We had the good fortune of connecting with Kristin Webber and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kristin, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I wanted to share my passion and knowledge of living a more simplified life with others. I thought about all the skills I had learned on my own and was trying to figure out how I could help others learn the same things without taking years of trial and error. I am passionate about teaching but also about homesteading and getting back to basics.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I started my business, Chicken Librarian, in late 2017/early 2018. I started with a blog. I always wanted to have a blog and from there it grew to making products (soap, lip balms, knitted goods, etc.). And then it evolved to teaching others how to make their own–gardens, keeping chickens, pies, balms and salves, etc. When COVID hit, I went back to making products and selling at farm markets, but then I realized my passion really was with writing, taking pictures, and teaching classes. That’s where I am today.
I learned a lot of lessons-from how to keep your bookkeeping records, to knowing where you passion lies, to not burning out. I have a good balance now of all those things.
What I want the world to know is that anyone can be a homesteader. Start small. You don’t have to do it all. Hire someone to help you with what you want to know and then just do it. The biggest thing I teach people is that there is no right or wrong way to do things.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Living in the Catskills offers lots of things to do. Be prepared to drive though! There are so many fun activities–kayaking the Delaware river; hiking the finger lakes trail or Jensen’s ledges. There are numerous places to eat-the Salsa Shack; Upward Brewing; Catskill Provisions, are just a couple of my favorites. You could visit Honesdale, PA, and walk the town and visit numerous shops, eateries, and even get ice cream. My favorite place for ice cream (other than my homemade) is Wahoo.
I am such a homebody that I would definitely need to cook dinner and maybe a pie for dessert. We could make homemade ice cream and frolic with the sheep. That’s my idea of a good time!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I have multiple people that I could give a shoutout to! My instagram community has always been so supportive of me and what I’m doing! My family-my brother, his wife, and three sons. They are my biggest supporters. My dear friend Elizabeth Kaden, owner of Elsewhere Farm. I met her very early on when I was starting my business. Cornell Cooperative Extension in Delaware County, NY. They were a huge source of information and support.