Self sufficiency is a must if you’re planning on homesteading. Becoming a full-fledged homesteader is a learning process; it takes constantly learning new skills and honing those you already have. Just like other major life decisions, the decision to homestead might be a shock to new preppers in the beginning. But using the wisdom and knowledge of others who have done it can help.
Self Sufficiency Skills Every Prepper Should Learn
First of all, self sufficiency and homesteading is a totally new lifestyle. If you are used to the conveniences of modern technology and civilization, you are in for a surprise, a big one. You have to say goodbye to your television, smartphone, computer, internet, shopping malls, HVAC systems, utility services like electricity, water and telephone, even your ordinary mail.
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121 Homesteading Skills Every Homesteader Should Know
The key to a successful homestead does not only lie on being able to grow your own food but on other skills as well. Here is our list of homesteading skills that will surely help you be successful in your urban homesteading journey.
Keep in mind that learning these skills will take time, patience and perseverance, and not all of these skills are applicable to certain situations. Hopefully, though, you’ll be able to pick up some great ideas that will inspire you and get you started!
121 Homesteading Skills
1. Canning all your garden produce.
Preserve fruits and vegetables from your homestead naturally so you can eat holistically all year long.
2. How to compost.
Don’t throw out all your recyclable odds and ends. Put them in a compost and make your garden thrive with compost tea.
3. How to bake bread.
Never rely again on grocery store breads with bleached flours or expensive healthy loaves. Bake your own at home!
4. Make homemade remedies for naturally treating ailments.
Take the time to heal yourself naturally with these home remedies!
5. Make homemade laundry detergent.
Make your own chemical-free detergent in either liquid or powder form.
6. How to make playdough.
The kiddos will love it. And if they eat it, it’s made from organic ingredients so it’s not a risk to their health.
7. How to make cheese from scratch.
Use your milk product to make your choice of fresh, delicious cheese.
8. Know how to make a compost bin.
Correctly storing your compost will save your backyard from smelling like a dumpster.
9. Grow plants in your climate.
Every climate has a different time period for planting various seeds. Find the best one for your homestead.
10. Know how to save seeds for future harvests.
Create a never-ending supply of seeds for your garden by learning how to correctly save and store seeds.
11. Know first aid and CPR.
Just in case there is an accident on your farm, you should always be prepared (especially if you live out in the boonies like I do).
Where you once relied on automation, you will shift to DIY. There will be no electrical appliances to do any work for you. You will need to learn to grow your own food, whether it’s a fruit, plant or vegetable. You will also need to take care of animals that will provide the meat that you will cook and of course you will also need to know how to prepare food. You will also need to be handy with tools because you will be doing all the carpentry on the house and other facilities you may have.
Homesteaders have many different reasons for shifting to a lifestyle of self sufficiency, but above all, they must have the iron will to succeed with the endeavor. One thing that is common among all homesteaders is the one thing that city folks can only dream of achieving: freedom.
Modern day homesteaders have grown tired of the daily grind and the utter dependence on technology as if their whole lives depended on it. Choosing self sufficiency is like winning your life back. You no longer need to pay for most of the things you need, or slave away in an office to support yourself and your family.
It is the independence from the supposed “conveniences” that makes homesteaders the ultimate preppers and survivalists. In any given SHTF scenario, they will be the ones who will have better chances of survival because they have been self-reliant all along.