Learning from Mrs Smith

A project exploring our sustainable past for a sustainable future, at Mrs Smith’s Cottage.

Be More… Seasonal. Sustainable. Hilda.

During this time of climate crisis more people are looking to the past to learn new skills and rediscover traditional knowledge that will be able to help us live a more sustainable and environmentally friendly daily life. 

Throughout 2022, Mrs Smith’s Cottage in Navenby will be sharing practical everyday skills inspired by Mrs Smith’s low waste lifestyle.

The project is an opportunity to increase your understandings of seasonal eating, food production, and waste disposal methods to make more sustainable choices. 

Photo: Chris Vaughan

Mrs Smith’s Sustainable Food

The cottage team will be holding a season of workshops, talks, and events at the cottage, online, and around North Kesteven. 

The programme will culminate in an almanac-style guide to be sold at Mrs Smith’s Cottage, giving practical low waste advice inspired by Mrs Smith’s life, interspersed with relevant quotes from Mrs Smith’s Diaries. 

Sustainable food and seasonal eating will be major themes in this project, and the following workshops are designed to help you make a start with sustainable eating.


  • 14th May – 10 to 12noon – Spring Forage at Hill Holt Wood – Tickets £5 – BOOK HERE
  • 31st May – 3pm to 4pm – Small Space, Big Harvest: A Gardening Talk at Mrs Smith’s Cottage – Tickets £5 – BOOK HERE
  • 25th June – 10am to 12noon – Summer Forage at Hill Holt Wood – Tickets £5 – BOOK HERE
  • 29th July – 11am to 12noon – Edible Flowers: A Family Forage Workshop at Mrs Smith’s Cottage – FREE – BOOK HERE

Get inspired by Mrs Smith’s own sustainable way of living to take action in your daily life by learning useful tips and tricks from Mrs Smith’s extraordinary ordinary life.

For the full events list please visit the website: https://www.mrssmithscottage.com/events/bemorehidla/


Mrs Smith: a Low Waste Inspiration

Lincolnshire resident, Mrs Smith (1892-94) can teach us a huge amount about sustainable living, local food and minimising waste.

More about Mrs Smith’s life and home, by Sally Bird, Learning and Development Officer at Mrs Smith’s Cottage.

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