Timeless Sustainable Homesteading Practices
- Preserve food with canning jars
- Master basic skills such as sewing, cooking, and first aid.
- Learn to conserve resources.
- Stock up on supplies and medical paraphernalia.
- Practice gardening.
Starting your homestead and learning how to be self sufficient can seem like impossibly hard goals to achieve.
Becoming self sufficient is such a daunting task than many hesitate to try because they don’t know where to begin.
We decided to try to make this undertaking a little bit easier to start with these first steps on the path to self reliance.
Learning how to live your life in a sustainable way and being ready to go off the gris at any moment is the ultimate emergency preparedness strategy.
So follow these tips and ease your way into the homesteading, off the grid, self reliance lifestyle.
Preserve Food With Canning Jars
A sustainable, self reliant lifestyle is all about cutting out the waste in your life. Instead of perishable foods going bad, preserving them with some simple canning techniques will cut down on the waste and help you stock up your food supply. Through jarring, canning, preserving, pickling, and other techniques, you can preserve almost anything you could ever want to stay edible and delicious without refrigeration.
This is a great idea for building up your emergency food supply, but it’s also a valuable skill to know in case you’re in the position of needing to go off the grid. This is only one of the many skills you will find helpful as a homesteader, but let’s start with the basics.
Master Some Basic Skills
With all of the modern conveniences we enjoy, you don’t really need to know how to do too many things to get by. If you can’t sew, you go to the mall. If you can’t cook, you order take out. If you can’t treat your own ailments, you go to the doctor. This all works well for the time being, but self sufficiency is all about being able to provide yourself with everything you could possibly need. This means learning some basic skills to help get you through your day no matter what happens.
Mastering some basics will get you on the right track. Sewing, cooking, and home remedies are a great place to start. Some basic survival skills and gardening know-how are great to know as well. Another key skill to master is the purification of water. Knowledge is power, and the more you have the easier it will be to maintain self sufficiency.
Learn To Conserve
Using less of everything is a big way to help achieve self sustainability. Even if you don’t necessarily NEED to cut back now, one day you might. Learning the best ways of doing this is huge for emergency preparedness and a self reliant lifestyle. Start trying to make do with a little less at a time. Making smaller, easier changes will make you more likely to succeed in the long run.
For example, instead of throwing your food scraps away, use them to regrow food from scraps. Try to make an effort to use a little less water or electricity. Once you learn how to live with just a little bit less and a mind for conservation, your lifestyle will be much more sustainable in the event that you need to go off the grid.
Think of all of the things you need to make it through a day in your life and how quickly you’d run out of those items if you couldn’t buy them from a store any longer. Whether it’s food, bedding, clothing, tools, or other supplies, having a stock of your essentials is a great start to achieving a more self-sustained lifestyle.
The most pressing of those essentials would be food and water. We’ve already covered learning to purify your own water, but keeping a stock of clean water is a still good idea. Figuring out how to create and emergency food supply is a little but trickier, but follow these tips and you should be well on your way to self sufficiency and emergency preparedness.
Expand Your First Aid Kit
You probably already have some form of first aid kit around, but are you really ready to deal with all sorts of medical problems, emergencies, and ailments? Building up your emergency preparedness first aid kit is key to the homesteading lifestyle. This first aid kit list will help you ensure that you have everything you could possibly need in case you can’t make it to the doctor.
Even if you don’t have much room, even starting a smaller indoor garden can start helping you learn this essential skill for self sufficiency. For example, this simple indoor vertical herb garden can help you begin learning about creating your own produce. Starting small and slowly expanding will help you learn about gardening without it becoming too overwhelming.
Even starting to grow a few small things is a step in the right direction. With some steady progress, you can be growing your own food in no time! For more tips, check out our Off The Grid Gardening Tips.
So to start your new, sustainable lifestyle, all you need to do is learn to preserve using canning jars, master some basic skills, learn to conserve, stock up, expand your first aid kit, and start learning about gardening.
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