The first thing I want to share with you is a huge highlight for us—Olin and I were featured in The Tennessean!
Here’s a sneak peak from the article:
“The couple is among a growing number of Nashville-area residents homesteading or experimenting with the lifestyle. They grow their own produce, make their own bread, gather eggs from their chickens and pollinate and protect their crops with bees and other insects instead of relying on herbicides and pesticides. It’s part of a larger shift to sustainable living, fueled by a desire to eat natural, chemical-free foods, to live frugally and to return to a simpler life.”
A few years after shifting our lifestyles completely and moving to our own farm, we realized a disturbing fact:
Most of the population today is 3 – 5 generations away from a farm.
The closest the majority of people come to a farm today is listening to their grandmother tell stories at Thanksgiving about staying on her grandparents’ farm when she was a little girl!
Even more, home economics courses are no longer offered as frequently to our high schoolers, taking them further away from understanding what it means to work with our resources and live simply. Think back, did your high school offer a Home Ec class?
That’s why Olin and I are passionate about sustainable living education. It’s just not offered anymore!
We believe that God has called us to the unique vocation of sharing with others what it means to live simply, whether that’s a family being inspired to start their own homestead after attending our Annual Farm Conference or someone who lives in the city taking part in our summer U-Pick Gardens and learning what it means to pick—and enjoy!—fresh produce.
Sustainable Living Classes
One of the ways we share our 14 years of sustainable living knowledge is through our classes at Stoney Creek Farm. These intimate, hands-on classes are intentionally kept small so that each attendee is given the opportunity to ask questions to our instructor and really get to know the other class attendees. And maybe I’m biased, but these classes are a whole LOT of fun, too!
It’s time to get back to the basics: to learn what it means to work with our hands, appreciate our resources, and live in a way that honors this amazing earth. Living more simply is a fast-lane to peace… after spending just about my whole life in the high-paced corporate world, I can testify to the calm I now feel from pursuing a sustainable lifestyle!
No matter if you are hoping to start your own farm or if you’re perfectly comfortable in your downtown apartment, our classes can benefit you!
Our next class is our Lifetime Skill Class: Quilting with Rosetta on March 9. More details on both of these classes below!
We also offer classes each year on these topics:
- Canning 101: Preserving Your Own Healthy Food
- Sourdough Bread and Cinnamon Rolls Class
- Probiotics with Kefir
- Make Your Own Kombucha for Pennies on the Dollar
- Healthy Juicing
- Healthy Whole Grain Bread Making
- Healthy Cooking Classes (includes plant-based meals, vegan, etc)
- Gardening 101
- Eliminate Pesticides by Attracting Beneficial Insects to Your Garden or Landscape
- Introduction to Beekeeping (Honey Bees and Solitary Bees)
Learn how to Quilt at our Next Class!
Looking for a skill that you can pass down for generations to come?!
Join us on Saturday, March 9 to learn how to quilt with lifelong quilter Rosetta Sommers!
She’ll teach you all the quilting basics that you need to know to get started with your new creative hobby. You’ll also take home a small project to begin your own quilting journey!
All supplies are included, along with a large embroidery hoop for the small quilting project.
Anyone 12 years or older is welcome to join! Why not make this a family activity?