Mission Spotlight: The Happy Homesteader
Updated: Jun 18
By Mission Community Skills Centre
Meet Allan and Lorna… neighbours, friends, family, community members, homesteaders and local business owners. You may recognize them as the happy couple from downtown’s very own Happy Homesteader.
Homesteading refers to a lifestyle of self-sufficiency, otherwise known as‘getting back to basics.’ Features include subsistence agriculture, fence building, food pickling and preservation, home brewing, sausage making, bread baking and, of course, beekeeping.
Allan is one of Mission’s resident beekeepers, boasting 8 hives in his apiary. Lorna, on the other hand, is all about the food. Being a business owner in the downtown core has not always been smooth sailing and there have been challenges over the past few years.
“In today’s day and age, society is so busy,”Lorna explains.“It breaks my heart to see fully roasted chickens ready to buy in the stores. You can even buy pre-hard boiled and peeled eggs now. Everyone is so focused on convenience.” With the recent COVID pandemic, this may be the wakeup call for society to slow down and take time to ‘do it yourself’and‘start from scratch’.
Both Lorna and Allan are adamant about educating our community on the importance of consuming local honey and its by-products. Give them a call or email to learn about their products, benefits and homesteading tutorials.
For a list of our upcoming foodie classes, visit our website, give us a call, or pop in and see us.