The Homestead Year In Review 2014 - WOW!

We are completing our second year of operating The Homestead Center. When we started, Mike and I agreed to give it three years to see if the community supported our efforts enough to become financially viable, and we are getting close! Thank you to all of you who made the programming at the Homestead possible with your Memberships. What a year it has been!

Here are a few of my favorite moments. 

Alison

The 2014 Women's Wellness Retreat gathered over 30 women for the second time this year for friendship and personal growth.

The 2014 Women's Wellness Retreat gathered over 30 women for the second time this year for friendship and personal growth.

Nature Kids After School Program met every Thursday last spring with a crew of kids who love to spend time outdoors.

Nature Kids After School Program met every Thursday last spring with a crew of kids who love to spend time outdoors.

Our Interns Cat and James helped Mike create over 15 new raised beds in the big garden. Cat started over 400 plants for the big garden.

Our Interns Cat and James helped Mike create over 15 new raised beds in the big garden. Cat started over 400 plants for the big garden.

New baby chicks for the Chicken Keeping workshop.

New baby chicks for the Chicken Keeping workshop.

Volunteer Day - Pine Lake Church brought out an enthusiastic crew of young men.

Volunteer Day - Pine Lake Church brought out an enthusiastic crew of young men.

Tara brought her fermentation bus to The Homestead to over 40 enthusiastic participants who swapped cultures.

Tara brought her fermentation bus to The Homestead to over 40 enthusiastic participants who swapped cultures.

Remember this? Penny Lane had her first litter.

Remember this? Penny Lane had her first litter.

Plant Walks with Lindsay Wilson.

Plant Walks with Lindsay Wilson.

Benefit for Magnolia Reed - Rising Appalachia brought in almost $5000

Benefit for Magnolia Reed - Rising Appalachia brought in almost $5000

And the gardens exploded!

And the gardens exploded!

Just in time for Adventure Kids Camp

Just in time for Adventure Kids Camp

Farm Camp

Farm Camp

Dangerous Boys Camp

Dangerous Boys Camp

And Herbal Fairies Camp

And Herbal Fairies Camp

We had over 100 kids at The Homestead for Camps last summer!

We had over 100 kids at The Homestead for Camps last summer!

Mossy Back String Band playing at our Suicide Prevention Benefit

Mossy Back String Band playing at our Suicide Prevention Benefit

Matt Heblon helped us with our Guinea Pig to Green Thumb Virtual Gardening Series now available on the Membership Pages.

Matt Heblon helped us with our Guinea Pig to Green Thumb Virtual Gardening Series now available on the Membership Pages.

People participated in 15 workshops at the Homestead Fair including Natural Bee Keeping with Bee Bayou

People participated in 15 workshops at the Homestead Fair including Natural Bee Keeping with Bee Bayou

Nourish: Reclaiming Real Food Weekend Retreat with Marion Sansing was one of the most highly reviewed retreats we have ever done.

Nourish: Reclaiming Real Food Weekend Retreat with Marion Sansing was one of the most highly reviewed retreats we have ever done.

Southern Herbalist Phyllis D. Light presented on Appalachian Herbalism in September.

Southern Herbalist Phyllis D. Light presented on Appalachian Herbalism in September.

The Primitive Skills Weekend Retreat was such a fun family weekend.

The Primitive Skills Weekend Retreat was such a fun family weekend.

I could not believe Sandor Katz of Wild Fermentation was standing in the Homestead Kitchen!

I could not believe Sandor Katz of Wild Fermentation was standing in the Homestead Kitchen!

Another Membership Appreciation Event with Mississippi Arts Commission Storyteller, Lawrence Roberts.

Another Membership Appreciation Event with Mississippi Arts Commission Storyteller, Lawrence Roberts.