This homesteading life with Sarah Stutzman
March 29, 2021
Jade Miles & Catie Payne
Come with us to a homesteading, homeschooling farmhouse in Pennsylvania where the days start early and the blessings are abundant.
Grab a yellow chair on the porch (to the tune of morning crickets) and meet Sarah Stutzman, the down-to-earth powerhouse behind Wellfolk Revival, a place to meet belly to belly and up-skill yourself, your kids and your community.
This is one of those rocking chair chats that offers a glimpse into someone else's world; their daily habits and ways of thinking. Their challenges and triumphs. Their personal paradigm.
And even if you don't aspire to be a modern day homesteader, this convo could very well revive whatever latent life dreams you've got hiding in there. Time to action them?
- Raising kids in a “new normal”
- The value of community sufficiency
- What is homesteading?
- Her childhood on a Christmas tree farm surrounded by exotic animals before moving to life in a subdivision
- Accidentally homesteading via a desire to know where her food came from
- Using skills to teach people how to start a garden, grow their food and take baby steps
- Building community
- Resources needed for up-skilling
- Craving community
- Bringing people around the table to learn
- Pivoting business around Covid
- Eating organ meats and head cheese
- Embracing the chaos and imperfection
- Blowing the romance perception and keeping it real
- Be the ripple effect by inviting people to your real house (messy and all) at any time and encouraging them to share their new skills with others
- Getting the kids involved so the foundations to hold them during the rebellion phase are strong
- Letting kids feel their own way and encouraging them to learn through mistakes
- Getting past our own failures, focus on our successes
- Integrating with the local Amish, traditional farmers and new wave of micro farms
- Reconciling the process of taking life to sustain our own nutritional needs
- Counting the things on your plate that you have a connection to
- Avoiding the throw away mentality
- Using the ENTIRE animal to honour the WHOLE and not just the best parts
- Looking for the blessings in between the constant hard work
- Nourishing our bodies with good food and our minds with beautiful things
- Stopping and embracing the simple moments as a measure of success
- Seeing success through the eyes of a child
- The power of pulling out other people's gifts and talents
- Avoiding the overwhelm of the emergency by doing the small things every day
- Haste makes waste so just make pace
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