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Nature-based education to build resiliency for life.

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What We're All About

We are a growing group of people impassioned by empowering others, inclusive of young adults and children, with self sufficiency skills, traditions and community. People have been disconnected from this vital way of living and working in a communal way that values the creative capacity of each individual. Modern mainstream culture has emphasized a devaluation of our connection with the Earth, with one another and with the profound experience of knowing ourselves. We offer a different perspective. A path to the future built on a foundation of connection, reawakening the wisdom and practices that sustain and regenerate ourselves and the earth.

 

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Stephanie Zetah

Stephanie, alongside Daniel, stewards a 96 acre regenerative farm, and is the primary holistic care taker of the animals. She has a gift for working with children, helping guide them in learning the skills necessary to living close to the land; nurturing their creativity, capacity and resolve, and engaging them in the sacredness within nature and self. With a natural drive and great pleasure for weaving events and gatherings that create a New Story for society, she creates community wherever she finds herself. For two years prior to moving to Minnesota, Stephanie created and managed the Wise Women Gathering in Australia. Her intentional focus on the traditional observance of the seasons, the nature of the cycles within life and the importance of rites of passage laid the foundation for her training as a Death Midwife.

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Her passions and interests include Being Happy, Walking Barefoot, Drinking Tea with Friends, Making Plant Cordage and Crafts, Being with Animals, Drawing Games, Being Still,  Herbalism, Wild Foraging, Holistic Animal Care, Growing and Preserving Food, Mindfulness Human Design and Compassionate Communication & The Law of One.

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Fiona Smith

We began visiting New Story Farm for Resiliency Homeschool Thursdays in 2019. We fell in love with the animals and the life at New Story Farm. 

 

We have gained much knowledge from both Steph and Daniel and their worldly experiences. Their wisdom has helped us to hone helpful patterns and empowered us to be the change we wish to see in the world. We are more conscious of our choices as consumers/beings and the impact we have on the world and animals/beings around us. 

 

Our family is more resilient these days and we have been able to incorporate positive values and resiliency skills into our home life and homeschooling.

Thanks to shared insights regarding human design and NVC I am empowered to parent and guide in a more healthy way for both myself and my children. The postive shift this has made to us individually, and as a family, has brought greater ease and peace.

 

While it's easy to see all the negative in the world, there are many good things happening! I believe that Resiliency School at New Story Farm is making a difference by EMBODYING heart-centered values that help restructure our connection to the seen and unseen worlds around us. I'm honored and privileged to witness and be apart of this community. 

 

Fiona is a creative homeschooling mama of 3 who prioritizes nature and mindfulness within her practice. Raising conscious children is what she is most dedicated to, while rediscovering life within a meaningful community.  She also happens to enjoy creating custom organic baked goods. Check out Kindred Crafted Goods

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Daniel Zetah

Daniel is driven to help people realize the importance of a life connected to the Earth. Always willing to engage others in a thought process and dialogue rooted in curiosity about what they believe and why, he invites and challenges everyone who is willing to expand upon what they know, to reach beyond what they find comfortable and to live in a way that truly honors their authenticity. Knowing the value of sharing community in nature, he co-facilitated the Wise Men Gathering in Australia, a 3 day gathering for male-oriented folks. Oh and he loves to share his wisdom of, and personal connections to, trees!

 

Hands on skills:  welding, fabricating, natural building and fixing everything mechanical. Adept in creative problem-solving and re-purposing materials. Teaching: Permaculture Design Courses and Farm-Scale Permaculture with Ben Falk, Mark Sheppard, Darren Doherty and the Possibility Alliance Speaking: Farm Hacks at MOSES and the SFA and Ethical Eating at Sustainable Living Tasmania.

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Located 1.5 hours West from Minneapolis
 

New Story Farm, an active regenerative farm fostering a local agrarian community through sacred and educational gatherings, is home and host to the Resiliency School. Find us 6 miles north of Hutchinson, Minnesota.

Land stewards, Stephanie and Daniel Zetah, have traveled the world, living on farms and in established Intentional Communities. Their collective mission is to bring their passion for living in connection to the land, their broad knowledge of sufficiency and communication skills, and providing immersive educational opportunities to support expanding diversity and what it means to live in community in rural Minnesota.

We strive to bring consciousness to the folds of the educational system which we believe will bring true systemic change.

Have taken my family to Various Nature hike events during a variety of seasons. We have learned about various native plants available during the applicable season and how they can be utilized. We have walked the woodlands/food forest and near the wetlands and learned from them also. We have toured their various food and vegetable gardens, their apple orchard are and learned about the animals and about the kind and sustainable animal care. Each visit we learn more.

— Cheryl Cogley, 56007

We learned about permaculture. Plants, trees, using the land and nourishing the land. The difference from large agriculture. Preserving seeds. Using more than you throw away. Using community and community skills. Grounding. Suggestions in using and reusing materials. So much! We can’t wait to come back.

— Natalie Olson, 55355

New Story Farm and Resiliency School offered our family the opportunity to reconnect and discover our passion for connecting to the soil and community around us. They offer a space for our children to learn outside of blacktop and metal playgrounds. We are able to explore their property and watch as the seasons progress and how they adapt to the problems as they arise. The classes and community gatherings they offer at their property helped us to connect to like minded individuals and gain knowledge that you cannot acquire in a city classroom. Thank you for offering your time and knowledge to the community!

— Cerissa Stockton, 54801

We had a great time:  learning to make cordage,  smelling and tasting wild edibles,  touring the property and learning about the land and how its being stewarded,  sipping property grown and harvested herb tea, Learning about Stephanie and Daniel's vision and feeling their passion for their project and Understanding the huge scope of New Story Farm -brilliant!

— Annalisa, 55388

The Resiliency School offerings have been one of our family’s favorite activities to attend. We have gone to many of both the homeschool Thursdays and workshops over the last couple of years. It is truly a one of a kind experience. Stephanie and Daniel share so much of their passion and wisdom of regenerative agriculture and living in harmony with the natural world. The activities are fun and engaging. We have learned something new each time we have gone. It is a beautiful nature space and learning environment. We have also found it to be a supportive experience as a homeschooling family. Highly recommend!

— Natalie Schank, 55331

We've learned about natural fiber dyeing, wild foraging for native minnesota plants, learned about native minnesota pastures, built drums from deer hides, learned about life cycles of farm animals and lots of small facts in between the large lessons. We have felt your desire to accommodate people of all ages and abilities and the willingness the stewards of newstory farm have to share their knowledge.We've learned about natural fiber dyeing, wild foraging for native minnesota plants, learned about native minnesota pastures, built drums from deer hides, learned about life cycles of farm animals and lots of small facts in between the large lessons. We have felt your desire to accommodate people of all ages and abilities and the willingness the stewards of newstory farm have to share their knowledge.

— Crystal, 55321

We had an amazing experience on the farm, learning more about holistic/regenerative farming, nature and interacting with similarly valued families. We love New Story Farm and highly recommend their classes and programs whenever we can!

Lindsay Christianson, 55428

We covered many different aspects related to homesteading and got up close to look at different options and had ample opportunities to ask questions that were answered in detail. Overall a very good educational experience that I would recommend.

— Karl Larsen, 56387

 It was a unique, peaceful, educational and inspiring experience. My kids loved the open space and the open air. We walked around the property, asked questions, learned about sustainable farming practicing and enjoyed several hours with friends. It was a long drive out there, so trying to make a day of it is the way to do it. I think it was meaningful and rewarding for my kids, and unforgettable for me. It’s just a very different experience than a traditional farm, and they are so purist and passionate about what they are doing. I loved it.

— Anna, 55364

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