This webpage serves as an introduction to a group of services under the banner of the Cariboo Homesteader. In the broadest sense, these services can be defined by Our Mission: Creating a community to support home-based production of food and other goods in the South Cariboo.
More specifically, we aim to encourage the establishment and/or expansion of home-based enterprises. This includes farms, market gardens of any size, and any sort of product and/or service providers operating out of their homes. In doing so we want to create a connected community of ‘homesteaders’ throughout the South Cariboo. That is, a group of home-based enterprises patronizing one another and working together to encourage everyone else in the area to support these same enterprises.
While this initiative and all its affiliated services will benefit everyone in our area, direct participation is only offered through membership. And what benefits do members enjoy, you ask?
Well, first and foremost, membership offers you participation in our primary service, the “Homesteader’s Market”. The SouthCariboo.locallygrown.net website and its year-round Saturday market provides member homesteaders with a marketing and distribution platform for their locally produced food and household goods. (Please click the above link for more information.) With an expanding list of offerings, it also provides the entire South Cariboo with a means to purchase local goods.
Secondly, members can enjoy the community resources provided through services like Homesteader Services, South Cariboo Stock Exchange, and Cariboo Homesteader Provisions. (Please click these links for more information.)
Who should join the Cariboo Homesteader? Membership is open to anyone and it is hoped that each of you will enjoy at least some of the benefits these services provide. Whatever your interests, membership gives you an active way to contribute to the wellbeing of our community. A modest annual fee of $20 per household (taxes included) gives members full access to the Cariboo Homesteader services.
For more information, please check out the Homesteader’s Market or any of the links above. If you have specific questions about any of these services, or want more information, please contact Howie@cariboohomesteader.com.