Fun & Exciting Stuff – Starting to Sift Through the Survey Results

I’ll be mining the newsletter subscriber survey results for a long time, there’s so much good information about community interests in there that will help guide Spring Creek Homesteading’s work over the next few years.

As a first look at what local homesteading people are thinking about, here’s a summary of the first 58 responses to the question:

Please list topics for up to four workshops that, if offered, you would be interested in attending.”

  • Advanced Bread Baking
  • Aiding local insect and animal populations as weather changes
  • Alternate energy or appropriate technology topic (including home energy, transportation, equipment) at a moderate to advanced level
  • Animal powered farming/cultivation
  • Anything with meat đŸ™‚
  • Apartment composting
  • Backyard chickens: caring for them
  • Baking
  • Basic carpentry skills
  • Basic or advanced cooking
  • Basics of French Cooking
  • Basic permaculture ideologies
  • Beekeeping
  • Bike repair
  • Bread-making
  • Building a grape arbor structure
  • Community tool library
  • Candle making
  • Canning and preserving
  • Cheese-making
  • Cleaning and carding raw wool
  • Cooking using seasonally available local foods
  • Converting cooking oil or grease into fuel for cars or heat
  • Crop rotation made easy
  • Cured meats
  • Dealing with increase in local pests (mosquitos, ticks)
  • Deterring squirrels in the garden/yard
  • Dutch oven cooking
  • Edible spring wild plants
  • Energy efficiency
  • Exotic Mushroom cultivation
  • Fermenting – drinks and foods
  • Food Prep
  • Gardening soil additions
  • Gardening
  • Group Canning Sessions (a series)
  • Hands-on canning workshop
  • Herb gardens
  • Home brewing
  • Home repair and maintenance topics
  • How to grow all your own food and store it all year long
  • How to use a backyard smoker for trout, barbecue, etc.
  • Lotion Making
  • Making homemade salves and ointments
  • Marketing strategies
  • Milk jug greenhouses
  • Morels – gathering
  • Native plants
  • Natural cleaning supplies
  • Natural fiber dyes – growing/harvesting and using
  • Pickup truck sharing
  • Plant grafting
  • Preparing fresh foods
  • Pressure canning
  • Preserving herbs/spices (or other garden foods)
  • Retooling for non-fossil fuel energy sources in affordable ways
  • Root cellars – building and using
  • Sewing
  • Small ruminants
  • Soap Making
  • Soup making with several types and the recipes for them
  • Starting hops/hops yard
  • Straw Bale construction
  • Straw bale gardening
  • Tie-dying
  • Top bar beehives – from construction to first bees
  • Rain barrels
  • Reducing backyard runoff
  • Vegetable gardening
  • What to plant where based on soil
  • Wine making

and

“Apart from informational resources, reskilling workshops and potluck socials, what other activities would you like to see Spring Creek Homesteading organize or participate in?”

  • I think it’s pretty damn good as it is. I would hope that eventually Spring Creek Homesteading will help stimulate and be part of a wider local movement to experiment with alternative economic models (e.g. worker-owned businesses), including the creation of local light industry. But I don’t think SCH needs to do everything!
  • I really appreciate the community organizing efforts, whether that is keeping people informed of local issues, or small grant opportunities.  I’d like more info on fundraising opportunities (opportunities to give) for future grants or initiatives.
  • I think SCH is a great thing and I’m glad to be involved in it.
  • I don’t really have any other activities to suggest.
  • Keep up the great work!!!
  • THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU ALREADY DO!
  • Perhaps you could join with Lemont Village summer Friday night concerts or other groups to expand SCH’s reach.
  • Keep up your support/involvement with the Friends & Farmers Cooperative..thanks for that!!
  • I need to get involved, first!
  • Community Tool Bank
  • Maybe have a booth at a farmer’s market for information
  • Occasional joint activities with other communities
  • Just keep doing what you are doing. Listening, adding, re-evaluating. Thank you so much for all you do.
  • Garden tour, green home tour, tool library.
  • Work groups for tree planting (in forests) and invasives in the habitat cleanup
  • Sustainable energy co-ops for solar and wind generated power
  • Seems like you are doing a great job as it is.
  • Bike rides
  • Hikes
  • Local restaurant tours
  • I’d like to see Taproot Kitchen take off or be integrated with Friends and Farmers Co-op
  • That seems like work enough and good work at that. There has been good work on this front, don’t try to do too much and reduce the quality of content. There are a lot of other organizations that you post updates to that already do a lot of work on some of the fronts you seem to want to expand to.
  • Perhaps a kayaking/canoeing or camping trip.
  • A family campfire/ bonfire event
  • Food or decorating ideas for the holidays

I’m so profoundly grateful for all the responses and support and encouragement, and very much looking forward to incorporating many of these ideas going forward. Thank you!

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