200 Practical Homesteading Skills For The Modern Homesteader

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When I started my own homesteading adventure on my land, I had no idea that there were anywhere near 200 homesteading skills for me to learn. But I started making a list, and with every passing year, I’ve found more practical homesteading skills to add to it. Each one of these skills makes life more interesting, and my homestead runs a little more smoothly.

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Hi, I’m Ryan

Homesteading is a life-long journey, and nothing has humbled me more than the realization that I’ll always have more to learn. At first, I wrote this list to remind myself where I need to expand my knowledge and expertise, but then I realized these homesteading skills are invaluable for any modern homesteader.

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Homesteading Skills To Learn

Homesteading Skills To Learn

These homesteading skills will change how you work your land, use your produce, and even look at life in general. Some of the skills listed are homesteading essentials that will help your garden thrive or make your homestead more self-sufficient. Others will bring new inspiration, color, and unique handiwork to your homestead. Let’s get started!

1. Homesteading 101: Growing A Vegetable Garden In Your Climate

One of the most practical homesteading skills you can learn is adapting your garden planting to your local climate. This knowledge will serve you well throughout your entire homesteading journey.

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2. Practical Homesteading Involves Planning Your Garden For Prime Pollination

Learning to plant different types, sizes, and colors of high-nectar, high-pollen flowers throughout your vegetable garden will bring multiple types of pollinators to your homestead.

3. Building Raised Garden Beds Will Elevate Your Homesteading Skills

I discovered raised garden beds when first learning how to homestead. I build them simply with three 2x4s — two running lengthwise and one cut in half for the ends. This creates a 4×8 garden bed that is easy to maintain because you can reach everything from the perimeter.

4. Learn How To Rotate Crops

Switching out what plants you grow in each garden bed every season will ensure that your garden soil stays nutrient-rich. This practical homesteading skill will also help you fight pests and weeds.

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5. Modern Homesteaders Propagate Plants By Root Cutting

One of the homesteading skills I learned early in my homesteading journey was the art of growing new plants from leaf clippings or root cuttings of other plants. This is a sustainable technique that will become second nature once you get the hang of it.

6. Aquaponics Is An Unusual But Helpful Homesteading Skill

Aquaponics is a sustainable way of growing vegetables and fish together. This gardening method doesn’t need any soil, using fertilizer from the fish’s water to nourish the plants while they, in turn, purify the fish water.

7. Growing Vegetables From Seeds

Learning how to grow vegetables from seed is vital to your success as a modern homesteader. Cucumbers, squash, melons, zucchini, and other vegetables are cheaper and easier to grow from seed, so don’t handicap yourself by sticking to pre-sprouted plants.

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8. Underrated Homesteading Skills: Planting Olive Trees And Making Olive Oil

Planting an olive tree is a money-saving venture and one that will keep on giving for years and years. Imagine having a ready supply of fresh, homegrown olive oil for your cooking!

9. Building An Arbor And Growing Grapes Are Rewarding Homesteading Skills

While technically you don’t have to build an arbor in order to grow grapes, it’s a pretty structure that will help your vining grapes to thrive, so it really is a win-win.

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10. Growing Tea And Coffee Plants Are The Modern Homesteader’s Secret

I don’t know why I didn’t think about growing my own caffeinated and herbal beverages sooner. While coffee beans thrive best in tropical climates, I’ll let you in on a little secret — you can grow them indoors as well.

11. Growing Mushrooms Will Elevate Your Cooking

Mushrooms will stretch your homesteading knowledge, as they grow best in a moderate temperature without sunlight, unlike many plants you’ll be cultivating. Mushrooms are packed with nutrients that make them a healthy addition to anyone’s diet, and I love using them in my favorite recipes.

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12. Growing A Windowsill Herb Garden Is An Easy Win

I love this practical homesteading skill. Everyone has room for a windowsill herb garden, and growing these delicate plants where you can easily monitor their sunlight and water will make them easy to care for.

13. Flex Your Creative Homesteading Skills By Growing Decorative Gourds

Decorative gourds can bring a natural beauty to your homestead, especially in the fall. These plants love the sun, are easy to grow, and, if you get crafty, can double as a bowl.

14. Growing Edible Flowers Is A Homesteading Basic

Edible flowers bring healthy nutrients and bright spots of color to your meals, serving as garnishes to your fancy ice creams and salads.

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15. How To Homestead With Seasonal Planting

Seasonal planting is one of the invaluable homesteading basics that will help you create a sustainable farm that will serve you for all your homesteading years. Some plants will thrive in colder months, while others will flourish in the spring, late summer, and early fall.

16. Watering Your Garden Correctly Is An Essential Homesteading Skill

Taking the time to learn how to water your garden properly (with a slow stream of water close to the roots) will give you a crash course in back-to-basics homesteading.

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17. Plant A Bed Of Strawberries

There’s nothing quite like strawberries in summer, and learning how to plant a bed of them on your property is a fruitful and modern homesteading skill.

18. No-Till Gardening Will Build Your Homesteading Skills

A no-till garden can take some effort to get started, but it allows your soil to keep its natural structure to stay healthy, absorb water, and combat erosion.

19. Organizing Seed Packets Is Must-Know Homesteading Knowledge

I find simple and practical solutions to be the best. For seed storage, three-ring binders and divided storage boxes are great ways to organize your seeds for easy access.

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20. The Art Of Seed Saving Is An Essential Part Of Learning How To Homestead

To save money, keep my farm self-sustaining, and also have complete control over my seed sources, I learned the practical homesteading process of saving seeds from my current crops to grow next season.

21. Storing Seeds As A Modern Homesteader

After sealing and organizing your seeds, you’ll want to keep them stored in a cool, dry place, like your pantry, to keep them fresh for next year’s garden.

22. Homesteading Skills: Constructing A Greenhouse For Longer Growing Seasons

If you want fresh produce all year long, regardless of your local climate, it might be time for you to build a greenhouse.

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23. Growing Your Own Animal Feed To Add To Your Homesteading Skills

I grow crops like kale, turnips, buckwheat, and dent corn, which allow me to supply livestock with the nutrients they need without buying commercial feed.

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24. Growing And Making Your Own Chicken Feed Are Homestead Essentials

Chickens are amazing foragers, but they’ll need more than bugs and wild plants to thrive. I recommend growing herbs for them and allowing them to eat from your garden and kitchen scraps as well to help fill in the gaps.

25. Chicken Gardening Will Lend Elite Status To Your Homesteading Skills

A chicken garden comes in many forms, but I like using a chicken tractor, a moveable coop, or letting my brood roam free to help feed my chickens while also debugging, tilling, and fertilizing my garden soil.

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26. Choosing The Right Chicken Breeds

The chicken breeds you choose will depend on your goals for your flock, but you’ll want to start by learning the basic homesteading knowledge of which hens are best for eggs, foraging, and meat.

27. Building A Chicken Coop Is An Essential Skill

You can build a chicken coop out of scrap wood, metal, or even plastic, and finding what materials and shape is best for your land is a practical homesteading skill to learn. Personally, I love repurposing whatever materials I have on hand when building or refurbishing my coops.

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28. Incubating Fertilized Eggs And Hatching Chicks Are Homesteading Essentials

To avoid the unnecessary expense of buying more chicks, invest in an incubator and learn to hatch your own eggs at home.

29. Knowing When A Hen Is Broody Will Further Your Homesteading Skills

Broody hens act a bit stressed and get very protective of their eggs when you’re trying to gather them. Learning to pick up on this behavior has helped me to raise a thriving brood of chickens, as I can choose to leave those eggs under broody hens so they’ll hatch.

30. Building A Chicken Tunnel Can Elevate Your Coop

Building a chicken tunnel is definitely a homesteading skill to learn, as it allows your flock to walk from their pen to foraging areas while keeping them out of your garden or other protected yard areas.

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31. Practical Homesteading 101: Candling Eggs To See If They’re Fertilized

Shining a light through your eggs can show you whether or not they’re fertilized and should go into the incubator.

32. Useful Homesteading Skills: Knowing If Your Chickens Are Molting

Your hens will stop laying eggs and then start losing feathers when they are molting. Being aware of this has helped me to know when my hens are actually sick and when they’re just going through this natural molting process.

33. Is Raising Ducks A Basic Homesteading Skill?

As prolific egg layers, ducks are definitely worth raising, and they bring a calm, quaint atmosphere to your homestead.

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34. Useful And Beautiful Homesteading Skills: Putting In A Pond

Whether it’s just for the aesthetics or it’s for the ducks you’ll be raising, creating a pond on your property is well worth the added work.

35. Raising Quail Will Elevate Your Homesteading Skills

Raising quail will lend a unique skill to your homesteading resume, and they’re particularly useful for urban homesteads as cities don’t usually regulate them like they do chickens.

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36. Build On Your Homesteading Skills With A Quail Coop

If you’re planning on raising quail, you’ll definitely need to learn how to build a quail coop. This process is straightforward and simple, using materials you might already have.

37. Expand Your Homesteading Knowledge By Raising Rabbits

Rabbits don’t take up a lot of space, and they don’t cost a lot to feed, making them an economical choice for those looking to raise meat to eat or sell.

38. Building A Compost Bin Is A Must

Building a compost bin is one of the first homesteading skills I learned when I started my homestead, and it’s one of the most important things I’ve mastered to date. Compost doesn’t cost any money, and using your food waste, garden scraps, and animal manure to create your own natural fertilizer for your garden is just smart.

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39. Part Of Practical Homesteading Includes Composting Animal Manure

Using the manure from your chickens, goats, or other livestock to fertilize your garden can greatly enrich your garden soil.

40. Homesteading Skills 101: Composting Kitchen And Garden Scraps

Starting a compost pile is essential to the sustainability of your homestead and the health of your garden soil.

41. The Art Of How To Homestead: Vermicomposting

Using worms in your food decomposition process, also known as vermicomposting, will turn your food and garden scraps into a nutritious soil amendment. I 100% recommend trying this to up your composting game.

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42. Making Compost Tea Is A Modern Homesteader Must

I find it easy and beneficial to mix rainwater with dense compost to make an amazing tea-like mixture that acts like a nutrient-rich, natural miracle grow when poured over my garden soil.

43. How To Homestead: Germinating A Fruit Tree From Seed

If you’re wanting to start an orchard or even a small grove, the cheapest way to grow fruit trees is from the seeds of the fruit you eat.

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44. Grafting Trees Is The Coolest Homesteading Skill To Learn

There are numerous benefits to grafting fruit trees, such as helping seedlings grow faster, enhancing cross-pollination, and increasing fruit variety, sometimes resulting in superior harvests.

45. Milking Cows, Goats, And Sheep For A Solid Base Of Homesteading Skills

Like riding a bike, once you learn how to milk different lactating livestock, you’ll always know how.

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46. Homesteading 101: Cheesemaking With Goat And Cow Milk

Cheesemaking is one of the harder homesteading skills to learn, but, personally, I think the delicious result is so worth it.

47. Making Yogurt Is A Tasty Homesteading Skill

Cow and goat milk can be used to make your own all-natural yogurt from your homestead.

48. Is Butter A Homestead Essential?

Butter is essential on my table, and by using heavy cream from your own cows or goats, you can make your own butter to add another level of sustainability to your homestead.

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49. Air Drying Laundry Adds Sustainability Credentials

Air drying your clothing on racks or outside on a clothesline is a homesteading essential for those looking to cut back on energy usage. You’ll also find your clothes will last longer, and you might feel an even stronger pull toward a slower way of life.

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50. Sewing Your Own Clothes Is A Practical Homesteading Must

Sewing your own clothes might seem outdated, but clothes are always getting more expensive, causing some homesteaders to break their sewing machines out of storage. Even if you just sew your work clothes and aprons, you’ll still feel a sense of accomplishment.

51. Salvage Your Homesteading Knowledge By Mending Torn Or Damaged Clothing

One of the best ways to make your homestead more sustainable is to learn how to mend damaged clothes so they don’t have to be thrown away. You can patch up clothes by hand or with a machine and sew buttons on by hand.

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52. The Art Of Weaving Gets Back To The Basics of Homesteading

No matter what materials you choose to work with, the skill of weaving is a specialized craft used to make practical and beautiful rugs, baskets, and even furniture.

53. Are You Really A Homesteader If You Don’t Darn Socks?

While you’re learning how to mend your own clothing, you might as well add another homestead basic — darning your socks. Instead of throwing out quality socks, learn how to make them last longer.

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54. Knitting Or Crocheting Is A Homesteading Skill That Keeps On Giving

Whether you’re wanting to make gifts for your loved ones by hand, or you’re starting your own business, knitting and crocheting are basic homesteading skills that will bring color, creativity, and warmth to your life.

55. Knitting Your Own Dishcloths And Potholders Is A Sustainable Homestead Basic

Knitting doesn’t have to be about gifting or making money. At my homestead, it’s more about making things as sustainable as possible. Follow simple patterns to knit your own dishcloths and potholders.

56. Purposeful Homesteading Skills: Sewing Your Own Napkins And Tea Towels

Once you’ve learned to sew, a practical homesteading skill to add on to that is sewing your own kitchen towels and napkins. Cloth napkins are less wasteful, and tea towels are both functional and decorative.

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57. Add Quilting To Your List Of Homesteading Skills To Learn

Quilting is more than a homestead essential — it’s something of a lost art form. You can use handpicked or scrap material to create cozy, personalized blankets for everyone.

58. Rag Rug Weaving Will Give You Unusual Homesteading Skills Status

If you’re learning how to weave anyway, why not take that skill a step further and learn to repurpose old clothing and fabric to make colorful rugs? Practical and sustainable.

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59. Homesteading Skills 101: Making Natural Dyes From What You Grow

Using your own homegrown produce, such as beets, black beans, spinach, and red cabbage, you can easily create all-natural dyes.

60. Master The Homesteading Skill Of Repurposing Items

If you get creative, you can make your own home décor, items to sell, and even coops for your animals out of repurposed wood, shutters, crates, fabric, metal, and so much more.

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61. Making Whitewash For Old Outbuildings To Revamp Your Homestead Skills

To update your old fences, coops, or other outbuildings, why not learn how to make your own whitewash at home?

62. Safely Felling Trees Is An Essential Homesteader Skill To Learn

Paying someone else to clear trees from your farmland gets pricey, but learning how to do it yourself requires extreme caution. Become an expert, and other people might even pay you to do the job for them.

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63. The Sweet Art Of Tapping Maple Trees For Syrup

If you have access to maple trees on your homestead, you’re missing out on a sweet opportunity if you don’t learn the homesteading skill of how to correctly tap them for fresh maple syrup.

64. Safety-First Homesteading Skills: Harvesting, Splitting, And Stacking Firewood

Learning how to safely split and stack your own firewood is a skill you can pass on to others looking to start using wood heat or even just to have campfire nights on their own property.

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65. Homesteading Skills For Beginners: Building A Fire

Building a fire safely and correctly is a basic life skill everyone should learn, especially as a homesteader, where it’s an essential part of life.

66. Cooking Over An Open Fire Is A Surprisingly Useful Homesteading Skill

Cooking over an open fire is a skill completely different than cooking in a kitchen. As a lover of all things food and cooking, I enjoyed learning how to gauge the heat of an open fire as I also learned what food items cook best at low, medium, and high temperatures.

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67. Dutch Oven Outdoor Cooking

Dutch ovens are extremely versatile, and they can be used for outdoor cooking over the campfire or even on the grill. This homesteading knowledge will up your camping and outdoor entertaining prowess, while giving you a tasty spin on familiar recipes.

68. How To Homestead In The Winter With Wood Heat

Knowing how to clean, maintain, and use a woodstove for heat through the winter is key if you’re wanting to use wood as a heat source on your current or future homestead.

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69. Growing Your Own Toilet Paper Is A Weird, But Useful Homesteading Skill

As weird as it sounds, dedicated or off-grid homesteaders sometimes grow plants such as the blue spur flower or mullein in order to use their soft leaves as natural toilet paper.

70. Cultivating A Bamboo Plantation Will Grow Your Homesteading Knowledge

Bamboo is useful for keeping soil healthy and for making furniture, so why not try growing some bamboo on your homestead?

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71. Basic Animal Breeding Will Raise Your Homesteading Skills

Learning about straightbreeding, crossbreeding, and other basic animal breeding concepts will prepare you to raise, breed, and care for your own livestock.

72. Halter-Breaking And Training An Animal To Rein In Your Homesteading Skills

If you’re planning on raising horses or mules, learning how to halter-break and train your new foals will be essential to keeping your farm self-sustaining in the long run.

73. Building Coops On Sloped Farmland

If your yard is anything like mine, it’s not perfectly level, so learning how to homestead on your unique, natural landscape when building coops for your poultry will come in handy.

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74. Practical Homesteading: Master Intensive Grazing For Better Pastures

Intensive grazing helps you take an active role in the quality of the grass your livestock is grazing, how much they are grazing, where they are grazing, and how much your meat production can increase as a result.

75. Clearing Pasture And Brush Will Clarify Your Homesteading Knowledge

If you’re wanting medium or large livestock, it’s quite possible you’ll have to clear out some room for them on your property. Learning how to clear a pasture of tall grass and brush has come in handy for me on my acreage, and I know you’ll find it useful too.

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76. The Long And The Short Of How To Homestead: Cutting And Baling Hay

If you have a large homestead with fields you’ll be turning into hay, you’ll need to master the skills of cutting, baling, and stacking your hay for use on your homestead.

77. The Cutting-Edge Homesteading Skill Of Sheep Shearing

If you’re going to raise sheep on a self-sustained homestead, you’ll need to learn how to shear off their fluffy wool to use for yarn and other home goods.

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78. The Dizzying Homesteading Skill Of Spinning Wool

If you’re planning on raising and sheering sheep, learning how to spin wool into yarn can give you your own yarn for knitting, crocheting, or selling.

79. Basket Weaving Is A Surprisingly Profitable Homesteading Skill

Once you’ve learned how to weave rugs, honing your art into basket weaving will give you uniquely beautiful baskets for your homestead, gifts for your friends and family, and even a side income, if you choose to sell them.

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80. Paper Making Is A Hobby-Building Homesteading Essential

Making your own paper won’t make you rich, but it is an enjoyable, satisfying hobby that can take you one step closer to self-sufficiency, and provide you with some unique, fully handmade cards, letters, and artwork.

81. Wiring A Lamp Inside An Old Jar Is A Uniquely Fun Homesteading Skill

If you’re into repurposing items like I am, adding a little electrical work into the equation could get you your own, homemade, rustically aesthetic lamps.

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82. Sweet Homesteading Skills: Bee Keeping And Harvesting Honey And Beeswax

Learning how to keep bees on your homestead is a skill not many people have, and it will reward you in countless benefits, including pollination, honey, and beeswax.

83. Making Your Own Soap Is A Homesteading Skill For Good, Clean Fun

Tired of applying unknown ingredients to your body with store-bought soap? You can use things like goat’s milk, lavender, oats, and herbs to make a healthy body cleanser that’s actually good for your skin.

84. Making Beeswax Candles Will Light Up Your Homesteading Knowledge

If you’re raising bees on your modern homestead, using your beeswax to make candles is a nice way to add an old-fashioned touch to your farm. These candles will fill your home with a sweet, earthy scent that’s free from chemicals.

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85. Making Your Own Lip Balm

You can use goat’s milk, beeswax, lavender, mint, and almost limitless other homegrown ingredients to make moisturizing lip balm for yourself and your household. If you have a small business, these homesteading skills could even allow you to sell your homemade lip balms for a decent price.

86. Formulating Your Own Hair Products To Untangle Your Homesteading Skills

Hair products are expensive and difficult to get right. There’s nothing like knowing your products are natural and safe to use, and what better way to do that than making your own?

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87. Creating Your Own Skincare Items Will Make Your Homesteading Skills Shine

Whether it’s lotions, toners, makeup removers, or face moisturizers, making your own oils, cleansers, and moisturizers can save you money while giving your skin a healthy glow.

88. Clean Homesteading Skills: Making Natural Laundry Detergent

Before you even learn how to make your own clothes, mixing up your own laundry detergent is a cost-effective skill that will also help you avoid harmful toxins and unnecessary plastic waste. Once you’ve successfully started making your own detergent, you could even start using vinegar to make fabric softener.

89. Natural Homesteading Skills: Making Your Own Cleaning Products

Many store-bought cleaning products have harmful chemicals and fragrances in them, when you could just use some of your own cheap and natural ingredients, such as baking soda and vinegar, to clean your home, with added essential oils for a pleasant scent.

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90. Aromatherapy Homesteading Skills: Extracting Essential Oils From Plants

Essential oils are popular for their health, mood, and scent benefits, and you can learn to make your own from the plants growing on your own property.

91. More Aromatherapy Homesteading Skills: Using Essential Oils Safely

If you’re going to learn how to make your own essential oils, you’ll need to know how to use them safely, including which ones are meant to be inhaled, and which ones can be topically applied.

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92. Even More Aromatherapy Homesteading Skills: Making Air Fresheners

Using baking soda and essential oils to make your own air fresheners for your car or even the buildings on your homestead will help you be happier and healthier.

93. Turning Homesteading Skills Into A Lifestyle With Slow Living

Slow Living is more of a mentality shift than a skill, per se, but it is invaluable with helping you understand the big picture of growing your own food and living closer to nature.

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94. When Homesteading Skills Change How You Think: Simple Living

At the end of the day, homesteading is about finding a simpler way of living. For me, that mindset shift was so worth it.

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95. Fostering A Community Around Homesteading Skills

This might not sound like a skill, but I’ve found that it’s an essential one. Learning how to build a community of fellow homesteaders, established farmers, and gardener newbies will serve you well for the rest of your life.

96. Living Sustainably With Practical Homesteading Knowledge

Living sustainably is a cumulation of lots of other homesteading skills, but I feel it’s important to mention it here in its own right. Composting, making as many things as possible at home, and breeding and raising your own livestock offspring are a few of the ways you can live more sustainably.

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97. Serious Homesteading Skills: Living Within Your Means To Avoid Debt

Homesteading helped me get out of debt, and learning to live with a little less, especially while I was starting up my homestead, gave me more of what matters in the long run.

98. Improve Your Budgeting

Budgeting is an essential homesteading skill. You’ll want to keep track of your savings margins, your unexpected expenses, and your tax-related information.

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99. Energy Saving Homesteading Skills: Choosing Solar Panels

Choosing the right solar panels helped my homestead run smoothly and inexpensively, boosting my farm’s sustainability.

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100. More Energy Saving Homesteading Skills: Choosing A Solar Generator

Choosing the right solar generator can give you peace of mind as you transition your homestead to solar power.

101. Choosing The Right Solar Appliances Is A Homestead Essential

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102. Embrace Solar Homesteading Skills By Storing Meat Without Electricity

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103. Building An Outdoor Bathroom And Shower Is An Off-Grid Homestead Basic

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104. Installing And Using A Composting Toilet Is Off-Grid Homesteading 101

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105. Building A Tiny Home Will Widen Your Tiny Homesteading Skills

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106. Build Your Homesteading Skills With Basic Carpentry Know-How

107. Knowing How To Use Basic Tools Is A Foundational Homesteading Skill

108. Building A Homestead Fence Is Practical Homesteading 101

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109. Learning Basic Home Maintenance Is Homesteading For Beginners

110. The Homesteading Basics Of Roof Repair

111. Basic Plumbing For The Modern Homesteader

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112. The Homestead Essentials Of Metal-Working And Welding

113. Changing The Oil In Your Vehicles Is Basic Homesteading 101

114. The Overlooked Homesteading Skill Of Changing Tires On Tractors

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115. Basic Mechanic Know-How Will Increase Your Homesteading Knowledge

116. Diagnosing And Fixing A Flat Battery Is A Homesteading Essential

117. Drive A Manual Transmission Or A Tractor As A Modern Homesteader

118. Backing Up A Trailer Is A Practical Homesteading Necessity

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119. Homesteading Skills 101: Making Or Purchasing Natural Pest Controls

120. How To Homestead Right: Making And Setting Traps For Predators

121. Preparing For A Blizzard Is A Fundamental Homesteading Skill

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122. Preparing For A Wildfire: An Essential Safety Skill

123. Chopping Ice Helps You Be Self Sufficient

124. The Homesteading Basics Of Self Defense

125. Safe And Practical Homesteading: Home Security

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126. Wilderness Survival Skills For Back To Basics Homesteading

127. Primal And Practical Homesteading: Foraging For Wild Food

128. Homesteading Skills To Learn: Tying Basic Knots

129. Identifying Edible And Poisonous Weeds, Berries, And Plants

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130. Identifying Harmless And Poisonous Snakes

131. Identifying Edible And Poisonous Mushrooms

132. First Aid And CPR On The Homestead

133. Assembling A 72-Hour Kit For Emergencies Is A Homesteading Essential

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134. Making Your Own Bandages As A Modern Homesteader

135. Emergency Homesteading Skills: Cleaning, Dressing, And Stitching A Wound

136. Growing Your Own Herbal Remedies

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137. Homesteading 101: Foaling, Kidding, Lambing, And Calving

138. Homestead Basics: Assisting Animals With Difficult Births

139. Knowing Veterinary Basics And When To Go To The Vet

140. Giving An Animal An Injection Is Basic Homesteading Knowledge

141. How To Homestead Right: Organizing Your Farm House

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142. Laying Out Your Homestead Like A Modern Homesteader

143. Accessing Homesteading Resources To Build Your Homesteading Knowledge

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144. Using A Rainwater Catchment System Is Practical Homesteading 101

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145. Purifying Water Is A Vital Homesteading Skill To Learn

146. Master Home Brewing

147. Make Your Own Kefir Or Kombucha

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148. Jam And Jelly Making For The Practical Homesteader

149. Homesteading 101: Fishing

150. Homesteading Basics: Fashioning A Bamboo Fishing Rod

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151. Homestead Skills Can Be Fun: Designing Fishing Lures And Spears

152. Hunt Wild Game Large And Small

153. Gun Safety for Safe And Practical Homesteading

154. Make Your Own Ammunition

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155. Handling, Shooting, And Cleaning A Gun

156. Homestead Essentials: Sharpening Knives And Axes

157. Humane Homesteading Skills: Killing, Gutting, And Cleaning An Animal

158. Practical Homesteading Basics: Tanning A Hide

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159. Humane Homesteading Skills: Euthanizing An Animal

160. How To Homestead Safely: Protecting Your Livestock From Predators

161. Killing And Plucking A Chicken

162. Butchering An Animal For Good Cuts Of Meat Is A Homestead Essential

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163. Back To Basics Homesteading: Building A Smoker

164. The Homesteading Skill Of Crafting A Traditional Stone Oven

165. Cooking Healthy Recipes Is Essential Homesteading Knowledge

166. Cooking And Baking From Scratch Is Practical Homesteading 101

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167. Can You Even Know How To Homestead Without Cooking A Whole Chicken?

168. Make Bone Broth Using Your Homestead’s Produce

169. Making Sauerkraut Is An Important Homesteading Skill To Learn

170. Grind Your Own Wheat

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171. Back To Basics Homesteading: Rendering Lard Or Tallow

172. Cooking With Odd Cuts Of Meat Expands Your Homesteading Knowledge

173. Homesteading 101: Making Yeast Dough For Loaves, Buns, And Pretzels

174. Making Sourdough Bread And Maintaining A Starter Are Homestead Essentials

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175. Delicious Homesteading Skills: Making Homemade Ice Cream

176. Pantry Essentials: Make Your Own Tomato Sauce

177. Modern Homesteaders Love Making Their Own Vinegar

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178. Homesteading Skills To Learn: Making Jerky

179. Learn How to Use A Smoker On The Homestead To Grow Your Homesteading Knowledge

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180. Do You Know How to Clean, Fillet, And Cook Fish?

181. Delicious Homesteading 101: Making Your Own Bacon And Cured Hams

182. Storing And Using Bacon Grease Is An Essential Homesteading Skill

183. Learning How To Ferment Your Own Pickles

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184. Water Bath Canning For Food Preservation Is A Homestead Essential

Fairly easy to learn, water bath canning can help you preserve your homegrown produce with only sealable jars and a pot of boiling water. This preservation method is safe for high-acidity foods.

185. Preserving Food By Pressure Canning

For lower-acidity foods, pressure canning is an option for preservation on the homestead.

186. Can You Be A Modern Homesteader Without A Pressure Cooker And Canner?

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187. Learn About Lacto-Fermentation For Food Preservation

188. Back To Basics Homesteading: Preserving Food By Freezing

189. Back To Basics Homesteading: Preserving Food By Dehydrating

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190. Back To Basics Homesteading: Dehydrating Corn

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191. Back To Basics Homesteading: Dehydrating Cabbage

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192. Back To Basics Homesteading: Dehydrating Leeks

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193. Back To Basics Homesteading: Dehydrating Asparagus

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194. Back To Basics Homesteading: Dehydrating Green Beans

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195. Back To Basics Homesteading: Dehydrating Scallions

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196. Back To Basics Homesteading: Dehydrating Cantaloupe

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197. Back To Basics Homesteading: Dehydrating Cauliflower

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198. Back To Basics Homesteading: Dehydrating Peas

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199. Back To Basics Homesteading: Storing Preserved Foods

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200. Building Your Homesteading Skills: Constructing Storage Shelves

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Phew! That’s a lot of homesteading skills! Now it’s time for you to pick a few new homesteading skills to dive into and put to work on your homestead today.

Your Turn!

  • What textile homesteading skill most appeals to you?
  • What practical homesteading skills did I miss?

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