While we sit in our cozy earthship, watching the bright sun shine deep into our home, we acknowledge with gratitude and appreciation what Creator provides for us, protecting us from this -40C cold snap is a bonus! The cold, frigid air has gripped the land while those who are dependent upon the grid start giving thanks to the grid and their corporate masters for all the gas, oil and coal they need to keep warm. There is a lot to be said about learning how to live off the land, be independent and homesteading for 12 years and counting.
While I've dedicated the last 17 moon cycles to this blockchain, I've dumped a life time of knowledge and experiences here as well. Making the transition to living on the land can be challenging and for those who want to support people like us in our efforts to lead by example, purchasing our services, goods and healing modalities is a beautiful way of showing that support.
Then Creator opened a door for us though an angel and dear friend @earthmother. She sent us a link a few days ago pointing us towards https://homesteaderscoop.com, put together by the team @homesteaderscoop. She did not have to say a word as she knew the site can speak for itself. When I found out that the site was tied into the Steem blockchain, did not want to be a middle man, has no fees for being a vendor or for transactions, but instead just wanted to curate the vendors, encourage homesteading and facilitating relationships, well the choice to join was easy to make.
This is exactly the type of infrastructure that my wife and I are looking for in our efforts to barter and trade with others. This platform empowers the connection between people without corporate greed or interference. As a result, homesteaders now have a better chance competing with the corporate machine that can pump out widgets pennies on the dollar. Amazon and some of those other giants want a slice of the pie, but not the fine folks at @homesteaderscoop!!!
I am very impressed with the idea and if our vendor status is approved, I will share more about our store front, products and our experiences with this site. I am giddy with excitement and I look forward to interacting with people all over the world as they explore our offerings. To be able to connect with others in an open and free way is what the new paradigm is all about.
Look for the vendor 'Tawatinaw Spirit" as that is the name Carey will work through. Tawatinaw is a Cree word which means 'His mouth is held open', fitting as her offering of medicine, tea and other healing modalities will be a part of her offerings.
A note to others who are looking for ideas
If somebody made an app that allowed people to ship products much like people do when hiring Uber or other sharing coops, I think you could give Canada Post, UPS, Purolator and some of the other big guys a run for their money. The power must always remain with the people and the more we can build our own infrastructure and become independent of the corporate machine, the faster we can heal this planet, each other and our relationships.
Freedom comes from that healing process and finding ways to be independent. Homesteading is, by far, the best path towards freedom, health and prosperity. By supporting homesteaders, we all benefit as the next round of people moving off grid can accelerate the process. What took us 10 years to do, the next group can do in two!
I applaud the fine folks behind @homesteaderscoop, especially @sagescrub, as this idea rings deep in my heart. Bravo for taking the step towards independence, freedom, health and prosperity. Bravo for walking away from greed and finding a way to be in service to one another. I love the idea and I pray they accept our request to join as a vendor. I would love to spend time indoors setting this all up for my wife while the trees crack due to the extreme cold.