Learning these homesteading skills can lead to a more fulfilling and sustainable life.
Starting your own homestead is anything but easy – but it can be an extremely rewarding and fulfilling way of life. Unfortunately, most of us have lost or forgotten many of the homesteading skills that used to be an everyday way of life for the majority of Americans. The good news is that you can learn these skills again!
By becoming more self-sufficient, you will be able to lead a healthier, happier, and more sustainable lifestyle. You will have the satisfaction of providing for your family through your own efforts and successes. You will also feel a connection to the natural world that so many of us in today’s fast-paced industrial society have lost.
Below are just a few of the homesteading skills that can help you learn to run a successful homestead of your very own. (You can find the full list at Homesteading.com.) Whether you have a small urban homestead, or a larger spread, will determine how many of these you will actually need or want to know.
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 the homestead, you should always be prepared (especially if you live out in the boonies like I do).