PSL

Almost two years ago, envious of friends in a nearby county who were part of a regular monthly gathering of homesteaders and sustainable farmers, we decided to try to create a group of our own. And Piedmont Sustainable Living was born.

Every month we gather, usually at our place, for a potluck meal followed by a discussion. Anyone is welcome, but most of the people who attend are homesteaders or sustainable farmers.

It’s a great group of folks. We enjoy being able to spend time with people who don’t think we’re weird. People who “get it.”

The food is always amazing.

The picture would be more appealing if I'd taken it BEFORE we ate all the food.

The picture would be more appealing if I’d taken it BEFORE we ate all the food.

One person took a picture of her plate and posted it on Facebook and Instagram. I copied it from there.

One person took a picture of her plate and posted it on Facebook and Instagram. I copied it from there.

Our gathering is on third Saturday of every month. This month the topic was wine making. It was an especially cheerful gathering.

Wine is one of the few things we still buy, which we should be producing ourselves. Making wine has been on my to-do list a while. Three regulars attendees led the discussion: a dedicated hobbyist who makes delicious wine (I sampled his honeysuckle wine and it was tremendous), a professional meadmaker who treated us to some of his amazing creations and a man who makes homemade wine using simple techniques (“redneck wine,” in his words).

Discussing how to make wine

Discussing how to make wine

I haven’t started yet, but now I’m inspired to give it a shot. Soon, I hope.

Last month the topic was beekeeping. Next month it’s home brewing. In October we’re going to discuss basic emergency preparedness.

Beyond eating well and learning a lot, the gathering is just plain fun. Good fellowship with good like-minded people.

Starting up this group has enriched our lives and I’m confident lots of those who attend would say it has enriched their lives too.

We share homesteading-related information on the Piedmont Sustainable Living Facebook page. If you use Facebook and that sounds interesting to you, just “like” the page. Better yet, if you’re in the area, join us at 5 p.m. on the third Saturday of every month.