St. Lawrence University

North Country Folk Series

Alison Brant

Alison Brant

Alison lives in Potsdam with her husband and son on their homestead where they raise goats and pigs, work ox, garden, and attend to many other homesteading activities. "I have been crafting for most of my life: I learned to knit as a child which led to owning sheep and processing wool from sheep to final product.

These days I am weaving throw rugs from left over baling twine, making soap from our goat milk and lard, braiding rugs from used material, and always knitting. To me these are skills that any homesteader would have had in 'the days of old" - valued for their usefulness as well as their creative expression (the sign of a truly civilized society...but I digress)"