Meet Chris and Joybilee Farm
Joybilee Farm is where your JOYful, handmade life is nurtured.
Hi, I’m Chris. I’d like to tell you a key story that motivates my work at Joybilee Farm.
When my youngest was 5 years old, I helped in a Pioneer Girls Club at a local church. My job in the club was to prepare and teach the weekly craft to the girls, a group of 5 to 7 year olds. One night, in December, we made rolled beeswax candles with the girls. I brought extra supplies so that the other two club leaders could also make some candles. At the end of the night there were 20 pairs of green and red pillar candles waiting to go home, and one club leader in tears. She was 35 years old. A mother of 2. She had worked at a full time job since high school. She had never before made anything with her own hands. The JOY of accomplishment was real and brought this strong, independent woman to tears.
A few years later, I had the honour of teaching another group of adult women how to do shibori dyeing with natural indigo. One woman, a retired veterinarian and medical researcher made her own deep blue charmeuse silk scarf. She said it was the first time she had ever made anything with her own two hands. She was an accomplished educator. She was respected in peer review journals. Yet she had not experienced the creative joy of making something with her own hands. And until that moment she didn’t realize what she’d missed out on. I saw her at church the next day, with the vibrant scarf around her neck, bringing out the deep blue of her smiling eyes.
There’s intrinsic JOY in creating something substantial with your own hands. Whether that’s baking a loaf of bread, creating a meal from scratch, rolling beeswax candles, creating an herbal salve, growing a garden, or making something more substantial. And it’s a JOY that’s missing from so many lives today.
Its my mission to restore the JOY of the creative, handmade life to women, empowering them to reclaim their intuition and inner strength in nourishing and healing their families, deeply rooted in their homes. It is only through these creative efforts that women that can fearlessly take back their power and begin the healing work of restoring wholeness and bringing integration to themselves, their family, and their community.
Who is Chris?
Chris is a teacher, author, gardener, and herbalist with 35+ years’ of growing herbs and formulating herbal remedies, skin care products, soaps, and candles. She teaches workshops and writes extensively about gardening, traditional crafts, scratch cooking, and medicinal herbs on her blog at JoybileeFarm.com. Chris is the author of The Beginner’s Book of Essential Oils, Learning to Use Your First 10 Essential Oils with Confidence (2015) and Homegrown Healing, from Seed to Apothecary (2016), and “The Beeswax Workshop, How to Make Your Own Natural Candles, Cosmetics, Cleaners, Soaps, Healing Balms and More” (2017)
Joybilee Farm has been online since 2004 and the Joybilee Farm blog was 10 years old in September of 2017.
What you’ll find at Joybilee Farm:
If you didn’t make a mistake, fall down, make a mess, or wreck something, you didn’t learn anything. At Joybilee Farm you can be joyful when you make a mistake or make a mess. Tomorrow’s a new day with no mistakes in it. Today your job is to learn all you can, make a mess, and have fun along the way. Today is where you best life is lived.
Tutorials in the joyful, creative, handmade life
At Joybilee Farm, Chris teaches traditional skills for food preservation, herbal remedies, aromatherapy, creative self-care, fermentation, scratch cooking, organic gardening, animal husbandry, and DIY crafts. With 35+ years experience in rural homesteading, Chris is a trusted resource of traditional knowledge, the kind of knowledge that our great grandmothers took for granted.
Top articles include:
Intentional step-by-step Mastery-in-a-month workshops and ecourses on essential DIY skills, gardening, and herbs
Joybilee Farm tutorials and ecourses help you sharpen your self-reliant skills and give you more confidence as you move toward greater joy, health, and creativity whereever you live.
- DIY Herbal Apothecary Course
- Make Herbs Fun Again 30 Day Challenge
- DIY Herbal First Aid Kit
- Water Wellness (Coming Soon)
I’d like to give you a gift.
My eBook, “14 Homegrown Healing Salves from Local Medicinal Herbs” is the perfect resource to help you move forward on creating your own herbal apothecary, beginning with the plants you might already have growing in your own neighborhood.
Plus, my weekly newsletter will keep you up to date on new tutorials, recipes, crafts, inspiration, and encouragement as you continue your journey in self sufficiency. From time to time I’ll share especially good deals, too.