Several times this year I had us (meaning myself and you readers) all write down dreams, goals, things we want to change in our lives, things that we are holding onto, things that we need to start in order to get our dreams to unfold before us. For anything you desire or wish for will come to fruition. Once you put it out there and start planning, it is a done deal. For us, we longed for a place with more land. We had truly run out of space at our adorable rental house in town on two-thirds of an acre. We even dug up the driveway last year to plant more corn and herbs! Our goats yelling at people walking by and the veritable farm right there in the middle of town was definitely a show-stopper and amazingly fun but we were ready for the next step of our journey. We prayed and planned though we had no idea how it would even be possible. We had no money and no credit but we needed a bigger farm and a smaller, quaint homestead with more off grid possibility, and a place where we could use the homesteading skills we had acquired over the years on our practice farms.
A brief, out of nowhere call from our landlords telling us they needed to sell the house (it looks to be going into foreclosure though) and a trip down Craigslist way and bam we were staring at our dream home. A tiny hundred-plus year old homestead filled with memories and history on ten acres for rent complete with goat pens and chicken coop, fenced garden, clothes line, wood cook stove, and views for miles. Nothing is impossible with God indeed! All for half the price we were paying in bills at the old place.
There is one more piece to this dream we have concocted. A school. I have taught Certified Herbalist Courses for about five years now. For two years I have taught sporadic homesteading classes in our cramped kitchen. Soap making, cheese making, fun skills like that. I enjoy making medicines, but the retail side of it needs to stay small and intimate, helping people directly, so it’s not enough to get us through financially. That, and teachers must teach. We go crazy if we don’t!
Before now I have just offered homesteading classes here and there and have not really promoted them properly but I am now in my place where I can really make this dream come true. So, I looked at the coming year’s calendar and made a schedule. I had already written down sometime this year all of the classes and event we could offer. I proceeded to take a leap of faith and make this dream come to life. I guess you will see along with me what transpires!
There is a tab on the menu above that reads “Homesteading School”, all classes and events are posted there. They are also posted on my website http://gardenfairyapothecary.com and there is a place to pay for and sign up for classes. I am really excited about this! Perhaps I will be able to meet some of my readers at a farm event or class.
What dreams are you working on this year?