On their blog, Women's Heritage, animal care specialist Lauren Malloy, herbalist Ashley Moore and home cook Emma Moore offer DIY tips on everything from foraging to cow milking.
Bonded as friends and mothers, the women created the blog two years ago as a way to encourage others to try old-school homesteading techniques.
"We all wanted to learn how to do different things," says Malloy, who recently hosted a trail ride for readers through the Santa Ynez hills. "We wanted to learn from each other."
Staying true to the blog's theme of simple living and skill sharing, the Santa Barbara-based trio recently opened Heritage Goods & Supply in Carpinteria, Calif., as a way to further connect with the community.
Located just off of Linden Avenue in the beach town just south of Santa Barbara, the store has become a homesteading hub with classes on welding, sourdough bread baking and holiday wreath making.
The store also stocks locally made goods by Modesto Milling and Patagonia as well as Chapala Farms jam, Dylan's Raw Hive Honey and Nicole Novena ceramics.
Looking for a modern chicken coop? You'll find it here, along with live chicks, Weck Jars, natural dyes and garden tools.
The women's pride in having a personal relationship with their vendors is demonstrated in the store's old-fashioned general store feel. It's a genuine gathering place for the community to embrace sharing and experimentation. "We want people to come in and feel empowered to try new things," adds Emma.
Heritage Goods & Supply
Where: 5100 Carpinteria Ave., Carpinteria.
Hours: Open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.