Category: Vendors

HSCO Featured Vendor | Meet “Mountain Jewel”.


Hello again from @SenorCoconut,

This week, we’re going to ask a few questions to reflect the ethics and ideologies of one vendor at HSCO: Mountain Jewel. (@mountainjewel on steemit)!

Building a community is about clear communication and the willingness to support one another. As Homesteaders Co-op (HSCO) grows, we must keep in mind that the complexity and diversity of its moving parts may also expand, so here we are helping this free market stay running smooth together.

We found it essential for the good of everyone to highlight the vendors of the HSCO market place. Wouldn’t be nice to know the individuals and families offering their goods and services a little more?

Every week vendors are featured on the web site. As a community, we thought that every week, we should feature these vendors here on the Steem blockchain (@HomesteadersCoop) to give everyone that much more exposure.

It takes a village to raise a child, because when people help eachother life is easier for everyone involved.

Without further ado, here are a few question I’ve conjured up… let’s meet Mountain Jewel:

SenorCoconut: I have followed your journey on the steem blockchain since the beginning, and you’ve both been such an inspiration to me in terms of homesteading, self-reliance, and permaculture. Can you talk about what brought you to create Mountain Jewel?

Mouintain Jewel: First of all, thanks for having us on this interview! We love Homesteader’s Co-op and the community that is forming around it.


Ini smiling with flowers of our favorite native, Paw Paw.

We created Mountain Jewel out of the inspiration of the abundance of the Earth – and how so many things of the earth like fruit, flowers, mushrooms and the interactions between all of the creatures really are jewel-like and should be honored and treasured as such. We want to highlight this in our increasingly earth-disconnected society. We’ve both been so touched by the Earth, we wanted to create a haven for this to be demonstrated so we could enjoy it and others can experience it. It’s also important to create sanctuaries for wildlife habitat and Mountain Jewel is this, too. It’s our goal to create perennial edible systems of abundance and diversity that really knock people’s socks off and which conjur up as Rumi says, that there are a million ways to kneel and kiss the ground! We’ve written quite a few articles on this topic and here are a few if people want to read further:
Our Journey to Becoming Homesteaders
Why We Homestead: Through Thick & Thin
Vision & Dreams Behind Mountain Jewel

SenorCoconut: I was just looking through your website, first of all, congratulations on your upcoming strawbale house build, I’m sure it will be tons of fun!!! Secondly, thank you for the mountain of free educational material on your blog. In relation to your natural medicines and plants found on HSCO’s marketplace, can you walk us through your thinking process and what kind of intentions you’ve set for these products? Feel free to talk about any other product or service you may be thinking of selling in the future.

Mountain Jewel: Thank you!! We are really excited about the build and it’s currently getting into full swing with the foundation of our straw bale home!


Ini standing at the new house site on a ladder dreaming of the possibilities

With our homestead offerings, we again are showcasing and spreading the abundance of the Earth. All of our products are grown from the earth upon which we walk every day and many of them are self-replicating species that are naturally making more of themselves every year.

They are high vitality, nutritionally rich and easy to grow species (like berries, jerusalem artichokes & nettles) which we believe anyone can put in their backyard!

As our homestead expands and matures, so will our offerings. In fact, next weekend we’ll be vending at the Baker Creek Spring Planting Festival and selling berries galore (all of which naturally replicated themselves on our homestead), compost worms (again, reproducing like mad), among others. There is a theme here and it is that we do not live in a naturally scarce world, but we modern humans take part in an economy based upon scarcity. I believe it’s very healing to associate with things of the Earth that show us that this was not always the way and indeed isn’t the only way we must live upon this earth. Our products enable other people to grow these plants and enjoy and witness this abundance themselves.

SenorCoconut: I think we’ve agreed before that the pollution and destruction humanity creates, has put us on a dangerous path that seems to lead to human extinction, if we don’t change our ways “yesterday”. You guys obviously do a lot having an off grid homestead. If you don’t mind talking about it, Could you give us a couple examples of how you reduce your carbon footprint?

Mountain Jewel: You’re so right, we are not steering society in the right direction. This is a harsh reality that we have come to unerstand through study and experience and this has motivated us to be more concious in the ways we live out our lives.

We are ever mindful of the role that trees play in sequestering carbon, and about 15 acres of our land is and will continue to be woodland. This is important for more than just carbon cycles as it promotes and attracts a diversity of wildlife. In an area where it’s all too common to “slick off” (bulldoze) forests to create pastures that require inputs to maintain, preserving and tending a woodland is a powerful act.

We produce 100% renewable energy with solar panels. We didn’t want power companies making decisions for us, nor did we want to run generators so for the first 2 years we simply went without. Many of or tools (including a small chainsaw and strimmer) use battery power which allows us to manage and work on our proprety without petroluem inputs.

A major step we are actively taking is focusing on perennial agriculture. This means less soil distrubance, more carbon stored in the soil and more biomass sequestering carbon every year. Focusing on hardy adaptable species means less work for us and more ecosystem services that our land offers to the bioregion.

We seek to build with local, durable, and salvaged material whenever possibe to reduce the footproint our structures create in the production, transport, upkeep and disposal of these materials. In our upcoming house build, more that 90% of the wood is locally sourced from less than 20 miles away. This is in opposition to lumberyard wood that is grown in Canadian plantations and is dependent on chemicals and a large amount of fossil fuels that get it to consumers.

Our straw bales are grown locally (sequestering more carbon) and we will be protected by a combination of local subsoil (clay) and lime. Our building strategy is to build a stable, well insulated home with high thermal mass that won’t need much inputs in years to come. Build it once and build it right. We will also be harvesting and storing thousands of gallon of rain water harvested from the roof.

Obviously we are growing as much food as we can and eat almost 100% local meat from animals we’ve raised, bartered for or hunted. Our food purchaing choices are based on what is available locally, but we do certainly import organic staples.

Lastly is our effort to share our experiences, skills and knowledge with others so that more may live in alignement with Earth. We need all hands on deck here and the more information that is out there, the more opportunities we all have to create a better tomorrow.

SenorCoconut: Most I’ve talked with or heard speak of permaculture have their own “specialty”, something they like to practice more, something they’re better at. What do you think your favorite permaculture principles are and why?

Mountain Jewel: I agree, permaculture is such a broad ecosystem and most have a niche they fulfil. What comes up for me is always considering how one element can serve multiple funtions. When we plant or encourage “helper” plants like nitrogen fixers or dynamic accumulators, our choices are heavily influenced on how many functions each plant has. Take for instance the permaculture superstar comfrey. Not only does it accumulade a wide range of mineral in its leaves and stems, but it also is a great pollinator, invaluable medicince (for wounds, strains, bruises and broken bones), offers edible green for humans and animals and makes a great fertilizer. We are always finding ways to get as many uses out of the actions we take or elements we add into our systems.

We talk a lot about the principle of using small and slow solutions. Being an almost 100% human powered homestead, there are a lot of ways to appreciate this principle. No machines to dig for us, no tractors to plow, often no trucks to move loads of materials. We are thinking long term so we start small and set succession in motion, we (and others) will reap the rewards for years to come. A few clover seeds scattered before spring rains ripples into a much greater effect of improving soil, attracting pollinators and creating a permanent living mulch. Taking our tasks bit by bit make the mammoth task we are undertaking possible.

SenorCoconut: You have a wonderful internship program, giving people the opportunity to learn to care for a place like the one you’ve built. You’ve said that your homestead is dedicated to living in alignment with natural rhythms, calling it a Center for Earth Connection, can you please tell us more about what this means to you?

Mountain Jewel: What a great question! Yes! I brought this up a bit in the earlier questions and that is the notion of Remembering Abundance. There have been moments of pure joy when I am around the sheer abundance of the earth- think of a plant at maturity giving off thousands of seeds. Before that it was a beautiful flower in bloom and bees and other pollinators enjoyed it, and we did, too! When we align with these natural rhythms we can remember this for ourselves and embody it, sharing it with others and healing the wounds of scarcity – the fact that many humans work all of their lifeblood energy into making money to simply live upon this earth.

With increasing disconnection and basically “living on top of the earth” with the green “backdrop” of unknown plants, modern humans do well to learn the language of the earth once more. Through learning plants and differentiating that green backdrop a species at a time, through picking and eating a fresh fruit warmed by the sun, sleeping with the sounds of coyotes howling, frogs sounding, waking up to birdsong, breathing and drinking pure air and water, these are all connective activities and they balance out and heal our disconnection from the earth. We want to provide a space for people to do these things and remember what a delight it is to connect with the earth and how healing it is in its simplicity. That’s our Center for Earth Connection. Along with all of that, we practically teach the skills associated with Permaculture (how to live in connection with the earth; what patterns and activities are beneficial), Natural Building, Gardening, Perennial Agriculture, Wildcrafting and Foraging, Herbalism and more. We, as a species, once were very connected with the earth and these are tools to be connected once more. It’s an empowering lifelong process – one that brings much joy!


Wren in the woods connecting with nature in New Mexico, one of our favorite places.

With the internship we are hoping on sharing some of the wonderul ways we can work with the Earth. We have both learned a lot from others and we believe there is no substitute for hands-on learning. The skills mentioned above are absolutely necessary for a sustainable society and more people need to embody them. As the homestead evolves, there will be more and more for folks to see, touch, taste and experiece and the goal is to feed souls through inspiration and empower through education.

I want to thank you for taking precious time out of your day to answer these questions, you make me dream… what I mean is that you confirm that my vision of creating a sustainability education center is possible (and not completely crazy 😲).

Education and empowerment are both really great aspects of your work on your homesteading journey. Lately I have been on a trip to reconnect with the earth and it’s been very eye opening, so I really love that you’re on that path and teaching others about it.

Thank you @Mountainjewel, for letting us have a peak into your life, your answers were more than inspiring to me 😁, the best of luck with everything you do and enjoy the strawbale house build!

For those of you who would like to look at her shop at HSCO here a quick link: Mountain Jewel!

Thank you so much for reading and stay tuned for next week’s featured vendor… Same time, same place!


PS: Special thanks to @Riverflows for the graphics on that first image at the top of the post 💚 and of course @Homesteaderscoop for being an awesome community!

HSCO Featured Vendor of the Week | Meet “Elamental Earth”.


Hello, it’s @SenorCoconut once again,

Today, we’re asking a few questions to reflect the ethics and ideologies of one vendor at HSCO: Elamental Earth (@ElAmental on steemit)!

Building a community is about clear communication and the willingness to support one another. As Homesteaders Co-op grows, we must keep in mind that the complexity and diversity of its moving parts may also expand, so here we are helping this free market stay running smooth together.

We found it essential for the good of everyone to highlight the vendors of the HSCO market place. Wouldn’t be nice to know the individuals and families offering their goods and services a little more?

Every week vendors are featured on the web site. As a community, we thought that every week, we should feature these vendors here on the Steem blockchain (@HomesteadersCoop) to give everyone that much more exposure.

It takes a village to raise a child, because when people help eachother life is easier for everyone involved.

This interview a bit differently as it is in video format.. yeah DTube!!!! But for those of you who aren’t into watching videos I have highlighted and paraphrased @ElAmental‘s answers below.

Without further ado, here are a few question I’ve conjured up… let’s meet Elamental Earth: Click pic or link below to play

▶️ DTube

Question 1 (0:30 sec):
Tribe, Music, Earth Deeds, Gardening and I see a lot of art coming from you too. Can you tell us what drives you to create so much?

Tapping into esoteric realm for ispiration, I have been creative since a young age… once it’s time to create, it’s time to cteate!

Question 2 (4:30 min):
Looking through your steemit blog one can see you care tremendously for our planet. In your store bio at homesteaders co-op, there’s mention of your products being created using the most eco-friendly processes available, can you explain to the audience why this is important to you please?

We use organic unbleached cotton… and soon we’ll use hemp. We must know the importance of herbal dyes because we are transdermal creatures.

Leading by example, creating in ways that aren’t damaging to the planet, the community or the people that are interacting with the products.

I want there to be nothing but positive energy influence and substance into all my creations.

Question 3 (7:20 min):
I would like to talk a little bit about Earth deeds. It seems to be an initiative that can influence a lot of people to be more eco-friendly. Could you tell us about what “Earth Deeds” is to you? How did it come to fruition and perhaps what were your intentions when it all started?

The idea of #Earthdeeds started when I was fixing a flat tire, using a plug. The point was to avoid the “trickle down domino effect” of the factory fabricating a new tire when this one can be fixed instead of being discarded.

Posting about the things we do to help the environment influences others to report on what they do to save the earth.

The ultimate goal for #Earthdeeds is to increase the planet healing effect of what you’re already doing for Earth.

Question 4 (11:20 min):
I’ve seen some wonderful “how to” videos on growing cannabis, you make it look easy. As the world is slowly getting out of thinking this topic is taboo, can you please inform us on how cannabis (under its many different forms) can change our world? What kind of environmental impact could it have?

Growing cannabis is more difficult than it seems, there’s a lot to know and it is recommended to apprentice under a “Master Grower”.

“Backyard Cannabis” is a series that was started recently and it is a sort of a “growing for dummies” video guide.

Hemp to reverse the green house effect and save the wolrd by Jack Hairer, explains the whole idea behind hemp and how it could benefit the planet.

In short hemp/cannabis can save the world.

Question 5 (19:20 min):
You’ve used the term “eco-conscious practitioner“, can you tell us what that is and how it reflects to your everyday life?

It’s about living a life and having daily actions that are allined with environmental activism.

I don’t litter and sometimes I intentionally go out to pick up trash, I recycle.

Money from returned bottles goes into a water tree to have a reverse osmosis 9 stage remineralised water.

Being an eco practitioner simply means living your life in the best way possible that helps the earth. Being aware of how your everyday life effects the environmen, improving the effects and decreasing your carbon foot print.

We don’t have to change the whole world, start with our own world…. once a lot of people’s world change they wil connect and we will change the whole world!


I may have buchered that last thing you said in the video a little but that’s what I got out of it and I do believe it is true, the most important change starts right at home!!!

Thank you for taking this inteview, it was great to have a peak into your life. You are definitely a Eco Warrior… I know a lot of people talk the talk, but judging from your blog and everything you do with Erth Tribe and Erth Deeds we can also see that you walk the walk too!!!

Keep up the good fight…

Please do have a look at what @ElAmental is doing, through his blog and if you like to have eco-concious items in your wardrobe do have a look at his HSCO Shop

Thank you for reading and/or watching, I sincerely hope you found some inspiration for sustainability 💚. Have a good day and untill next time…

HSCO Featured Vendor | Meet “Crescendo Of Peace”


Hello again from @SenorCoconut,

Today, we’re going to ask a few questions to reflect the ethics and ideologies of one vendor at HSCO. Crescendo Of Peace. (@creascendoofpeace on steemit)!

Building a community is about clear communication and the willingness to support one another. As Homesteaders Co-op grows, we must keep in mind that the complexity and diversity of its moving parts may also expand, so here we are helping this free market stay running smooth together.

We found it essential for the good of everyone to highlight the vendors of the HSCO market place. Wouldn’t be nice to know the individuals and families offering their goods and services a little more?

Every week vendors are featured on the web site. As a community, we thought that every week, we should feature these vendors here on the Steem blockchain (@HomesteadersCoop) to give everyone that much more exposure.

It takes a village to raise a child, because when people help eachother life is easier for everyone involved.

Without further ado, here are a few question I’ve conjured up… let’s meet Crescendo Of Peace:

SenorCoconut: In the description of your online shop with HSCO, you’ve explain how your Art, Food and Medicine products are made, can you tell us about your thinking process and what kind of intentions you put into your creations? Feel free to talk about any other things you will be selling in the near future.

Crescendo of Peace: For the most part, as odd as it may sound, I like to let the work define itself. What I mean by that is that I don’t always plan out my creations, but allow my intuition, or my muse if you will, to choose the direction I take, and the materials or ingredients I use.

This has served me well throughout my life, in cooking as well as making art, and a lot of things I’ve learned to do simply by trying to see if they would work. And, more often than not, they have, though there have also been a share of projects I’ve had to seriously tweak before they came out as I wanted. It’s an evolutionary process, as is life.

One example is my shagbark hickory syrup. When our forester first mentioned it to me, I had never heard of it, and it took some searching online to find a recipe, which I then used as my starting point.

Over the years, however, I’ve gone with my intuition and altered the original recipe substantially, so that the syrup I make today is nothing like the first batches I made, and it keeps getting better and better. And it bears little resemblance to the commercial hickory syrups with which I am familiar. It is much deeper, richer, and more complex.

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As far as intentions are concerned, my intentions in art, cooking, natural medicine, writing, and pretty much everything else are similar: I endeavor at all times, and in all ways, to be a part of the solution, rather than a part of the problem. I don’t always succeed, as I’m a fallible human, but I succeed a lot more often than I would if I didn’t try.

Another intention that goes along with that is to create in such a way that is not harmful to the environment. Again using hickory syrup as an example, I collect all the bark here on my place, so I know for a fact that nothing has been sprayed on or near these trees for at least nine years.

I prefer collecting fallen bark, which is usually plentiful after a storm or high winds, and when I do collect directly from the tree, I collect only bark that has naturally separated from the trunk, and is ready to come off on its own. In that way I am not harming the mother tree, nor opening wounds that might lead to infection or infestation, thus shortening its’ natural lifespan.

Similarly, when collecting herbs, vegetables or fruit, I take care not to harm the plant in the process, to take only what I need, and if needed, to do any pruning that the plant needs to grow better.


I go by the rule taught to me by my grandmother, when collecting from plants in the wild; always leave some for the birds and animals, some for the next forager, and some for the plant to remain healthy and strong. Unless there is a life or death emergency, never take it all, as that is disrespectful to the plant, to the othrcreatures in its environment, and to nature.

SenorCoconut: This next one may go hand in hand with “intentions” but I would love to hear about the desired outcome you’re looking for in selling handmade or hand-picked product. How are you looking to connect with your customer base?

Crescendo of Peace: I look to connect with people human to human, soul to soul. What else is there?


My overall desire is that people learn more about plants and grow them, that they learn more about health in order to grow healthier themselves, and that they expose themselves to more art, literature and music to feed their souls and become happier.

And time in nature is always time well spent.

When I owned my art and framing studio in Florida, several of my customers liked to just come hang out, as they liked my vibes and the vibes of my place, which was filled not only with art, but also with plants and animals.

I’m basically a friendly person, I like people and generally steer clear of drama, so I’ve been called a calming influence, and some came by just to chill. My personality type is that of a peacemaker, and has been since childhood. Ideally my customers will become friends over time.

Additionally, I consider myself to be accidentally in the position of educator, just because I’m interested in a lot of different things, and I’ve amassed a fair amount of knowledge over the years. I was also blessed with parents who nurtured and encourged that part of me, so I try to do that for others, where I am able, and to give them any information I think is important for them to know about what they are purchasing in that moment.

As an example, if there is a story behind how I got started making a particular item, I often share that, if I think it will interest them. If the materials or ingredients are rare or uncommon, I share that information, and often a lively conversation begins from there.

Or, more obviously, if they are purchasing heirloom seeds or a kombucha kit, I give the needed instructions for them to succeed with them the first time, and every time.

SenorCoconut: Looking through your blog on steemit and your shop description on HSCO, you strike me as someone who really loves life, but also someone who is well aware of the damage we (humans) are creating to our planet. I think we can agree that through all that pollution and destruction, we’ve put ourselves on a dangerous path that could lead to human extinction if we don’t change our ways. Without getting political, can you tell us your stance on “carbon footprint”? And if you don’t mind talking about what you do to help reduce human impact.

Crescendo of Peace: I went to college to become a marine biologist, and part of why I did not continue on that path is that, as an empath, what I was seeing happen to my beloved marine environment and her inhabitants was breaking my heart. Most of my charitable giving goes to environmental causes, and has since I was a teen.

I grew up in coastal California, and spent much of my adult life in Tampa Bay, Florida, both of which are squarely on the environmental front lines. And in both states, despite glib talk by those in power, building permits are still being granted for sites with delicate and irreplaceable habitats, against scientific recommendations and plain common sense. Housing developments are being built in the Everglades, which is a travesty, and more and more water-hungry lawns keep popping up all over the desert Southwest.

Individual humans can be incredibly intelligent. Governments, large and small, are generally not.

As for reducing my own human impact, despite loving children, I chose against having children of my own. It seemed the kindest course of action overall, to them, and to the planet. I am sorry for depriving my parents of grandchildren.

So my children have fur, feathers, fins and scales, and lots and lots of needles and leaves. I’ve planted well over a hundred fruit and nut trees and bushes, so far, along with numerous perennial and self-seeding herbs and vegetables, and I’m getting ready to start several patches of culinary and medicinal mushrooms. And I’m just getting started.

Increasing the diversity on our place has always been one of my primary goals, as the more diverse the species being grown, the less likely that there will ever be a catastrophic crop failure . . . in any climactic situation, something is bound to do well, or at least adequately.


The massive monocropping that’s been going on for the past hundred years or so is nothing more or less than idiocy in action, even without the toxic GE crops and chemicals. Any decent gardener knows that if you grow a whole bunch of any one thing, without a break, you’re setting yourself up for a constant battle against the pests that like that crop, while providing zero habitat for beneficial insects and birds that would prey on those pests and keep them in check.

In Florida, for example, over sixty precent of the agricultural land was planted in citrus, with predictable results. Yes, there is still a lot of citrus in Florida, though nowhere near as much as there once was. Most of the large groves are being hit with citrus greening, which is a fungal disease that is threatening the entire industry, which took hold because there were so very many susceptible trees being grown in close quarters.

But I saw a video a few days ago by a man who was filming in Brooksville, Florida, about an hour north of Tampa, showing dozens and dozens of vibrant, healthy citrus trees, mostly tangerines, that were completely unaffected by citrus greening.

They were growing wild. These were bird-planted trees, growing as understory in the dappled shade beneath much-larger oaks, with lots of other species all around, and they were thriving on neglect, with absolutely no input from humans of any kind.

So. Acre after acre of citrus trees are being chopped down and bulldozed due to citrus greening, when the real answer isn’t monocropping, chemical and antifungal sprays, but intercropping with lots of other species, allowing nature to be nature, and allowing life in all her glorious abundance to thrive. And the cirtus trees can thrive along with them.

This is the beauty of permaculture and forest farming.

Earth and all of nature has amazing and humbling regenerative abilities. We fallible humans simply need to get the heck out of the way and allow it to take place. Now.

SenorCoconut: You mentioned that you are regenerating the native plant population and restoring your woods. Could you please go into details on how your products reflect the overall health and balance you wish the environment to have?

Crescendo of Peace: Among the products I will ultimately have in my store are living plants and seeds, fresh and dried herbs, herbal tea blends, tinctures and extracts, and more, none of which would be possible without a healthy and balanced environment in place.

My little corner of the southern Appalachians is second growth forest, as the old growth forest was chestnut-oak-hickory, which was changed forever when the American chestnut was wiped out by chestnut blight, a fungal disease introduced by planting ornamental chestnut trees from China and Japan.

Yet another example of idiocy in action: we wiped out the foundation tree of the Appalachian forests, as literally one in every four trees was an Americn chestnut; along with generations, communities and entire lifestyles, all for the love of a foreign ornamental chestnut from China. That worked out well.

The loss of the American chestnut may have also been the final nail that sealed the fate of the passenger pigeon, as chestnuts constituted the majority of their diet. Wholesale and unrestricted hunting didn’t help either.

So one of the goals closest to my heart is to bring back the American chestnut on my place, to bring back the chinkapin and hazelnut, also affected by introduced blight, to repopulate the understory plants, herbs and fungi that were here prior to European settlement, and to establish my place as a living seed bank for the Calfkiller River ecosystem, and the larger Caney Fork floodplain into which it drains.

Thus far I’ve planted three Dunstan chestnut trees near the road, as Dunstan is a hybrid of roughly 7/8 American and 1/8 Chinese chestnut, reputed to be immune to the blight. One of them died back almost immediately after leafing out the first spring, and never resprouted. The second did fine that year, but died back the following year, but did resprout from the roots. The third has never died back.

Oddly, though all three trees had remnants of blossoms when I bought them, none have bloomed here in the three years since planting. They are just now beginning to leaf out.

As an experiment, and in hopes that it may help to confer some immunity to the blight, which may well be why these trees are failing to thrive, I will be planting horseradish around their base, as horseradish is antimicrobial, antibacterial and antifungal. I have two varieties of horseradish, and will be planting three of one variety around chestnut two, and three of the second variety around chestnut three. Wish me luck.

In the meantime, I’ve ordered 24 germinated Dunstan chestnut seeds, along with five seedling American hazelnut trees, which tyically grew in close proximity to the native chestnuts. I am hoping that we can introduce these chestnuts at the edges of our woods, in areas where we take out trash trees, and along the river, which if successful will provide a lot of food for wildlife, as well as us, and be a step toward reclaiming our woods for native species.

A further goal is to establish a series of medicinal gardens devoted to worldwide systems of care, such as an Ayurvedic garden, a Traditonal Chinese Medicine garden, a Native American medicine wheel garden, and so on, with the most important food plants as part of each medicinal garden. These will be situated in what is currently our front pasture area, near the road.

I would ultimately like to reclaim some additional land that has been clear cut, strip mined or otherwise environmentally trashed, and bring it back into productivity with an intelligent succession of native plants, with the ultimate goal of establishing highly productive mixed chestnut woods that will act as additional living seed banks for the surrounding areas.

This could be a real and highly effective way of ameliorating the horrific practice of so-called mountain top removal, which has destroyed so many previously pristine areas in the Appalachians.

And, ultimately, I plan to record and document everythign I’m doing as it is being done, to discuss what is working well and what needs to change, and to leave guidelines for others who follow to be able to follow in our path, and to create similar systems wherever they find themselves.

The final goal is to leave a charitabe foundation in the hands of a capable board willing to continue the work long after I am gone.

SenorCoconut: It seems you have chosen a more “earth friendly” path than most, and I’m sure it shows on your mini farm, I would like to know how you encourage and influence your neighbors to lead a more environmentally responsible life?

Crescendo of Peace: I live in a farming community, and most of my neighbors are fairly responsible already from an environmental standpoint, as they live close to the land.


That said, I readily share what I know, the unusual plants and techniques in which I think they may have an interest, and they already know that I garden organically, that I recycle like a madwoman, and that we generate very little actual garbage as compared with most households.

I have tried to educate a few on the dangers of Round-up and glyphosate, with mixed results, as not everyone is open to new information. So I do what I can, but I don’t shove my own beliefs down anyone’s throat, as all that does is alienate the very people with whom I am trying to build a cooperative alliance.

I do do my best to share those practices not requiring chemicals as an alternative to the Round-up. Hopefully some listen.

I’m a big believer in sharing and giving to others, and most of my immediate neighbors have received gifts from me over the years ranging from wine jelly to hickory syrup, hot soup, fresh eggs, heirloom seeds, and even seedling apple trees. And several neighbors have returned the favor, including one neighbor who has given me several plants I absolutely love, including heirloom hydrangeas and a couple of gorgeous blooming cacti.

I had the great good fortune to buy land surrounded by great neighbors, and I do my best to be a good neighbor in return, whether that takes the form of watching someone’s animals when they are away, helping them learn how to better use their computer, or simply bringing my dog inside when he starts barking at night.

And my neighbors have let me know that they have my back, keeping an eye on my place when I’m away, or when they know I am here alone, and they have helped to make me feel very welcome and at home.

Bottom line, being a good citizen really does come down to the Golden Rule, treating others as we want to be treated ourselves, and that’s how I try to live my life, albeit imperfectly. And it’s a great life overall.

I want to thank you for taking precious time out of your day to answer these questions, and what an inspiration you are! I am truly impressed with your answers, I have learned quite a few things…for example shagbark hickory sirop and the dunstan chestnut tree, a hybrid reputed to be immune to the blight, are things I had never heard of. You are a wealth of knowledge!

I wish everyone could take another look at the golden rule and perhaps apply it to their way of life.

Once again, thank you @crescendoofpeace for letting us have a peak into your life, it was a pleasure to read 😁 and good luck with all your projects!

For those of you who would like to look at her shop at HSCO here a quick link: Crescendo Of Peace!

Thank you so much for reading and stay tuned for next week’s featured vendor… Same time, same place!


PS: Special thanks to @Riverflows for the graphics on that first image at the top of the post 💚 and of course @Homesteaderscoop for being an awesome community!

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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Sunflower in Flight – Art Print

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Crescendo of Peace – Unusual and Heirloom Plants and Seeds, Natural Remedies, Arts and Crafts

@crescendoofpeace has dedicated her life to sustainability. As she joined Homesteaders Co-op I was amazed to learn how honest and transparent she is about her life decisions to pursue sustainability from a homestead in Tennessee. I am really appreciating her dedication to help others learn the knowledge she has gained.


@crescendoofpeace now accepts STEEM and SBD for Unusual and Heirloom Plants and Seeds, Natural Remedies, Arts and Crafts, Ingredients Locally Wildcrafted and/or Grown Without Chemical Inputs, Always non-GMO.

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

I learned the value of healthy eating, natural healing, and avoiding pharmaceutical drugs whenever possible from my dad, my mom and sisters, my grandparents and friends, and from my own experience.

On our mini farm in Middle Tennessee, we live as lightly on the land as possible, and I am endeavoring to create a vibrant, thriving and self-sustaining permaculture food forest and orchard.

Additionally, I am working to bring back as many of the valuable culinary, medicinal and pollinator-friendly native species as possible, that have been locally lost or become quite scarce through logging, overharvesting, or simply by human carelessness and/or being crowded out by non-native invasive species.

We have lived on our current property for over seven years, and we know for a fact that it was never sprayed for at least the two previous years before we bought it, so we are nearing ten years with zero chemicals being sprayed on our growing areas. This is a wonderful thing.

You can browse @crescendoofpeace‘s products at: Crescendo of Peace at Homesteaders Co-op

@crescendoofpeace is based out of Tennessee, USA and ships domestically or worldwide depending on the product! (Homesteaders Co-op is an international marketplace)


Currently Crescendo of Peace has uploaded one product, Witch Hazel Extract, but I expect there will be more products as the season ensues – stay tuned!

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.

Some of the most popular uses include stopping the bleeding of minor cuts or scrapes, as one of the finest and quickest-acting treatments for diaper rash and other skin rashes, as a skin toner, as a mouthwash to heal canker or other mouth sores, as a final mouth rinse after brushing teeth to heal bleeding gums, as a gargle to help prevent colds and/or flus, as a replacement for carrier oil when making natural insect repellents with essential oils, and much, much more.

Learn more about Crescendo of Peace and browse her products:

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


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)

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!


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


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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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


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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Sunscapes Soap Shop – Natural, Handmade Soaps

@sunscape has brought her handmade, natural soaps to Homesteaders Co-op! Her soaps are made in small batches, by hand with lots of love. What I find amazing is the myriad of soap creations limited only by @sunscape‘s imagination and creativity. There is surely a soap for everyone here; men, women, children, allergy sufferers and vegans!


@sunscape‘s products are not limited to soap bars. She also offers scrubs, cleansing sprays, baby soap and bastille soap. Be sure to check out all of her offerings!

@sunscape now accepts STEEM, SBD and USD for Handmade Soaps


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

I am delighted to bring my soap & soak creations to the Homesteaders Co-op. I focus on using all-natural oils, butters, essential oils, clay, herbs, flowers, sea salt, and of course fragrances too in all the products I offer. It is my passion to be creative, and inspirational to others by enjoying Mother Nature’s beautiful bounty while making the handmade creations to nurture your skin. Be sure to enjoy some of Sunscapes Soaps today.

All of Sunscape’s Soaps & Soaks are full of skin-loving oils, butters, clay and natural glycerin, with skin-safe, high quality fragrance and/or essential oils that make up a variety of soaps, scrubs, bath soaks and often essence sprays. Sunscapes Soap Shop has a large vegan-friendly line of soaps and products for those that enjoy a Vegan lifestyle.

Our soaps are handmade, hand cut, and cured for 6 weeks minimum before being offered for sale. The colors in my soaps can range from natural botanical powders, spices or infused oils to natural mica and pigments that have had Mother Nature’s heavy metals removed. This allows me to create beautiful, enriching, Artisan skin safe soaps for you to enjoy.

You can browse @sunscape products at: Sunscapes Soap Shop

Sunscapes Soap Shop is based out of New York, United States and ships within United States! (Homesteaders Co-op is an international marketplace)


Learn more about Sunscapes Soap Shop and browse their products: