Earth Skills Gathering

February 18th!

My Nephew is 2 years old today and we are all nearly 2 months into this new year!
It has been a mad dash!
So much has happened just recently in these cold wild months.
We have been meeting many locals with similar interests (see our “sites worth visiting” page”).
In addition to meeting active locals, we went to an Earthskills Gathering down in Florida!
For this event, hundreds of people set up a little village within the Little Orange Creek Nature Park.
Within this village there were days of workshops wherein people received in person experience with the skills that can compose an independent more self-sufficient lifestyle.
It was wonderful to see all that was taught but heartbreaking that one couldn’t attend everything.
We managed to attend
>Stalking and Primitive Hunting
>A Mushroom Talk and Walk with Mycol!
>Rocket Stoves
>Seven Song’s Herb Lectures
>Leather Working
>Natural Hygiene Products
>Caring For Bees and Honey
>Permaculture Talks
>Physical Therapy
>Agricultural Hand Tools
And more I’m sure…
We managed to get plenty of discussion time with informed people outside of workshops as well_
So, we were flooded with information and inspiration.
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What an amazing group of people.
How great to meet an entire village of people desperate to live more harmoniously, less destructively.
How great to meet all kinds of people at different stages of that journey_ from starry eyed college kids newly introduced to these concepts, to the seasoned “Swamp Man”.
A worthwhile trip.
But, the workshops did not seem to end with the Gathering…
Visiting Olivia’s parents we got a tour where they have begun homesteading themselves.
We talked about digging wells, security, ponds, tree houses, bartering, and so much more for hours on end.
On the way home, we traveled mostly rural roads discovering the wealth and diversity of agriculture which still remains throughout this country, from Florida to South Dakota.
During the drive, we listened to Prodigal Summer, by Barbra Kingsolver, which seemed to weave all that we had been learning and experiencing within a poetic narrative which just soaked into our bones.
Our second night was spent at Nick’s maternal family’s farm in Nebraska. Where talks with his uncle revealed so much about agriculture finance and infrastructure. The most exciting was to find out how he was beginning to shift away from chemical use by trying out cover crop techniques.
And now we’re home. We’ve all the materials for a green house ready for assembly,
and all the resources we could wish for to host our own kind of “Earthskills Gathering” all day, every day, year round.
It’s exciting.
We might not be Swamp Man or Kellie Nightlinger.
But, we’re on our way.
Like so many others.
Blessed with the opportunity.
Be well everyone, thanks for reading.