We went with my family in March to a community skills fair organized in Everett, WA by several non-profits and groups. We didn’t have any pre-existing idea of this fair because this was the first time we went. We loved it. It had free food! It had free lectures! They organized a lot of workshops, exhibits for people like us interested in urban homesteading, and improving our skills to save money, be more self-sufficient and independent. This skills fair even had free childcare!
We came in, registered, got booklets, brought our kids to childcare room, and separated with my husband to be able to cover more workshops. I had the baby on me most of the time, so I wasn’t able to take advantage of a whole lot, but I got the idea. They organized amazing workshops teaching all sorts of skills.
My husband went on to learn about backyard chickens. We are not allowed to keep chickens in our HOA, but he learned for the future. I will make a special post about what he’s learned later. Then he went on to study how to grow greens and seeds. We have started 3 raised beds this year, and this will be exciting to see in the summer, late spring, and fall what our harvest will be like. We are very interested in trying to grow our own food, setting up plants outside. So, this lecture was perfect! Next, he took a break to eat, and then he took care of the baby for the rest of the day.
I started my lectures with going to a canning workshop. I don’t really know how to can in that I haven’t done it enough to say that I am really well-versed in it. I will need to practice now, I think, when fall comes, but I will also prepare a post about what I have learned in this fair. Then I went on to listen to a lecture about garment repair for beginners. Our lecturer tried so hard to give us the basics, but I think there is just so much to sewing to learn, that I need more one-on-one type instruction at this point to be able to do some hands-on projects. I know the basics, but I don’t have the time right now to put it all into reality.
I had the baby with me and a couple of times I had to escape the room, and went on to look and talk to weavers in the next room who were showing off their weaving machines, their yarn, and skills, and answering questions. I am still a beginner at this craft, and we were told about a group that meets in Snohomish once a month for spinning guild activities, so that is on my long list of things to do for myself – maybe next year when the baby is a bit older I’ll think about it. One of the ladies in this picture was actually the one I’ve met – she works at Fort Nisqually as a weaver.
After lunch I gave the baby to my husband and went on to listen to a lecture about fermenting. I got so inspired that I have actually fermented some cabbage when I got home, and it tastes pretty good actually!
There were a lot of other workshops that I wish I could have gone to, but maybe next year! They also taught shellfish and seaweed harvesting, beekeeping, gardening tips. I thought those were a bit maybe too advanced for me to listen to, and it was hard to do with the baby on me. Next time!
We have learned a lot of skills during this fair! We have also had free lunch, and enjoyed watching some youth dancing in the auditorium. Our lunch were a variety of chips, dips, coffee, some raw vegetables, fruits, and soup. I cannot thank this fair enough for providing such a great time for our family, and we didn’t have to pay for anything. Instead, we got equipped with quite a bit of knowledge on homesteading skills, and now we are even more inspired and motivated to try our hand at it!
I am going to prepare a series of posts on what we have learned in this fair, and it will be great to be able to keep all this information here for anyone to enjoy and use!