Preserving food? Check. Driving a tractor? Check. Milking a goat? Check.
For me, one of the most exciting aspects of modern-homesteading is learning new skills. When I first moved to Wyoming at the tender age of 18, I had an entire mental checklist of all the things I wanted learn and do.
And as I’ve morphed into a modern-day homesteader, that list has grown along with me.
There is something so empowering about learning how to do something new with your hands. Or mastering a skill that, at an earlier point in your lie, would have seemed completely foreign.
It’s actually quite addictive, really… Since we are at the start of a brand new year, I figure there’s no better time than to start making homestead plans.
So without further ado, may I present to you:
101 Skills for the Modern Homestead
(Keep in mind that no one person will likely master all of these skills. And some just aren’t applicable to certain situations. (I sadly won’t ever be harvesting maple syrup from my homestead… I know that.) But hopefully you can pick and choose some ideas to inspire you!)
2. Compost both kitchen scraps and animal manure.
4. Learn how to cook a whole chicken.
5. Grow a vegetable garden in your climate.
6. Know how to properly prune and graft a fruit tree.
7. Learn first-aid and CPR.
8. Know how to dehydrate foods to preserve for later use.
9. Give an animal an injection (the muscle, in the vein, or under the skin)
10. Assist with foaling, kidding, lambing, and/or calving.
11. Know how to assist an animal with a difficult birth.
12. Grow a windowsill herb garden.
13. Learn how to safely cut down a tree.… [Continue Reading]