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Home. It’s something I take for granted and usually don’t spend much time thinking about in an abstract way. I love our home. I love making our home feel comfortable and welcoming. I love cooking, cleaning, gardening and organizing (okay, maybe not cleaning so much). But what does “home” mean to me? I hadn’t given it much thought until I recently spent a delightful morning with Harriet Fasenfest in her home. As we drank coffee, walked around her garden and waited for the impromptu coffee cake come out of the oven (maple, blueberry and quinoa – YUM), we discussed the concept of home and what it really means to make a home.
For those of you not familiar with Harriet, she is the author of the book The Householder’s Guide to the Universe and a self-described Farm Wife. Harriet has spent a lot of time thinking about home and what it means to be a home maker. She is working on her next book which examines the history and modern implications of the home economy. Listening to her talk about the history of land ownership, the relationship between the global market economy and the home economy, and the devaluing of the culture of home, I began to have a new appreciation for what a “home” really means.
Harriet has spent the last few years working closely with small farmers in the area. She has traded her householding skills for farm fresh fruits and vegetables. She has learned to put up a pantry that provides delicious, nourishing food for the year. She has analyzed, tweaked and codified her methods for making a home and is now ready to share the wealth of information she has put together and talk to others about what it takes to make a home economy work.
For the next six weeks, Harriet will be hosting a working group that will come together once a month to read, discuss, analyze and philosophize on the topic of the New Home Economy. The groups will be held at the shop and at Harriet’s home. If you’re interested, check out the class page and register for the AUTHOR’S SERIES | Returning Home: The Practice, Principles and Art of the New Home Economy. I look forward to meeting fellow householders and sharing experiences, methods and new ideas. The first class is this Sunday. I hope to see you there!
We are so honored and excited to announce a new series of classes by Harriet Fasenfest. The author of Householder’s Guide to the Universe and the DVD Preserving With Friends is offering these classes in conjunction with the authorship of her new book Remembering, Re-Imagining and Returning Home. For more information on this series and to register, check out our class page. Also, read her new blog post here.
Welcome home or to the start of your return home. Hopefully you will join me for the full trek because I believe our homes, and the home economies that support them, will offer us comfort in the years ahead. I believe we are facing hard times and that finding a softer, kinder, more resilient way of confronting them will be necessary if we are to hold onto our hears. The negative results of our economic policies are picking up speed and we are seeing the breakdown all around us. Which is why creating homes and lives that are somewhat buffeted from the storm will be important to our emotional, spiritual and economic resiliency. At least that’s how I see it; otherwise, I would not have bothered to write this book. Others seem more willing to believe that a “local” economy will keep the reach and demands of the global economy at bay. Some imagine what is needed are a few new rules, taxes and incentives and that using the market place to put a price on carbon or to invest in alternative energy will create new jobs and a healthier environment. Some say it is Wall Street, moneyed interests in politics and crony capitalism that is the problem while others posit it is capitalism itself that has muddied the waters of a civil society and suggest a wholesale systems change. Though I applaud and agree with many of these efforts, my own tact is to focus on how creating a home economy can offer solutions that are not only strategic and life affirming but within reach of our own hands and hearts.
Posted in Events | Tuesday, October 7th, 2014
I would like to extend a heart-felt “thank you” everyone who made our first annual Harvest Fair such a success…
to Beth, who heard ‘we should do something fun to celebrate the end of the season’ and planned a day of music, games, crafts, storytelling, cider pressing and competitions. Weeks of planning and organizing were well worth it, and just remember – it’ll be easier next year.
to the home canners, fermenters and crafters who were willing to share their hard work and bounty for our competition. I can’t tell you what a joy it was to see those beautiful jars of jams, jellies, kraut, relish, pickles, chutneys, kombucha, soda, lotions, and bath salts lining our table and knowing that they were made right here in our community, by our neighbors, who live in the city but hold tight to the tradition of growing, preserving, and making by hand.
to Harriet, Gabe, Isla, Barbara and Saundra who ogled, sniffed, prodded, and tasted every entry in our homecrafting competition. After seeing and tasting the entries myself, I acknowledge that you had the best, and toughest, job of all.
to Zach and Jamie who managed, in just over three hours, to press 150 pounds of apples into the most delicious cider while laughing, chatting and explaining the workings of the cider press. Thank you both for being so generous with your time.
to Jen, Jessie, Emily and the rest of the staff who gave their time, talent, humor and patience in helping bring this event together.
to the musicians whose gift of music kept us all singing, dancing, and tapping our toes. You were wonderful and deserve to be on the charts.
to Ashley and Ethan of Feastworks who shared their handcrafted sausages and pretended not to notice that I came back three times for more samples. We’re so glad you’re in the neighborhood and that your delicious bacon and charcuterie are only steps away from our door.
and finally, to everyone in the community who came out to celebrate and share one of the last beautiful days of summer with us. Without you, we wouldn’t have a reason to celebrate.
And now for the winners of the competition:
Jams, Jellies and Preserves:
1st – Wendy Posson
2nd – Sarah West
3rd – Paschal Black
4th – Chris Chulos
Pickles, Chutneys and Sauces:
1st – Marianne Colgrove
2nd – Sarah West
3rd – Pam Henderson
4th – Chris Chulos
1st – Sarah West
2nd – Justin Moran
3rd – Scott Bates
4th – Alan York
Fermented Vinegars & Vegetables:
1st – Wendy Evans
2nd – Saundra Kamman
3rd – Corrie Heath
4th – Corrie Heath
1st – Mary Benson
2nd – Gretel Page
3rd – Liz Fouther-Branch
4th – Corrie Heath
Canned Goods Presentation:
1st – Juanita and friends
2nd – Wendy Evans
3rd – Gretel Page
1st Nina Lyle
Posted in Events | Sunday, July 10th, 2011
It’s reassuring to know that somewhere in the arctic tundra, tucked safely in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault are thousands of seeds ready to share their genetic wealth when the world needs it. I shudder to think of the numbers of native varieties of plants that have become extinct over the years; our genetic diversification becoming that much more narrow. And as important as the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, the National Plant Germplasm System, and other seed saving systems are, what’s most important is that we, as individuals, start taking the initiative to fight the further loss of genetic diversification.
It sounds like a daunting task, and in a way it really is. But, when everyone works together, it can be easy and fun. It can be a Seed Exchange! So we’re calling on all gardeners and farmers to start saving your seeds to share with others. Here’s how it works: we provide the materials and space, and you provide the genetic diversification.
Beginning in August, we will have a table set up in the garage with various jars, envelopes, bags, labels, spoons, and markers. For those who are new to the art of seed saving, there will be a couple of guides to explain proper seed collection, cleaning, and storage. If you have an abundance of rare, heirloom, or open pollinated seeds, bring some in to share with others. If you are looking for some seeds to plant in your own garden, come in and take what you need. It’s all free and it’s a great way to expand your garden selection and meet your neighbors. In other words, it’s a win-win.