International Homesteading Education Month

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GRIT Staff
International Homesteading Education Month encourages people to celebrate their simple living skills and traditions.

I’m thrilled to report that GRIT magazine has teamed up with MOTHER EARTH NEWS to celebrate International Homesteading Education Month, which we’re declaring for this coming September.

Knowing how to provide food and shelter for you and your family is as important today as it has ever been, and, as so many of you report to us, self-reliance offers a modicum of security and considerable personal satisfaction in these times.

The GRIT community has always been ahead of the curve when it comes to embracing responsibility and helping one another out, so we thought it was high time to make a big deal about it, do our part to facilitate the conversation, and help you all share the good information.

We are currently working on two main projects. First, we’d like you to think about some of the skills you recently learned that have been particularly useful, or those that you know well and share with other folks in your region by inviting them over for a demonstration of some kind. Alternatively, you can post the information on your blog, or post it on our website. Any way you do it, we’d like to publicize your knowledge and accomplishments using our extensive print and online resources.

Whether you’re an expert gardener or you just learned how to control squash bugs in your area, folks need – and want – that information. Likewise, if you have had good success using pigs to work ground around your place, there’s nothing quite like turning others on to 21st-century homestead solutions.

An International Homesteading Education Month page is up on our website. Through this page we’ll publicize your event in the magazine, on our homepage, and through our electronic newsletter, GRIT eNews.

Now comes the really exciting stuff. We intend to identify several outstanding families from the GRIT community to honor as Homesteaders of the Year in GRIT. To nominate your family, friend, neighbor or someone else you know, please submit a brief nomination (500 words maximum) along with up to three compelling photos (high-resolution color images). This is a real chance to put some deserving folks in the spotlight and to help us get the word out on the fine work that our community accomplishes every day. Please submit these by email directly to me at

I know I’m jumping the gun on this project a little, but I wanted you all to start thinking about how we can collectively redefine the “American Dream” as something that is attainable, enjoyable, healthful and just plain old fun. Please check our website for up-to-date details as they become available. If you have ideas or questions related to this project, please don’t hesitate to send me an email.

Whether you’re preparing for next year’s wheat harvest or planning a set of new raised beds, we’d like to know what you’re up to this season. And if you have any fun homesteading experiences to share, I’d sure love to hear about them (

See you in March,


Hank Will raises hair sheep, heritage cattle and many varieties of open-pollinated corn with his wife, Karen, on their rural Osage County, Kansas farm. His home life is a perfect complement to his professional life as editor in chief at GRIT and Capper’s Farmer magazines. Connect with him on Google+.