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We moved to beautiful, mountainous Western North Carolina one year ago today. It seems like a good day to look back and reflect on the year. Our primary goals for coming were to find land for our homestead and learn all we could about sustainable living. Well we haven’t yet succeeded in finding our land though that’s not for lack of trying. It turns out perfect land is elusive! 🙂
On the “learn all we can” front we’ve made somewhat more progress. In the past year we’ve taken classes or received instruction in:
- weaving, spinning, knitting
- wood turning, furniture making
- intro to permaculture, permaculture plant selection
- homemade moisturizers, lip balms and deodorants
- natural hair care (no “poo” shampoo)
- herbal first aid, herbal medicine making
- D.I.Y. solar, D.I.Y. oil lamp
- humanure (just like it sounds but not gross, really)
- intro to botany, planting for year round food production
- raising chickens, raising fiber animals
- bee keeping and homesteading
- vermiculture (worms!)
This does not include the countless books and articles on natural home building, passive and active solar power use, homesteading, herbal remedies, humanure, permaculture, woodworking, raising goats and chickens. Some results of this learnin’ include 2 ply yarn, a shaker style table, no purchased shampoo or conditioner, wood planting boxes, woven bags, a knitted washcloth, stinging nettle tincture and an ever increasing harvest of worm poo for our patio garden. Whew!
I fear that if we cram any more knowledge into our heads without an outlet (Universe, may we please have our land soon?) we are going to burst! But as I’ve heard recently “fears faced fade” and so classes are already scheduled in wild food foraging, basket weaving, a specialty crochet technique and timber frame construction. Here’s hoping that on our 2-year anniversary I’ll have something to say about the practical application of all this knowledge on our homestead. That is if we don’t forget it all by then!
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