Meet Up Success

We were prepared for our attempt at a homesteading/sustainable living “meet up” group to be a failure.  We wouldn’t have been surprised if only a few friends had shown up for it.

So we were very pleased when 19 adults (and two children) came.  Many of them were people we had never met before.

We had a good potluck meal together, then an open discussion on what the group should be like if we continue having the gatherings.  All agreed that we should make the meetings a regular event.

Everyone there shared a passion for sustainable living.  We met a family that is learning to cook with wood and is preserving most of their food.  We met another family that is operating an organic potato farm and working on generating their own electricity and going off-grid.  Several of the folks who attended are pursuing urban homesteading. It was great to learn that there a broad range of homesteading skills in the group.  We’ll all be able to learn a lot from each other.

We heard from quite a few folks who had conflicts but plan to attend in the future.  A friend told me yesterday that it appears we’re going to end up with a much larger group than we originally expected.  That’s very encouraging.

We’ve scheduled our next gathering for November 23 and are excited about what the future will hold for our group.

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18 comments on “Meet Up Success

  1. bobraxton says:

    y’all are way out front. Distance from Fairfax, VA ?

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  2. Jeff says:

    Excellent! I’m really glad it worked out for you! 19 people for a first turnout is more people than a lot of groups even have here. I closed my group down for a number of reasons – I guess my topic didn’t interest many people.

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    • Bill says:

      Our turnout was thanks to word of mouth, not meetup. We made some contacts through them but no one we met that way was able to attend. We’ve been pleasantly surprised at the number of people who are expressing an interest in our gatherings.

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      • Jeff says:

        Thanks for the explanation – I don’t feel so bad about losing $72 now. I cancelled and MeetUp never offered a refund nor did they ask why I cancelled. I think they’re just in it for the money.

        As to being “nuts”. Well, change never occurred because of the actions of the Disney crowd. Someone has to lead the pack and I’m glad it is folks like you!

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    • Cherie says:

      Jeff, Land and Table in the Lynchburg/Bedford area is a little closer to you. Or you might consider one of the Transitions groups.

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  3. DM says:

    I would love to be @ that get together. Thanks too for posting your comments on the blog post this morning. I shared your comment on facebook this morning and already had 2 people heartily affirm your decision.

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  4. How wonderful to meet and get together with so many like minded folk. I bet you are all going to help each other so much. My hubby would love to go off the grid but sadly here in South Africa, it would cost us and arm and a leg at this stage but something to work towards.
    Have a super weekend Bill.
    🙂 Mandy

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    • Bill says:

      Getting off the grid is very difficult, and expensive. I’d like to install solar panels here so we can generate our own electricity, but I don’t think leaving the grid entirely is feasible for us. I’ll be very interested to see how the folks we met are going to try it. I think they’re planning on using a wind turbine. You might be interested in this blog, which I enjoy. It’s by folks who live in South Africa and are transitioning to an eco-friendly off-grid lifestyle: http://ecofootprintsa.blogspot.com/

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  5. What a great idea, and how encouraging that you got such a good turnout. It will be interesting to hear what happens next.

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    • Bill says:

      We really are encouraged. One thing we all seemed to have in common is that most folks we know think we’re a little nuts. It was nice be in the company of so many people who “get it.” 🙂

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  6. No doubt the majority of folks are “i think you’re nuts” folks. Thing is these folks are often seen with grocery carts full with 2 dollar pizzas and watermelons shipped in from the Yukon. Their kids eat Halloween candy all year round, and a garden is something their great great grandfather was ashamed of. Give them convenience, Bill, and they’ll leave you alone. Tell them miley cyrus is at the mall and you’ll not hear from them for four months..

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    • Bill says:

      Oh yeah. The vast majority. This area hasn’t embraced the food movement and we have the negative health statistics to prove it.
      You’re right about convenience. Even with our market, convenience sells. Just make it easy. Remember this classic from Mr. Berry?
      “The food industrialists have by now persuaded millions of consumers to prefer food that is already prepared. They will grow, deliver, and cook your food for you and (just like your mother) beg you to eat it. That they do not yet offer to insert it, prechewed, into our mouth is only because they have found no profitable way to do so. We may rest assured that they would be glad to find such a way. The ideal industrial food consumer would be strapped to a table with a tube running from the food factory directly into his or her stomach.”

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      • Jeff says:

        The reason convenience sells, of course, is that people have allowed themselves to be sucked into the system so thoroughly that they have no time (or energy, at the end of a work day and a long commute) to prepare food from scratch. The system is set up to ensnare us in a trap of consumption, which increases the profits of the capitalists.

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  7. shoreacres says:

    I’m glad you had such a good turnout. I was sure you would.

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