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Some believe it takes a village to raise a child, or even to survive.

Charlotte Back to the Basics is a nonprofit that believes in nothing more than community, and teaching it how to live simply and sustainably.

They have a network of people who grow, can and dry their own food and herbal medicine; make their own soap; raise and milk their own goats and generally try to live, as they say, “like grandma and grandpa used to.”

They are not survivalists, but consider themselves prepared if a disaster took place and they lost electricity or worse.

Rich Davis is the co-founder of Back to the Basics and said one of the reasons he started the nonprofit, was to feel secure he could live through a disaster.

“I started to learn from events like Hurricane Katrina and like Hurricane Sandy that we really need to be a community that could help each other out in case of a natural disaster,” he said. “We live in a society where we rely on a microwave and a dollar menu drive through and that’s something we can’t do in a natural disaster.”

But Davis said it’s about more than just surviving. Back to the Basics is about living simply to have a better life.

“We teach classes on fire making, on soap making, on herbal medicine that you can make from home canning and kettle cooking and organic farming,” he said. “Stuff that people may have forgotten how to do.”

Doctor Dave Hamilton lives on the five acre farm where Back to Basics will hold its annual demonstration event. The old farm will serve as a classroom for teaching sustainable practices, but ironically, is positioned in the middle of a sprawling suburban community.

He volunteers with Back to the Basics and said he and wife have been living sustainably for years, raising their own chicken, turkeys and goats, organically gardening and making their own herbal medicine.

But Hamilton also said he started out small, not trying to convert his entire life overnight.

“It started out small,” he said. “Part of it was to save money. So I started buying produce wholesale and growing some of my own. And then I had more than I knew what to do with so I started canning and drying and preserving it. That way, we would have things available when we needed it when money was tight."

Hamilton also said living sustainably isn’t something that requires a five acre farm. He said people can practice it by bartering and simply engaging with their community.

"You can so do some of this on your back porch. Like a bartering system or getting to know your community. If your specialty is making soap, then you can trade that soap for someone else's grain or herbal medicine or tomatoes. And so it doesn’t have to be a large scale."

Event Details:

Charlotte Back to Basics Demonstration Event

Saturday, Feb. Saturday at 9:00am

10715 Shopton Rd West, Charlotte, NC 28278

Ticket price: $10




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