A list of skills you need on the Homestead

You’re surely not going to sit around all day on the Homestead. Maybe once in the winter when you’re snowed in sitting by the fire and once again in the summer having a cup of moonshine on your porch. But that’s it. No other time you’ll be sitting around doing nothing. There’s work to be done and skills to improve. That’s Homesteading.

But just what kinds of things will you be doing? That depends on your Homestead, your location, your climate, and most importantly, your own skills and needs. In other words, you’ll figure it out.

There are some skills that you may not have even heard about, that if you learned and practiced, would make your life on the Homestead a whole lot easier.

List of skills needed on the Homestead…

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  1. Chad Walton said:

    So I have 27 acres in Idaho. Been throwing an idea around for awhile and I’m curious if anyone would be interested. I want to pick five people, give them each an acre for one year. People say you can live off the land, I want to give five people the chance to prove it. I will provide a tiny home for them to stay, and provide water. Otherwise they would be completely on their own. It’s easy to talk and say this will work and this won’t. I’m willing to offer five acres up to five people and see what they can do. Maybe this will work, or won’t. Think it is worth a shot.

  2. Chad Walton said:

    Lol I like it. Haven’t heard that one in awhile. Probably 13 years ago in a jail cell. I have a troubled past I have fought to be were I am. I dnt care your color race or were you where both born. Some people just need a chance. You make who you are I just want to help people

  3. Jesse Casey said:

    Growing a large vegetable garden, soil building (including composting, sheet-mulching, vermiculture), water management (including filtration, rain catchment in ponds and cisterns, and self-watering systems), and keeping livestock (including animal processing, animal medicine, butchery, cheese making, feed-systems/cost cutting, fence building, food preservation, manure management, pasture management, and shelter making) were key. In addition to the skills mentioned… here’s a list of skills to consider learning for self-sufficiency, income, and entertainment on the homestead.

    aquaponics
    alternative energies
    aquaculture
    bread-making
    beekeeping
    beer brewing
    basket weaving
    carpentry
    crafting
    celestial navigation
    cob building
    cider making
    design (landscape, passive solar, furniture, outbuildings, etc.)
    earthbag building
    first aid
    fishing
    fermenting
    foraging
    fiber-making
    gun safety and maintenance
    grain-growing and processing
    greenhouse building and growing
    herbal medicine
    handyman skills
    hunting
    hair-cutting
    insect identification
    irrigation systems
    juggling (literally and figuratively)
    jewelry-making
    knife-sharpening
    knot-tying
    legal research
    laundry (by hand)
    moonshining
    mushroom growing
    maple syrup making
    mead making
    musical instrument playing
    meditation
    masonry
    nutrition management
    organic growing
    orcharding
    oil seed production
    permaculture
    plant propagation
    quilting
    repurposing
    rain barrel making
    small engine repair
    sewing
    seed-saving
    self-care
    tool-making
    urban farming
    vermiculture
    vinegar making
    welding
    wilderness survival
    well drilling
    wine making
    whittling
    waste management
    xeriscaping
    yoga
    and ziplines (for fun and easy transportation of goods or people).

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