Homesteading Month Brings Country Skills Workshop to Today’s Abundant Living

| 11/5/2012 10:35:00 AM

Jim and Holly Smith, founders of Today’s Abundant Living, sent us this great review of a Homesteading Education Month open house and country skills workshop they hosted at their Happy Homesteader SheepMichigan homestead. 

We had just moved into our home and were busy getting things in order when one evening my wife, Holly, decided to take a break and relax with a cup of tea and the latest copy of MOTHER EARTH NEWS. She had not had this opportunity in months. That is when she discovered International Homesteading Education Month. She came to me with delight and disappointment. There were only six weeks until the end of September and Homesteading Education Month. Certainly we could not make plans to participate this year…or could we??

Holly and I are the founders of Today’s Abundant Living, which was originally born through the challenges we overcame during Holly’s breast cancer diagnoses and journey to wellness. It is our great passion and desire to teach, guide and coach as many people as will take this journey with us to live a life of health and simplicity. Our sincere hope would be to empower others to take hold of their Abundant Life and influence those around them to do the same, and together build a community of wellbeing, and vibrant living! 

However, we had just moved into our new home. Our composter wasn’t finished, we didn’t have a single raised bed prepared, our greenhouse was still being used for storage, and our yard, although it was one of the main reasons we purchased this home, was a disaster in need of much work. Yikes! How could we possibly participate this year?

Happy Homesteader bandWe decided to move forward and we made plans for a fairly simple event. We named it: Homestead Open House and Skills Workshop. We selected a date: Saturday, September 29th. Then we went to work. We used the preparation of our yard as the basis for our demonstrations.

At our event we taught our guests how to build a composter and how to prepare a vermicomposter. We readied our greenhouse for use and offered printed material explaining the process. We displayed sheep and goats and offered demos on spinning and bee pollen collection, as well as food dehydration and other healthful food demos. We displayed pictures in our “Rose Rehabilitation Garden” and explained the process that we were going through to save the terribly neglected roses that we found buried under mounds of weeds as well as the organic principles we are implementing to reclaim our new yard. We offered some simple refreshments, asked some friends to share their gift of music, while another friend shared free chair massages. There were even drawings for valuable prizes that were donated by local businesses. We were set for what turned out to be a wonderful event.

Holly Saliba Smith
11/28/2012 2:16:29 AM

Thanks karen. It was so nice to meet you. We also enjoyed chatting with you and look forward to seeing you at future events :)

Karen Burke
11/9/2012 11:20:58 AM

I had a wonderful time at the Workshop! I learned a lot, enjoyed myself, met new people who have the same interest as I, but more important I feel you both did a very excellent job on sharing your knowledge with us. Thank you! Looking forward to more from you!

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