some highlights of the week


Homesteading is always a learning experience and things don’t always go as expected. @hebrewhousewife shares her lessons from her first year of chicken raising.


Something I’ve always wanted to do is make soap, so naturally, I was drawn to @fotostef‘s post on how easy soap making is.


Growing food year-round can be a challenge in some areas, so I’m always impressed by those indoor gardeners who have so much success. @r2cornell tells us a bit about his take on growing food in containers and his pictures show some tasty successes!


We’ve heard of chicken soup for a cold, but have you heard of sour groats soup for the stomach?! Well it comes highly recommended by @zkalemiss who shares the recipe.

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

Weekly Featured Sustainable Products – 8th April 2019

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

Lil’ Chef’s Unisex Apron

Lil’ Chef’s Unisex Apron

Two aprons in one! This item is totally reversible and suitable for either girls or boys. Made from 100% pre-washed quality cotton to minimize shrinkage, this reversible apron features double stitching around the pockets and perimeter of the apron. Straps and ties also feature extra reinforced stitching. Two pockets on the solid side, which is embellished with the same fabric from the print side to blend the whole thing together. Straps and ties show the reverse fabric on each…###

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Thistleworks Designs

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

Saskatchewan, Canada

Lil’ Chef’s Unisex Apron

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Goldenseal Organic & Biodynamic Cultivated Tincture 1 OZ

Goldenseal Organic & Biodynamic Cultivated Tincture 1 OZ

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

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Mountain Jewel

Permaculture Homestead Offering Plants & Medicines

Missouri, United States (US)

Goldenseal Organic & Biodynamic Cultivated Tincture 1 OZ

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The Homesteader’s Handbook: Raising Chickens eBook

The Homesteader’s Handbook: Raising Chickens eBook

Discover everything you need to know about raising chickens in this informative, light hearted book about raising chickens. Take control of your food supply and enjoy the quality and convenience that comes with raising your own flock. Learn about coop design, breed selection, feed options, eggs and much more. Chock full of practical facts and personal anecdotes from a down to earth chicken keeper, it’s an easy read. Sometimes funny or sad, always practical, this book is the only one you’ll…###

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Wildcrafted Natural Creations from the Walkerland Homestead

New Brunswick, Canada

The Homesteader’s Handbook: Raising Chickens eBook

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Walkerland – *New Items* Wildcrafted Natural Creations from the Walkerland Homestead

@walkerland has recently been adding an assortment of new products for you to peruse!


Come check out the assortment of Lavender, Rose, Sage and other products recently added to the Walkerland Mercantile Store.

Clearly, @walkerland puts love and passion to the point of art into the products. If you look around at the pictures on her store and her articles on her blog, there is no doubt left about how much she loves creating and sharing her passion.

I feel like the soothing aromas, so neatly presented, of the Lavender and other herbs are so tantalizingly close, just on the other side of those pictures.

@walkerland accepts STEEM and SBD for an array of new products for you to choose from!


This Lavender Dream Pillow is just one beautiful example of the fine products added to their store.

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

We take our role of stewards of our land very seriously.

Most of our items are created using ingredients grown and foraged from the land and forest that surrounds our homestead. We harvest ethically, gathering only what we need while leaving plenty for regeneration and re-growth. Our careful harvesting practices mean that some of our products are available in limited quantities each season.

Our homestead is powered by solar, and although we are not organic certified, we grow and manage our land using environmentally responsible and natural methods. We do not use chemicals, herbicides, pesticides or fertilizers.

We care about the purity of our products and aim to provide you with the best quality items. You can be confident that the herbs, flowers and other naturally grown items that we sell in our shop have been harvested and cultivated with care and respect.


Lavender Hanging Sachet

You can browse @walkerland‘s products at: Walkerland at Homesteader’s Coop Marketplace

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


Rose Petal Sachet

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Sales Report – March 2019

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

March has shown that the first three months for our co-op has created a consistent baseline of sales. The average monthly sales so far this year is $239.

This is great progress but it leaves more to be desired. We are ramping up our efforts as a community to promote our co-op both in steem and outside of steem.

Only 5 days into April and we have already seen $116 in sales accross our co-op which may indicate a strong month for sales. We’ll see how the rest of the month shapes up.

And for now here are the stats for March.

This post is an update to our fundition project

$233.98 total sales

In March our vendors saw $233.98 in total sales, priced in USD. This number is excluding shipping.

Breakdown by currency


19 orders were paid for

This equates to an average order order value of $12.32

49 items purchased

A total of 49 items were included in those 19 transactions.

The average number of items per order is 2.6 items per order.

2019 Sales by Month


100% of the profit is retained

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

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

Previous Sales Reports