Huge List of Homesteading Skills to Learn
Have you always dreamed of Homesteading and learning all the homesteading skills it would take to make that dream happen? Great news, you can build your homesteading skills anywhere you live while saving to buy the perfect piece of property to suit your family’s needs.
It takes a long time to build the skills you will need to be self sufficient, here is a list to get you started.
Homesteading is not for the faint of heart, it is more of a lifestyle than anything. As long as you treat it like it is a way of life you are likely to get much more out of it than you can ever imagine.
Homesteading is more about being able to be self-supporting, self-reliant and not being beholden to anyone are several of things that draw people to homesteading.
The idea of being totally responsible for tending to all of many aspects of life on a homestead means that you need to be able to be handy enough to perform a wide range of tasks.
To be successful at homesteading you have to possess the skills to carry out a wide range of tasks including; planting, raising and harvesting crops, raising and tending to herds and flocks of livestock. You also need to be handy with hand and power tools, farm machinery (trucks, tractors and hay balers and a wide variety of other farm equipment.
You will also need to brush up on many domestic types skills as well including food storage, cooking, making homemade household cleaners and personal hygiene products. The more you are able to do for yourself, the less you have to rely on outside help and you are able to keep your household expenses lower.
Don’t get discouraged, you will have to go outside your comfort zone but it will be worth tackling every challenging task.
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It will take you to an article teaching you how to learn the skill.
Embrace the motto “Use It Up, Wear It Out, Make It Do, or Do Without”
How to make the greatest gardening tool ever invented “The Dibbler” – You can not buy it!
Learn how to use a ham radio, CB radio or FRS/GMRS Radios
How to ride a dirt bike, quad or a horse
Grow a vegetable garden for at least 2 seasons of the year (spring,summer,fall,winter)
How to prune a tree
How to safely use a chainsaw and bow saw.
How to go to a country auction and not pay too much by determining an animal’s age by its teeth and art of haggling.
First-aid and CPR for humans and livestock animals including injections and stitches.
How to smoke meat to give it flavor and preserve it
Basics of animal breeding and how to assist your livestock animals in giving birth
How to plan and plant an fruit and nut orchard
Learn how to make perfect country gravy from scratch.
How to drive a manual transmission.
How to properly use a handsaw, hammer, nails, screw driver, wire cutters and measuring tape. (Measure twice, cut once)
Learn how to drive a tractor.
How to properly handle, shoot, clean a gun. Store under lock and key.
How to hunt wild game with a variety of methods. (Bow & Arrow, Sling, Gun, Traps)
How to butcher an animal. Use every part of the animal so nothing goes to waste.
Learning Masonry skills
Learn how to make yogurt, sour cream and butter at home
Learn about Permaculture
Learn how to make sourdough bread and a basic yeast dough
Learn how to build a home or/and maintain one
Learn how to create wattle fences – weaving green branches together
How to incubate fertilized eggs and hatch your own chicks, ducks and geese
Learn how to cut, bale and stack hay. Use a scythe
Learn the art of alternating grazing and ground covers so you can better manage your pastures.
Learn how to reload ammunition
How to use a wood stove and how to bank a fire
How to heat your home with wood
Learn how to trim the feet of your hoofed livestock
Learn how to build and fix fence.
Learn basic carpentry skills – your going to need them.
How to use a water bath canner and pressure /canner.
Learn how to identify the difference between edible and poisonous mushrooms.
Learn how to identify the difference between harmless and venomous snakes and spiders in your area.
Learn how to make your own pet food
Learn how to prepare for homestead for bad weather or natural disasters.
Learn how to halter break livestock
Learn how to use essential oils and herbal medicine
Learn how to make herbal extracts, infusions, poultices, and tinctures.
How to build a greenhouse or cold frame to extend a garden growing season
Learn how to start seeds indoors and then transplant into a garden
Learn how to store food in a root cellar or in a cool basement
How to make vinegar from apple scraps
How to make and extinguish a burn pile safely.
How to repair a roof on a home, barn, shed or animal housing
Learn how to humanely euthanize an animal.
Make your own livestock feed.
Protect your livestock from predators.
Live within your means and get out of debt.
Learn more than one spoken language so your family can speak to each other without most people understanding