Category: Sustainability

Growing a Homesteaders Co-op!

Hi there… welcome to 2019

In case you haven’t met me before, I’m @thistle-rock, the newest contributor to @homesteaderscoop. I’ll post more about myself in a soon-to-be future post, but today, as we begin this great new year, I’d like to talk about the Homesteaders Co-op!

Do you even know what Homesteaders Co-op is? Well, here’s the scoop

Homesteaders Co-op is a new online marketplace where steemit homesteaders can offer their products (to anyone) in exchange for SBD tokens.

The idea was born out of Seeds of Abundance. [@sagescrub] began working on a website for Seeds of Abundance [in August, 2018] and the first priority was being able to accept SBD tokens in the shopping cart. After being able to accept SBD payments we realized we needed to share this with other homesteaders. Thus Homesteaders Co-op was born.

Did you know?

Did you know you can purchase the most wonderful natural and home-made items at Homesteaders Co-op?

That’s right, you can! Everything from tinctures to honey to textiles to dried flower creations, jewelry, paper items and more… and the list is growing bigger as new homesteaders are set to come on board with their new unique shops…. and ahem… I shall be one of them…. so excited!

Now accepting three payment options

Yes, you read that right! The fantastic thing about the new Homesteaders Co-opis that we now are accepting three different payment methods to suit your burning to desire to purchase that one special item. The Co-op vendors accept Steem, SBD and USD.

It’s such a unique opportunity to be able to use a variety of currencies to get what you want. No more worrying about cash if you’ve got Steem available to you, and vice versa.

Meet the Homesteaders

All the vendors are fabulous! Each have their own unique flair and all are striving for a better world. They have the desire and the mindset towards sustainability, homegrown, ethically sourced, and hand-made products, as much as is possible within our modern times.

Hardworking individuals and families who see potential in preserving our earth the way it should be, for today and for the future, and finding benefits in the natural sources Mother Nature offers us.

The vendors are committed to the Steem blockchain and are committed to its success along with the success of Homesteaders Coop, otherwise, they would not partake in such a unique new venture accepting SBD as payment.

Here’s a rundown on who’s who and who’s coming on board:

Shops already open:

  • Seeds of Abundance, brought to you by @sagescrub. Currently offering seeds which provide beauty, natural medicine and wild nutrition. Based in Oregon, United States
  • Bees by Prof. Bromide, brought to you by @professorbromide. Currently offering raw whole comb pressed honey. Based in Virginia, United States
  • Mountain Jewel, brought to you by @mountainjewel. Currently offering tinctures and plants. Based in Missouri, United States
  • The Gentle Soul, brought to you by @sagescrub. Currently offering hand dyed textiles. Based in Oregon, United States
  • The Tinker Tribe, brought to you by @makinstuff. Currently offering up-cycled beer bottle emergency candles and t-shirts. Based in Alabama, United States
  • The Walkerland Mercantile, brought to you by @walkerland. Currently offering e-Books for DIY. Based in New Brunswick, Canada
  • Idyllwild, brought to you by @sagescrub. Currently offering homegrown and handmade dried flower arrangements. Based in Oregon, United States
  • Viggi Handmade, brought to you by @irenethemachine. Currently offering handmade zipper pouches. For every item purchased, twenty trees are planted. Based in Netherlands
  • Fleming Family Farm, brought to you by @flemingfarm. Currently offering vegetable glycerin. Based in Washington, United States
  • drapis, brought to you by @drapis. Currently offering honey. Based in Portugal
  • The Little Worm Farm, brought to you by @quochuy. Currently offering Worm Starter Mix, Fly Larvae, and free educational e-Books. . Based in New South Wales, Australia
  • Weave to Empower, brought to you by @trucklife-family. Currently offering hand-dyed kimonos, wall hangings, and cushion covers. Based in Granada, Spain
  • Kelly Moody (of sedge and salt), brought to you by @ofsedgeandsalt. Currently offering Bitters and Elixirs. Based in Virginia, United States
  • Celestial Creations, brought to you by @celestialcow. Currently offering handmade jewelry. Based in Barcelona, Spain

In the Works:

  • Pepper Family Homestead, brought to you by @papa-pepper. Will be offering a variety of seeds including popcorn, Chinese noodle bean, and birdhouse gourds. Based in Arkansas, United States
  • Thistleworks Designs, brought to you by @thistle-rock. Will be offering a variety of products including hand designed and sewn goods for the home and garden, painted items, and e-colouring pages. Based in Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Eco Curios, brought to you by @allyinspirit. Will be offering handmade containers and ornaments made from natural materials embedded into rice papers, recycled hemp fabric and kombucha scobys. Based in Sydney, Australia

Soon to be on board:

A Brand New Year with a Great New Outlook

Starting up business is no easy task. Through this project, @sagescrub has made it both possible and easy for vendors, bringing together a vast group from all corners of the world who, with his vision and each of their individual skills and expertise, are so willing for you to have the opportunity to join them as they offer you a fantastic selection of wares. And from what I have already seen, you will not be disappointed.

Being such a new venture, the vendors are busily adding inventory to their shops. What each vendor lists may only be a small part of what they will soon be offering in the future and some items may not yet be listed. I highly recommend you check back often to view their offerings before you miss out.

Head on over to Homesteaders Co-op today, browse around, find your favourite product, and show some love and support to these hard working homesteaders whose ultimate goal is to make the world a better place.

I’ll see you next time when I introduce myself and my shop to you.

~@thistle-rock

Call for Delegations – Community Support for Sustainability

Homesteaders Co-op is a community account. Today I am calling on our community for delegations. First a little background as to why we are asking for your delegations:

Homesteaders Co-op is dedicated to helping steem individuals and families who are committed to living sustainably and compassionately with the earth and fellow beings, succeed in their entrepreneurial endeavors.

One way in which we aim to accomplish this goal is by offering a FREE marketplace for vendors. Free means no commissions and no fees. I recently had advice that this is a bad business model because we cannot be sustainable without charging fees – unless perhaps we are lean and mean, even then it will be difficult. This is good advice, but I remember that we always have choice.

I am here to tell you that I personally am up to the challenge, if our community is up to the challenge to keep this marketplace free.

It is true. Our model makes a bad business plan. But it makes for a great community. Can we be successful not only as a community but also be sustainable financially without charging fees to our vendors? I do not know the answer to this, but I feel that it does not hurt to try. If we fail in this regard, we can re-address our policy towards commissions.

There are a few ways in which we can try to achieve financial sustainability without asking a single SBD from our vendors. I won’t go into them all today because the focus of this post is delegations. However I will mention that I am completely open to ideas – we are open to ideas. In the spirit of a community marketplace, everyone should have a forum for their voice.

Today I call upon the community for delegations to help support your community marketplace. Not only do I ask for delegations, I ask for your loyalty to us as long as you feel we are loyal to the community at large and serving the communities interest.

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Here is what we are currently doing with our Steem Power:

Voting for Contributors

Our contributors are our leaders and our voice regarding where we are headed as a community. Our contributors are receiving both beneficiary payout from our @homesteaderscoop blog as well as upvotes on their individual accounts in recognition of their team efforts to get community marketplace rolling.

Voting for Vendors

Our vendors are the steem individuals and families that are dedicated to sustainability, and many are willing to put their financial security on the line to do so. Our upvotes to our vendors are meant to help provide some stream of additional steem income for our vendors as a thank you for choosing to incorporate some aspect of sustainability and/or ethical care of the earth into their lifestyle and business choices.

Voting for Charitable Organizations

We are starting off on a foot of giving to those that are in need. We are sending upvotes to @pennsif‘s @adollaraday charity which supports directing charitable donations to many “on the ground” charities. Further we are upvoting @familyprotection‘s comments, in part in thanks to @canadiancoconut‘s generous support and also to help support the work she is doing to keep families and their children together.

Voting on our own Posts for Growth

We are shamelessly voting on our own posts in order to continue to grow our SP which we can use for all of the goals we’ve outlined here in this post.

Outgoing Delegations

Regarding delegating out, we are just starting to earn SP. However I want to set a precedence from the start that our community marketplace is dedicated to helping less fortunate than ourselves. The reason this is so important to me is because Homesteaders Co-op is more than one individual, it is a community. We have the potential to gain strength and influence. What kind of example do we want to set? What kind of world do we want to support?

Therefore we have delegated some SP to @adollaraday. The SP that has been delegated is so small it will not make much difference. It is meant as a symbolic gesture that we will continue to increase that delegation as our community account grows and a thank you for the work they and the organizations they support are doing to make this world better and safer.

Incoming Delegations

In addition to asking the community at large for delegations, we are also asking our vendors for delegations. We are suggesting delegations from vendors with over 500 SP. However it is not mandatory and we will not be policing who is delegating and who is not. We are only asking to those that can comfortably afford it.

It is my hope that delegations come from those that believe in what we are doing for the community at large.

Now is the time for me to ask you to consider delegating. Delegations are a way for any member of our steem community to have ownership in what we are doing. It is a vote for our efforts and our mission. Thank you for your consideration.

Delegate now:

10 SP | 25 SP | 50 SP | 75 SP | 100 SP | 200 SP | 500 SP | 750 SP | 1000 SP

Current Delegators

We already have a few delegations and I wish to share who they are for their recognition. Thank you very much to those who have delegated to Homesteaders Co-op!

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@pennsiffuture gazer, past watcher, community builder, prepper, homesteader, seeker of self-reliance, MSP Waves Radio show host, founder of A Dollar A Day @adollaradayWales, UK
@stortebekerSustainability, Urban Homesteading, Natural Building, Health, Food, Healthfood, Nature, Culture, BicyclesMexico City
@trucklife-familySingle Mama, Doula, Nature Lover, Vegan, Birth Activist and Defender of All Things WildThe Earth
@walkerlandKitchen Witch, Wildcrafting, Homesteading, Organic Gardening Building a Greener Kinder WorldCanada

Communities – Shout out to our Brothers and Sisters

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#ghsc | Introducing @ghscollective | Discord Community


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#naturalmedicine | Introducing @naturalmedicine | Discord Community


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#tribesteemup | @tribesteemup | The 8 Pillars of TribeSteemUp


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@adollaraday | Charitable giving project | November 2018 Giving Report

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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#ghsc | Introducing @ghscollective | Discord Community

Of Sedge and Salt, Nomadic Apothecary Shares Knowledge + Herbal Elixers

Thank you @ofsedgeandsalt for joining Homesteaders Co-op as one of our newest vendors! @ofsedgeandsalt is offering some really wonderful services to our community here on steem. She runs a regular podcast called Ground Shots which covers topics like herbalism, wildcrafting, ecology and more. I’ve listened to two of her episodes so far and have really enjoyed the knowledge, topics and guest interviews very much!

I also highly recommend checking out @ofsedgeandsalt‘s website – https://www.ofsedgeandsalt.com/ – where you will find plant profiles, AMAZING photography, herbal wisdom, podcast archives as well as her online store. What’s more, I recommend subscribing to her newsletter if her content interests you. I just received the latest edition and was blown away by the love and effort she put into sharing more knowledge, books, resources and more. Thank you so much @ofsedgeandsalt!!!

@ofsedgeandsalt now accepts STEEM and SBD for her apothecary goods

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She goes by Kelly Moody on Homesteaders Co-op and has already uploaded two of her handcrafted herbal medicines to her store. I highly recommend taking a look!

In her own words:

Much of the past decade she has spent living in different places and studying plants, ecology and craft, writing about the land, growing food and herbs, or honoring her wanderlust by traveling cross country in various incarnations.

She received a B. A. in Philosophy and Religious Studies in 2009 from Christopher Newport University in Virginia. For over a decade she has studied herbal medicine, ecology and botany with teachers like Rebecca Golden, Paul Strauss, Chip Carrol, Luke Learningdeer, Marc Williams among many others. She apprenticed with Rebecca Golden in Brattleboro, VT of Earth Angel Herbals in 2010 and interned with the United Plant Savers at the Goldenseal Sanctuary in Rutland, Ohio in 2012. She apprenticed with Juliet Blankespoor and attended the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine in Asheville, NC in 2013. She helped manage the gardens and vegetable CSA at Dancing Springs Farm outside of Asheville, NC from 2014-2016. She studied book arts and paper making at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina and with elder medieval bookbinder Jim Croft in rural Idaho. She has attended a handful of artist residencies and workshops including most recently Signal Fire’s Wide Open Studios in 2017. Her teaching over the years has included classes on hide tanning, plant ID, wild foods, medicine making, natural dyes, nutrition and gardening.

You can browse Kelly Moody’s (@ofsedgeandsalt‘s) products at: https://homesteaderscoop.com/store/ofsedgeandsalt/

@ofsedgeandsalt is based out of United States but not in one spot – she is nomadic, living on the road with a small footprint and takes her business with her where ever she goes! 

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Learn more about Of Sedge and Salt: https://homesteaderscoop.com/store/ofsedgeandsalt/

Natural Medicines on the Homesteaders Co-Op: Empowering Steemians Health, Naturally!

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Hello beautiful Steemfolk and residents of the Steemiverse! It’s @riverflows here, humbly editorialising for ‘Homesteaders Co-Op’. They’ve entrusted me with their account – cue evil laugh – muahahaha!

Of course, I’m only joking – The Homesteaders Co-Op is so full of goodness that I couldn’t possibly cue evil anything – I’d simply vaporise and turn to steemdust if I even tried. I mean, check this stuff out!
@celestialcow, A.K.A Celestial Creations, is selling THE most gorgeous silver jewellery – not only is she a STELLAR vegan cook, she can make you look super pretty for the new year with one of her silverworks! And look at this insanely stunning kimono jacket from Weave to Empower Woman’s Co-Op in Granada, Spain.

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To me, Steemit has always been a place of creativity and community, and @sagescrub has managed to weave both these elements of the Steemearth together into one magical carpet – allowing creative people to come together in one place to sell their beautiful wares to the Steem community. It’s another way to stitch all these diverse people into a common good, a marketplace that to me surpasses all others because it is run by people, for people.

Yet today, I’ve got my Natural Medicine hat on (luckily I’m at home alone, as I’m not sure how wearing a lotus with a heart on it would look in public – a good home hat, but not a street hat, methinks), and it’s with this I write today, gravitating toward the ‘natural health’ section of the Homesteaders Co-Op website.

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Since the creation of the @naturalmedicine account nearly four months ago, I’ve learnt alot about what natural health means to people. It’s very much about being empowered to take control of your own well-being through knowledge and the ability to utilise the natural world and it’s bounty to strengthen, nurture and support our systems. For many, it means to move away from dependence on big pharma (that doesn’t always have our best interest at heart) and toward products that are chemical free, organic, often biodynamic, locally sourced, homemade and ethical. From tinctures to salves, fermented foods to teas, natural medicines help us take control.

It’s beyond exciting for me to see that people who are in the Natural Medicine Discord are looking toward selling their products through the Homesteaders Co-Op – currently, @mountainjewel are leading the way with their beautiful tinctures. As co-founder of @naturalmedicine, like me, she’s been an advocate for supporting mental health on the Steem Blockchain with adaptogenic herbs – her ‘Nourish’ tincture is just the thing for this. The product description reads beautifully:

It is the ultimate stress relief and nervous system support, both bringing immediate relief and acting as a nervous system tonic to nourish long term frayed nerves. The synergy of the bright, adaptogenic and balancing energy of holy basil with milky oat’s ability to remind one to drift in the wind, to go with the flow in abundant nourishment (as watching the Oat plant sway in the wind brings to mind) reminds us that everything’s going to be okay. A hug from these two herbal allies is so needed for our nervous systems in times of stress or overwhelm.

I’m also excited to see @flemingfarm‘s newly listed Lilac Glycerine and @thetinkertribe list turmeric rhizomes. Turmeric has been the topic of the week in the Natural Medicine Discord Channel where we have been talking about drying it and fermenting it, it’s bioavailability and how to increase that, what to cook with it and how to enjoy it, and generally informing each other about what to do with this incredible natural medicine.

In this way, I see @homesteaderscoop and @naturalmedicine as siblings of sorts, co-habiting the same steem space and helping each other grow and empower others. How wonderful we’ve got this incredible platform to do so. I look forward to more of our members and other Steemfolk put their medicines up for sale on the co-op and create a market stall for natural health products – if this sounds like something you could do, please get in touch with @sagescrub!

If you’re not already a Natural Medicine Member, please click here to go directly to our Discord server. We’d love to chat!

How do we heal our relationship with money? Community.

How do we decolonize our relationship with money? I have been thinking about this the past few days. The answer I came to: strong, healthy community

I think of a balanced community like a balanced family with healthy components of sacred masculine and sacred feminine. I wonder if women had more influence in how the worlds money is used would we all have a healthier relationship with money?

I want to learn how to bring more feminine traits such as compassion, generosity and nurturing into my own relationship with money. I admit it is difficult because I have many past habits that are contrary to this view.

This is why I believe that I should not be the only one leading Homesteaders Co-op. If it were just me there would not be enough balance, and it would just be @sagescrub‘s Co-op instead of Homesteaders Co-op.

This week I chose to open up our blog to have members of our community join in the voice of the @homesteaderscoop blog.

They will be rewarded with the majority of the post payout as beneficiary because I want them to feel reward and ownership in being part of the Co-op and helping the Co-op to grow. This is one step of many to come that I hope will lead to balance, shared ownership and pride in our Co-op.

Clearly having money in itself is not a bad thing because we need it to survive. This is why one of my goals is to help individuals and families earn a portion of their living for their hard work, living and working more sustainably, with respect for nature, the environment and other living beings.

It is not that they need our help, so much as they need a venue. If we can create a healthy, ethical venue we can all have pride in the commerce that is conducted here. This can only happen as a community, not as a company whose first mission is profits.

So I have re-aligned my first priority and intention to helping facilitate this venue for ethical commerce, without regard to profit.

I am trusting in my intuition that steem will reward us if we are successful in creating more resiliency and value on the steem blockchain in an ethical way. If neither happens then that’s another story for another day 🙂

For now my focus is on learning how to facilitate this community and get the right ingredients together so that it can thrive. We have a lot of work to do together to build awareness of our little Co-op and find our market, especially now during a bear market.

My greatest desire is for the community to take ownership of itself, because I believe that is the only way that it can thrive. I think this includes everyone involved: the contributors, the vendors and the customers as well.

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With that said I’d like to introduce you to our first contributors, the voice and family members of Homesteaders Co-op:

@riverflows

@riverflows is an amazing woman and homesteader with a lot of talent for connection and community. One of her passions is Natural Medicine. She is doing a superb job leading the @naturalmedicine (#naturalmedicine) community. This community is thriving and bustling and full of love, generosity and passion. That is clearly a reflection of @riverflow‘s warm spirit and passion for community. I feel so lucky that @riverflows agreed to contribute to Homesteaders Co-op as a voice and I feel that @homesteaderscoop and @naturalmedicine will have a nice synergy 🙂

@goldendawne

I remember when I first came online @goldendawne was one of the first to welcome me into the steem and discord homesteading communities. I have been in awe of the dedication that @goldendawne has made to helping others thrive on the steem platform. I know that @goldendawne is working hard to make a living from blogging, including steem. But it is clear to me that she prioritizes helping others over making money because that is what I see time again in her actions. @goldendawne does such a fantastic job of combining her passion of homesteading with helping others. I am so glad she will be contributing as part of the voice of @homesteaderscoop!

@thetreeoflife

I met @thetreeoflife only recently here on steem but feel great affinity towards her positive, warm energy. It is incredible how energy can come through over blog posts and chat. @thetreeoflife is passionate about seeking balance, healing, and clean energy in her life and she is making an effort to share that with others here on steem. Combined with her passion for nature and sustainability, we are lucky to have @thetreeoflife contributing to the voice and direction of @homesteaderscoop community.

@nateonsteemit

I can’t express enough gratitude for @nateonsteemit. His actions embody generosity every day. He has been extremely generous to @homesteaderscoop with his time and energy, but more importantly he is generous in sharing his time to build community. He is passionate about connecting people here on steem in homesteading, permaculture, natural medicine and sustainability. @nateonsteemit is so driven by his heart that I am often surprised – even though I should be used to his actions by now, I am still not. I am so glad to have @nateonsteemit join in the voice of @homesteaderscoop.

These are our new contributors. They are our voice and leadership. Be on the lookout in the near future from posts under @homesteaderscoop by these amazing people.

We do also still have several spots open for more contributors of @homesteaderscoop. If you or someone you know might be a good fit, please reach out to @sagescrub on discord.

Weave to Empower – Women’s Off-Grid Handmade Co-op

Weave to Empower accepts SBD for handmade sustainable textiles, crafts, jewelry and more.

This group of off grid single mothers from Granada, Spain have banded together their collective talents to create an artisan co-op in order to support one another. We are so pleased that they are offering their products on Homesteaders Co-op! @trucklife-family, one of the Weave to Empower members, is helping to bring their women’s co-op to steem!

You can browse Weave to Empower products at:

https://homesteaderscoop.com/store/weave-to-empower/

 

Weave to Empower have already uploaded some stunning naturally died Kimonos and other textiles to their product catalog. I know that they are working on adding more products in the very near future including jewelry and more.

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Learn more about Weave to Empower: https://homesteaderscoop.com/store/weave-to-empower/

Viggi Handmade by @irenethemachine – Hand sewn wallets and pouches for SBD

Viggi Handmade accepts SBD for her hand sewn wallets, pouches and zero-waste party decorations.

What is amazing is that 20 trees are planted for every item purchased at Viggi Handmade! You can enjoy spending your SBD for quality handmade products, support a fellow steemian and help the environment at the same time.

You can browse Viggi Handmade products at:

https://homesteaderscoop.com/store/viggihandmade/

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Viggi Handmade has already added a few wallets to her product line at the time of this writing (I have a feeling more are coming soon :). I am really enjoying the patterns and beautiful craftsmanship.

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Learn more about Viggi Handmade’s passion for sewing and supporting the environment at her store: https://homesteaderscoop.com/store/viggihandmade/