The Homestead Atlanta has been bringing hands-on education to Georgia since early 2013. Along with our amazing community partners, The Homestead Atlanta offers workshops in the heritage skills of yesterday and the sustainability innovations of tomorrow. We strive to build regenerative communities by reacquainting people with their capacity to create through education and resource availability.
- What do you do exactly?
And what was the reason that encouraged you to start this organization?
I’ve often been asked if I grew up on a farm or with a homesteading family, and the very reason I started the organization is that I didn’t! While I’ve always loved creating things with my hands, I found that my friends and I were curious about skills that were traditionally handed down through families and had no one to learn from. I knew in a city as big and diverse as Atlanta, the knowledge was there – it was just a matter of finding it and connecting people to it. And I wanted that to be available to people in a way that worked with their everyday lives. So I started The Homestead Atlanta!
- What motivates you?
Describe your mission passion
In our very automated world, it can be easy to lose sight of our capacity for creation. There was a time not so very long ago that nearly everything that moved society started in human hands, and I think that desire to build, craft, construct, cook, etc. is still fundamentally in our DNA and essential to our humanity. Whether it’s something as simple as knitting a scarf or as elaborate as setting up a home forge or herbal medicine chest, The Homestead Atlanta offers people the education and connections they need to rediscover their roles as empowered creators rather than just passive consumers.
- Tell us about your goals
We’re constantly refining how The Homestead Atlanta works organizationally to offer the best experience to our members and partners! We’re always striving to offer diverse, quality workshop offerings and hope to offer them in a wider area of the city as we grow. Maybe someday we’ll expand to multiple cities, but for now Atlanta is plenty big for us to try to provide experiences that can touch a large portion of the population.
- What was the hardest/toughest moment you had to deal with?
Obstacles you faced when dealing with bureaucracy, permits, funding, etc. Something you would like to point out to anyone who might be starting their own organization.
As big and beautiful as Atlanta is, it’s a city full of very busy people! It can be hard to convince people to take the time to learn something new – but once they’ve done it once, they almost always become one of our biggest advocates.
- What was the most fulfilling moment that happened to you?
It’s always so magical to see people from completely different walks of life who might never otherwise meet, let alone work together, working together with their hands and happily chatting away and connecting. It’s also super satisfying when you get the sense that these workshops may have helped change the trajectory of someone’s life – like the accountant who comes to some growing workshops and then next thing you hear, he’s farming in North Georgia or the person who takes their first blacksmithing workshop and several years later is refining their skills as an artist!
- What separates you from the rest? Why you?
The Homestead Atlanta is pretty unique in that most organizations offering this kind of education are located in rural areas and require a large time and monetary commitment. We’re right in the city and hold our workshops during hours that a 9-5 worker could attend. We think learning lifeskills should fit in easily with your life.
- Do you have any upcoming events in the forthcoming months?
We sure do – always! Check out our upcoming workshops at www.thehomesteadatl.com/upcoming-workshops/
- What is it that you love most about what you do?
Part of the reason the idea of homesteading appeals to be is that it asks people to be curious and generally proficient at a lot of skills rather than mastering one. I’m far too interested in too many things to have ever chosen one craft or skill as my passion, so I’ve found a way to get to explore tons of them with some of the most dedicated and skilled artisans and teachers in the city!
- What is the biggest challenge you’re faced with today?
Building an organization providing accessible experiences to people in a city as large and busy as Atlanta where there are a million activities people could choose from is definitely difficult. It can also be challenging to figure out the best financial model, since we want to keep workshops financially accessible to people. But it’s certainly worth it!
- Anything else you would like to add?
Contact: How can people reach out to you?
Your organization’s name, phone, address, e-mail and links to your website and social media
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