Winter being here and the days becoming unnoticably longer, we’re planning bigly for spring. One of my most anticipated plantings will be the blackberry bushes that arrived in the mail today!
I noticed yesterday that Wren from @mountainjewel had tried to email me a while back and ask what variety I preferred. I haven’t checked my email in about two months, and am lucky she contacted me on discord. Melissa (my wife) specified the sweeter variety, Triple Crown. Wren also graciously included a fifth plant, a Chester variety to add a bit of biodiversity that all permies love.
Five blackberry bushes! I had planned on four, and decided on locations for two. Guess I need to make up my mind, huh?
The contents also included some sunchokes. Four tubers of two varieties from their own garden that they said they’d send after reading my Permaculture Playing Cards post on sunchokes a few weeks back. The varieties are Pink Crispy and Lola sunchokes, and we’re very excited to put them in the soil. Melissa for the pretty flowers, and me for the food!
Woo, what abundant blessings from their permaculture homestead to ours. And all for just a 25 or so SBD.
I have said it before, and I suppose I’ll say it again: ordering on Homesteaders Co-op is a breeze. And now, @sagescrub has added USD compatibility with PayPal for those vendors who choose to also accept fiat currency.
I couldn’t be happier with my second order from @mountainjewel with the Co-op and I hope others are able to order soon and support this movement as well.
Be blessed. Be fruitful. Stay relevant.
Where the heck is a soapmaker?
I’ll be back soon with a big idea. Co-op community involvement is about to go through the roof, y’all be sure to follow and stick around 😉
@nateonsteemit is a budding permie in North Texas. Family man and welder by trade, his goals inside permaculture are the advancement of Liberty and saving a few bucks. Check his intro to the Co-op here.
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
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.
@drapis is one of our newest vendors in our steem marketplace! Based in Portugal and shipping internationally, DrApis produces high quality organic honey.
@drapis‘ honey products are quite beautiful. In fact they are presented extremely professionally. One of my first questions to DrApis was “How big is your company?” It turns out they are a hard working husband and wife team dedicated to quality honey and ethical treatment of bees.
@drapis now accepts STEEM and SBD their fine organic honey and related products
Learn more about DrApi’s dream of quality honey, working with nature and view a video of their pristine wildflower fields in this post by @drapis
In their own words (borrowed from their Homesteaders Co-op store):
Warm greetings from the land of wildflower and cork oak prairies. Me and my bees have been harvesting these fields for some decades. The amazing environmental properties of this little corner in south Europe are unique.
What used to be a forest of cork oaks, was converted to grain fields during the dictatorship. The whole region was then known as the “Portuguese Barn”. Nowadays, with EU open market economy, grain is no longer interesting. These fields were finally converted to cow pastures. No pesticides or fertilizers are anywhere to be found. Uncontaminated fields and fields of wildflowers, cork oak trees and cows.
Where intensified or industrial beekeeping would harvest all the bees’ work. Making them feed on sugar water instead of honey. However, it seems sugar fed bees are unhealthy bees. After some time, colonies always need some kind of exo treatment, or nutrients and vitamins. In the end, nothing can be compared to the original, authentic, natural process.
Regarding the beekeeping style, nothing better than mother nature to dictate what’s best, and who’s fittest. Apart from varroa destructor (mite) prevention, our bee’s contact with man barely goes beyond harvest time and the occasional check up. Which one could consider minimalistic compared to today’s standards.
The nectar, pollen and resins from our amazing flora are rich and vivid. Together with a minimalist approach to beekeeping, it brings up high grade aromas, sweetness, textures and taste intensity. Premium, first hand, completely raw, unprocessed, from mother nature. Time to share it with you.
Here we are, @mountainjewel, bringing you Part 2- our side of that transaction and what it’s like for the vendor!
Thornless Blackberries for Nate and his family ready to be packaged
First off, @sagescrub has done a fantastic job making this very easy for us. In fact, it’s so easy, I get an email in my inbox letting me know when someone makes a purchase! As the prices are now automatically updated based on the current price of the different currencies, there’s no work for us there on that end and the payment goes directly into our Steem Wallets (he is working something out for PayPal in the future.)
Transaction is transparent and stored on the blockchain’s impermeable ledger making business dealings clear, indisputable & efficient.
It’s as simple as any other marketplace, really. We’ve also sold on Etsy and Ebay and it’s comparably streamlined!
Packing & Shipping
Once the order comes in, we start packing it up! For Nate’s order that meant checking in with him on which Thornless Blackberry Variety he wanted – he said “the tastier one” (or rather his wife had)!
Usually Ini does this part. I tell him which ones have been purchased and he gets them and bags them up for me. We double check the order and seal it up.
Homesteaderscoop.com makes it easy for vendors to check their orders and find the buyer’s address and email easily.
This time we threw in an extra blackberry plant (per our Holiday offering!) & some extra freebie Sunchokes for Nate as he’s sooo stoked on them and on growing his permaculture planting, we wanted to contribute!
Sunchokes, Pink Crispy (pink ones) & Lola (nobby ones) thrown in as a bonus!
Next we ship them out and update the order information on the website confirming that we shipped them and adding a tracking # (just like we do on Etsy or Ebay).
Decentralized Community Supported Business
But this is better than selling on Ebay or Etsy. We know the Steem Community and it’s a great group of people.
While doing business online, you never know who you’re going to interact with. We’ve had buyers who have lied to us (on whether they received their order) and other interesting dealings. It’s great to do business with people within the community. There is a degree of reputability in the mix and also the desire to be good to one another. This can transform “business as usual.”
We’re all doing our best here to make the process as friendly and easy as possible. It’s kinda like sending something to family- there’s a real feeling here that everyone wants each other to succeed and thrive and it’s an honor to provide goods that our community members desire!
It’s been great that @sagescrub has been so flexible receiving community feedback about @homesteaderscoop! They have been incredible to work with and that same community vibe has been flowing with them making this more than a business venture, but truly a new model, as can be seen in this post written by @sagescrub through the Co-op where they talk about this new model. Do yourself a favor and give it a read! How do we heal our relationship with money? Community.
Hello steem, @sagescrub here, founder of Homesteaders Co-op. I have asked our contributors (of this blog) to introduce themselves, as they feel inspired. Being that I am also a contributor I realized I should do the same! I have introduced myself a few times here on steem before. However, the context of this introduction is less about my homesteading life and my personal journey and more about my personal interaction with Homesteaders Co-op.
I am going to start from my heart by saying that Homesteaders Co-op has personally been a life changer for me. Being involved in creating this community marketplace has helped me overcome a few emotional and spiritual blocks in my life that have been lingering and stumping me for quite a while.
When a man wants to make an improvement in his life but doesn’t know how to get from A to B but doesn’t know how it an be a frustrating thing, especially when those blocks affect not only myself but others around me.
I was faced with an ethical decision very early on in the evolution of the Homesteaders Co-op. A few of our community who were early beta testers of the website will remember this, as well as @pennsif. They may not know the significance of how the decision I made in my life (well they will after reading this) but they witnessed and participated in the choice of the direction the Co-op would go.
The decision was whether money would be my primary driving objective in building this business or not. In some context money can have a pretty good hold over my emotions. Logically it is easy to see money simply as a tool to help me reach some goal. But emotionally there are clouds of feelings that come up about wanting more money for more security. There is a hunger that is hard to quench, easy to write off.
Homesteading has helped me learn about generosity. It has always been difficult for me to part with money in an act of generosity. Gardening, farming and homesteading taught me the joy of sharing food. I learned that nature abundantly provides and that it is human nature to enjoy sharing. I made an effort to continue sharing food from the gardens I tended with not only family, but friends, acquaintances, even strangers.
Why can’t my relationship with money be like that? Nature wants me to act in generosity. Homesteaders Co-op is symbolically helping me to take a leap of faith in letting go of some of my attachment to the need to try to satisfy my hunger for securing money.
I understand that money is not a bad thing by itself. It’s true, I do hope that one day I can earn money from Homesteaders Co-op, because in many ways it is already a dream job. Now, however my desire for our vendors and also our contributors to have some earnings, whether small or significant, is much greater than my desire to earn money for myself.
The choice that I made was to serve my community rather than seeing them as customers. Suddenly Homesteaders Co-op was not a business, and it has become a tribe with community goals. How will this go? Where will this lead? I don’t know. Letting go of the attachment of wanting to control an outcome for financial gain has given me the freedom to enjoy walking into the unknown, rather than be paralyzed by the fear of failure.
This change, while perhaps trivial for some, was huge for me. I am overcoming some challenges that have been with me since a young age. I see that my attitude and inspiration has had a positive effect on the folks involved in our Co-op. I am very glad for this, it is a good foot to start off on.
These actions and commitments to our friends at @ghscollective, @naturalmedicine, @ecotrain, now @tribesteemup as well as other communities I haven’t listed here, even steem at large (for anyone that feels affinity to @homesteaderscoop) has given me great pride. Serving people I love, respect, admire, over serving myself gives me great, deep satisfaction that I had been longing for and didn’t even know it. Funny thing is, that ends up serving me in the end with this deeper happiness that I have found.
I feel lucky because my web design and programming skills from my past life, my love for homesteading and my excitement for steem has come together and allowed me to share an idea that has blossomed into a beautiful shared vision.
Frankly I am grateful for steem, for the tribes and the people here that have encouraged me to open more, heal more, share more and be more myself.
If you’ve been following me for a while you’ll know I don’t post many pictures of myself. Well, I did a lot of that on social media in my 20’s (I am in my late 30’s now). Looking back at it I had a lot of fun posting photos of myself. But I don’t have that desire so much anymore. I’d rather have my words speak for me and share snippets of how I appreciate the world through photos.
But I also know the value in relating to each other not just through words, but being able to see, hear, smell, touch each other. So I chose to share this photo now.
I tend to write with a fairly serious tone here in steem, but I am actually often quite goofy in person 🙂
I took this selfie 2 years ago while I was wwoofing at a forest garden homestead in Northern Washington, to share with my parents. They had just emailed me, I was playing a podcast, happened to look down and saw a photo of what they were doing and wanted to share what I was doing that very moment, several states away!
I was weeding a garden bed and I had a pile of weeds next to me. I grabbed it and shoved it in my mouth to pose for this beautiful selfie. Aside from being ridiculous its also fitting because around the same time my friends and I played a game where we each decided what our “hippy name” would be if we named ourselves. Mine was Eats the Weeds. Because I love to include weeds in my diet.
Well this photo is also special to me because I let go to the moment. I didn’t care about what anyone thought of me and just did what was fun in the moment. If I can wake up in the morning, look in the mirror, and see that smile in my eyes I’ll know its going to be a good day.
If this was a professional business blog I probably wouldn’t be posting this photo. But I feel perfectly comfortable sharing it here. I consider you all my friends and extended family.
Thank you for allowing me to journal here today as I introduce myself. Now that I have written what I have written and shared what I have shared it suddenly occurs to me that I want to carry 2 personal intentions going into 2019:
Let go to the moment more = more smiles in the mirror
Keep sharing from the heart because it feels really good
And from a Homesteader Co-op and steem at large community perspective I would like to carry the intention into 2019:
Maintain the spirit and intention of giving and letting go that has helped our co-op start off with lots of love and excitement.
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.
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.
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.
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.
@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
Soon The Little Worm Farm will also be offering Black Soldier Flies for more composting goodness, more garden fertility options!
I’m David, or as I made myself known on steemit: @stortebeker. I’m here to introduce myself as a contributor to the @homesteaderscoop. What it means to be a contributor, you ask? The way I’d put it is: sharing posts as part of this co-operative with the idea of bringing people together in a community: vendors and buyers, readers and writers, folks who have something in common, and folks who have something others need.
Stumbling Across the Homesteaders Co-op
I came across this co-op only a few days ago. Even though I had been part of the @ghscollective, and other homesteading groups before that, I wasn’t aware of this recently created project. The reason is simple: I was barely on-line these last months. I just completed a three-month-long bike journey, following a six-month-long Earthship building project, during which my connectivity was so sparse that I was happy to publish a post or two in a week (scroll down on my blog if you’re curious about them). But other than that I was barely active on steemit. Now that I’m back home again, I’m seeing all these wonderful projects that have shot out of the ground, most excitingly the Homesteaders Co-op.
The Best Thing for a Coin is Circulation
I’ve always felt that what a currency (crypto or otherwise) needs, is being accepted as a means of exchange. This is why many coins fail, no matter what lofty ideas they represent. So seeing this on-line marketplace, where you can buy and sell stuff for STEEM or SBD, was just like when I first heard about that major on-line retailer for books – and other things was selling gift cards for Bitcoin. Awesome!!! The big difference here, of course, is that the products at the Co-op are all home-made, natural, sustainable, and small scale. Wow, I’m still getting goosebumps just thinking about it.
Let Me Get Behind It!
So I decided to get involved, first by just curating one of their latest articles. Then I delegated some SP to them, even though at the moment I’m still un-delegating what I’d let others use for upvotes while I was gone. But never mind, this is certainly an effort I want to support. Just this morning I had a chat with @sagescrub who asked me if I wanted to contribute to the blog. Most certainly I do, but before I start getting into deeper topics, a few words about myself.
The Facets That Make Me Up:
As I said, I have been involved in homesteading groups since the first day I joined steemit. The topics of sustainability, permaculture, natural building, healthy nutrition, off-grid living, DIY and making things at home, as well as community building have always been close to my heart. Even though I live in a city (one of the biggest, most crowded, and polluted cities in the Americas – Mexico City) I have been practicing aspects of urban homesteading, the ones that are feasible in a small apartment: vermicomposting, mushroom cultivation, making kombucha, kefir and water-kefir, and growing spirulina.
What started out as an experimentation of what is possible soon evolved into a budding business, when I was invited to participate at a newly created producers’ market, selling probiotic drinks. Most beautifully, the connections I’ve made there helped me create various win-win situations, which I wrote about in one of my earlier posts.
And Now Moving on to the Homesteaders Co-op?
So now, it almost seems like the Homesteaders Co-op should be the ideal next step. The question is, how and in which way? My immediate plan is to make my first purchase and gain a direct experience on the shipping fees and times, which has been a bit of a concern for me. Then, I want to get even more involved, by becoming active as a vendor. Sending bottles of kombucha around the world might not be the best idea, however there are some other things I’d like to look into. But let me come back to that.
What I can promise for now, though, is sharing thoughts and ideas, musings and stories, here as part of the co-op. So stay tuned for more post by me, shared under @homesteaderscoop.
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!!!
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.
Hey y’all, Nate here again, ready to talk about money!
The world runs on money, right? Til just recently, I think I’d join a lot of people in saying that that system kinda (okay, really) sucks. A weird notion coming from a die-hard capitalist, huh? Well, that’s because I’m an ethical capitalist. People and community are always before money, just as in permaculture:
Those are the permaculture ethics. They’re in that order for a reason, and as permaculturists, we need to recognize them and their order.
Now, I’m not here to talk politics (such a divisive and counterproductive subject usually), so I do need to point out that permaculture is an apolitical system with no heirarchy except as implied in the ethics. Permaculture doesn’t care if you’re left wing or right wing or wherever. As long as you align yourself ethically, you’re welcome here. That’s why this co-op has an emphasis on sustainable goods and is based heavily on the Steem community. Without those two requirements, what else is there to distinguish us from the unsustainable conglomerate down the street?
That’s also where crypto comes in. For the first time in a long time, we have access to a medium of exchange that is simple, available, and equitable. We have an economical ecosystem here that has lent itself to support of a community, rather than a heirarchy that we didn’t expressly consent to.
We have an outlet now for truly ethical commerce and we want to share it.
We’re here to build and support this earth first and foremost. Without that requirement, how is a system sustainable? Secondly, we’re here to build and support our community. Without people, there is no market; no economy; nowhere to make progress. We need people. And that market space is where we share by our own standards of equitability.
Ethical money. Ethical food. Ethical markets. Ethical community. That is what Homesteaders Co-op is about.
I appreciate y’all reading this far. That’s one awesome step. But the main step is to join me in conducting ethical commerce at Homesteaders Co-op. For example, go check out our newest vendor of ethically produced medicines, @ofsedgeandsalt on her Vendor Page. I’m sure she’d love to have you as her first customer through the Co-op.
Be blessed. Be fruitful. Stay relevant.
@nateonsteemit is a budding permie in North Texas. Family man and welder by trade, his goals inside permaculture are the advancement of Liberty and saving a few bucks. Check his intro to the Co-op here.