Karen Cruser moved to Swannanoa, North Carolina from California in 1972 along with her husband and their then two yr previous daughter. They constructed their home by themselves utilizing recycled wooden and home windows, some wooden from native sawmills and wooden from their property. Swannanoa is within the Blue Ridge Mountains between Asheville and Black Mountain, NC.
The home is situated on 12 acres of woods and fields alongside the Swannanoa River.
When requested what she likes about Swannanoa, Karen gave heart-felt solutions, the primary of which is the Swannanoa River. She states that this a most stunning a part of the world and it is very important hold it this fashion.
Karen is glad that Swannanoa has a powerful native food motion and the very best Bee Chapter within the state. She additionally appreciates the pleasant folks right here who assist each other and work collectively for the nice of all. She feels strongly that it will be significant for all of us to protect our farm land and assist native farmers.
KAREN’S AMAZING WAY OF LIFE
Karen Cruser fortunately and busily spends her days doing natural gardening, baking, stitching, preserving, tending to her animals and bees, and taking pictures to call just a few of her actions.
In addition to making ready meals for residence use, Karen has an incredible array of pure gadgets she makes. She is maybe most well-known for her attractive “rainbow eggs” gathered from her prized flock of chickens.
Karen’s recommendation about elevating chickens is to feed and take care of them as in the event that they have been being “spoiled.” She feeds her chickens solely good grains and greens. Effectively, they give the impression of being blissful!
Karen’s inventive…images and handmade notice playing cards are from stunning footage taken with a 35 mm digital camera. They’re principally taken domestically and alongside the Blue Ridge Parkway.
She additionally bakes breads and different natural goodies utilizing her own residence grown eggs, natural flour, milk and butter. She makes use of honey produced by the bees in her hives and is hoping so as to add extra hives within the coming spring.
Buncombe County NC has an energetic Bee Keepers Chapter, extension workplace, wncbees.org. Karen is as smitten by bees as she is about most issues. “We should all handle the bees as they in flip make most of our food doable. We’ve got to make clever choices when utilizing pesticides… most are very dangerous to bees.”
Her jams are made out of the fruits and berries she raises organically, or fortuitously shared along with her by associates. Some are “no sugar added.”
Now simply what else might this busy girl do? Effectively, she grows natural greens for residence use. She knits sweaters and hats, sews childrens’ clothes, and makes wood toys. Whew!
This very long time resident (residing right here 30 plus years) states that she hopes to see Swannanoa grow to be integrated AND retain all of its distinctive allure. She additionally feels that a lot cautious thought ought to go into the city middle and your complete space.
Karen is keen about her residence, her life and her endeavors. “I feel it will be significant for an individual to do what they get pleasure from and are serious about, then make it a lifestyle”. She feels it isn’t “work” for those who love what you do.