Self-sufficient living entails many skills. If you’re new to the survival or homesteading scenes, you might not have encountered—or even heard of—some of these skills, which include the basics like raising animals and planting gardens as well as more complex stuff like churning butter and building houses. Nevertheless, if you’re a beginning homesteader, there are several skills which you should learn before you progress to any others. In this article, we’ll have a look at 10 of the most important skills.
1- Storing water.
Storing water is more complex than simply buying extra bottles and stocking them in your fridge—but not that much more complex. Actually, what you’re supposed to do is fill up containers (like big drums, or bottles that can hold several gallons) with water, and then put them safely into storage, in your garage or basement.
2- Making compost.
Making compost is a simple, eco-friendly way of developing fertilizer for your garden. You can easily compost kitchen leftovers—things like vegetable and fruit rinds and peels, leaves, and newspapers—via a composting bin.
3- Raising your own animals.
Livestock can help you in a number of areas: cows, of course, will provide you with milk, as well as goats, while chickens are valued for their egg-laying capabilities. Plus, sheep can give you precious wool.
Growing and harvesting your own food is not only an excellent way of saving money, but it’s also an excellent renewable way of saving money—plant a tree (or a perennial flower or herb), you can reap its benefits for several years. Good crops to garden with include tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchinis, sage, basil, and bell peppers.
5- Sewing, knitting, weaving, and crochet.
These are all great ways of creating and mending clothes and accessories which can later be worn by everyone.
In a rural community—where fewer people are spread over a larger amount of space, and where it’s harder to access brick-and-mortar stores—bartering might be part of the local way of life. As such, it’s an important skill for homesteaders: it provides them with a means of accessing items, resources and even manpower that they wouldn’t other have access to.
7- Vehicle maintenance.
People usually associate homesteading with living in a rural area—and they’re not wrong. If you’re building up your own self-sufficient household, you’ll probably be away from most of society, and as such won’t have quick access to a garage or mechanic. As a result, you should learn how to make minor repairs on your vehicles.
8- Making preserves.
By prepping, canning and storing fruit—whether store-bought or homegrown—you can not only make delicious spreads for sandwiches and toast, but you can also get yourself ready for the winter, when no crops are growing. In other words, you’ll have a nice stash built up for when times get tough outside. Neat!
9- Tool usage.
Using tools is important not only for constructing buildings and furniture, but also for repairing them. Some vital tools include hammers, screwdrivers, saws, and chainsaws, for cutting down trees.
10- Living off the grid.
Homesteading is about more than just living in a house you’ve built yourself—it also entails living without many of the pleasures of everyday life. Technology is an excellent case in point. Just think about how much your technology has consumed your life. How long can you go without access to your creature comforts?
So, now that you know a bit about the vital skills associated with beginning your own homestead, it’s high time that you go out and explore this lifestyle a little more. It might be the perfect one for you, and you might want to change your life accordingly. If that’s the case, you’ll definitely need those skills we’ve already discussed.