The year has started off with a lot of positive motivation and incentives to expand! A steady pace is required for consistent momentum though, so it’s been important not to rush too much at one time. In the works are:
Weiß Alb has expanded our land with the purchase of an additional small tract of land adjacent to the primary property. There is an existing hedgerow already there which will allow for private space in a wooded clearing. Seed saving from last year has allowed for increased planting provided they are viable. We've also ordered some heirloom varieties of carrots, beans, and tomatoes and are looking forward to being able to can and preserve this Fall. The Confederation of Sachsenheim currently includes seven local hearths. Keswick Hearth has been active in setting up some blacksmithing classes. All of the hearths recently got together to begin bottling tonics and spent a weekend making and discussing herbal salves and the options for distribution. If you are interested in our recipes (and photos!) for salves and tonics, they can be found on our blog and are free to use and adapt. Enjoy them! We will be selling at the regional farmers markets and are considering setting up an online shop as well in order to increase our distribution areas. As homesteading and bioregionalism is of great importance to all hearths in Sachsenheim, we have as a confederation chosen to develop our talents while working alongside one another to meet the goals and aims of each hearth. Our calendar for 2017-2018 has been sent out to all members with event dates and their respective addresses. Our blog is live! Feel free to check it out and look around. We are also now on Twitter @WeissAlbHearth. Stay tuned for more news!