Checking Off Homesteading Skills

Monday, April 8, 2013

I saw this list of 101 homesteading skills and thought it would be fun to see how many of them I already knew how to do. After reading it over and checking them off I was surprised at how many I already use or knew how to do. It also gave me a good list of new skills to learn. Not all of them will pertain to a suburban homestead, but the list would be a good stating point for anyone trying to improve their knowledge of homesteading. And, I’m sure if we put our minds to it we could come up with 1001 things a homesteader should know.

Just for fun see how many you already know then make plans to learn a few new ones in 2013!

1. to use a chainsaw safely
to grow a vegetables & herbs
  to sharpen an edged tool – knife, axe, hoe, chisel etc.
to use and store firearms safety
  to tan rabbit skins
6. to read the weather
7. to spin wool, cotton or angora into thread or yarn using a spinning wheel or drop spindle
to use long handles tools without hurting your back
to light a fire indoors or outdoors
to buy at an auction without paying too much

to mend clothes
to butcher rabbits or chickens
to hang clothes on a clothesline
to operate & maintain a tiller
15. the unique traits of different trees & their types of wood
to cook from scratch
17. to pasteurize milk
to conserve & save water
to recognize healthy plants & animals versus unhealthy

basic sewing skills
to ear tag or tattoo an animal
to tell an animal’s age by its teeth
23. to replace a broken window
to drive a stick shift

25. Learn how to thaw out frozen pipes without busting them

to graft a fruit tree
27. to hand thresh & winnow wheat or oats & other small grains
28. to train a working cattle or sheep dog
29. to read the moon and stars
to make cheese
to live within your means
to catch, clean & fillet a fish

33. to use a wash tub, hand-wringer and washboard
to make soap or detergent

to build a bunk planter
to can canning & preserve food
to save seeds
to de-horn livestock
basic leather work or repair
to plan for the future – orchard, livestock program, or energy sources
to repair with duct tape, baling twine or whatever is on hand
to read an almanac
to put down an animal
to cook on an open fire
entertain yourself without electronic media
to shear a sheep, electric & hand
to maintain shears
to swap, barter and network with like-minded people
to make candles
50. to dig & use a shallow well
to refinish furniture
52. to drive a draft animal
  to realistically deal with life, death and failure
to use & maintain an oil lamp
to treat livestock injuries
to restrain large livestock
  to use a sewing machine
to give an IM or Sub-Q injection
to properly use hand tools
to recognize your own physical and mental limits
how and when to prune grapes and fruit trees
to hatch out eggs
63. to use a scythe
64. to skin a furred animal & stretch the skin
65. to tell the time of day by the sun
to milk a goat, sheep or cow
to stomach tube a newborn animal
  to butcher large livestock
to use a wood stove & to bank a fire
to make butter
71. to knit or crochet
to make & use a hot bed or cold frame
to deliver a piglet, calf, lamb or goat
74. to know when winter is over
to plant a tree
to brood day-old chicks
77. to dye yarn or cloth from plants
to haggle like a horse trader
to bake bread from scratch
80. to use a pressure tank garden sprayer
to halter break a horse, cow, sheep or goat
to graft baby animals onto a foster-mother
83. to weave cloth
to grow kitchen herbs
to make sausage
to set and bait traps for unwanted vermin and predators
to grind wheat into flour
88. to make paper and ink
89. to learn when it is more economical to buy ready-made or make it yourself
to castrate large livestock
to choose a location for a vegetable garden or orchard
92. to weave a basket
93. to use electric netting or fencing
to make fire starters

95. to use a pressure cooker
96. to correctly attach 3 point hitch implements to a tractor
to trim hooves of goats or sheep
to sew a quilt
99. to make wine or beer
basic plumbing & electrical
to shoot a rifle & handgun

73 down

28 to go!

Not bad. Not bad at all!!

2 Responses to “Checking Off Homesteading Skills”

  1. Bonnie MS says:

    What a great list! I printed it off to put in my urban homesteading binder to see what I can learn on it 😀 I hope you don’t mind.

  2. jenn says:

    I don’t mind at all Bonnie. That’s what the blog is here for…to teach, to encourage, to inspire. Feel free to make it your own by adding skills you are interested in. Treat the list like a jumping off point, and have fun with it.

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