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International Homesteading Education Month 2014

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International Homesteading Education Month 2014 is presented by Mother Earth News and Grit, "Neighbors helping neighbors building more self-reliant communities." Several countries and many states have already listed their events for this year. If you cannot travel far, there are two local to Greenville, South Carolina.

The first is to be held to the south of Greenville in Mineral Spring Park on Main Street (Highway 20) in Williamston, SC 29697 on October 4, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will feature free classes, exhibitions, demonstrations, and an opportunity for networking and community building. There will be a farmers market and venders with "plants, seeds, books, soap, chickens, quail, food preservation and homesteading supplies, and more."

Admission is free as well as vendor space upon application approval and as mentioned all classes are free. This is the 2nd Annual Homesteading Festival sponsored by the South Carolina Organization for Organic Living. Email
rebecca@scorganicliving.com with questions.

A second event will be north of Greenville in nearby Asheville. The Ashevillage Institute & Urban Farm School, Buchanan Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801, offers many days of learning from September 7th through September 30, 2014. Take the Urban Permaculture Site Tour, learn about root cellars and drying racks, go mushroom hunting, learn how to make "Kimchi & Kraut, Mead & Wine, Cheese & Yogurt, Kombucha & Kefir, Tinctures & Teas, Dried & canned foods, Hot sauce & vinegars, Chutneys & Salsas, Pickles & Pestos."

On Tuesdays work with their site partners at farm projects. Experience eco-living at the Ashevillage Sanctuary community. Gain homesteading skills from passionate "fervent fermenters, foodies, wild-crafters & herbalists" in an immersive learning experience and share their healthy, tasty food.

If you have a homesteading skill you can demonstrate, have installed solar or wind power or other energy saving devices, or want to schedule an open house to help other local homesteaders get acquainted and share what they have learned, add your own event to the event page. Create a Facebook page to promote local activities. Groups can hold local fairs and exhibitions. Individuals can register as a potential speaker with the new Speaker Finder page. The website's Event Host Resources page supplies a How to Host an Event packet plus the logo to use on flyers and posters or embed in emails, e-newsletters, blog posts and websites.

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