In this edition of Homesteading Basics, let’s talk about learning homesteading skills you need if you’re going to be a modern-homesteader, and where the best place is to get those skills.
Watch the video here: (video length: 2:38 minutes)
A True Story
My son was using the mower the other day and ran out of gas.
He left it in the south pasture with the key turned on, and the battery died.
Now he’s off on a trip, and I’m stuck with a dead battery.
This got me thinking about all of the skills you need to be a modern-day homesteader.
Do you have the skills you need?
Here are some basic skills that you’re definitely going to need on your homestead:
- Basic electrical knowledge
- Carpentry skills
- Plumbing knowledge
- Animal husbandry
- Gardening methods and techniques
- Home Medicine
If you don’t already possess this knowledge, these skills can take a while to acquire.
Where to gain homesteading knowledge
One of the best places to get the knowledge you need is to attend a Mother Earth News Fair. They are held all over the U.S. There are a lot of different workshops in a two-to-three-day period. They offer the basic skills you’ll need for your homestead.
Here are a few other suggestions to help you improve your homesteading skills:
Your local farmer
See if he or she will give you a few tips or pointers on something specific, like animal husbandry. Offer to pay him or trade him something that he needs, maybe even your labor.
Big Box Stores
A lot of the big box supply stores offer Saturday morning classes in home improvement skills, including basic plumbing, electrical, and carpentry.
Local Community College
Many community colleges offer nighttime and weekend classes in auto repair, small engine repair, carpentry, basic plumbing, and electrical.
There are thousands of online classes from home medicine to gardening. Choose the one that gives you the knowledge you need and works with your schedule.
County Extension Master Gardeners
Master Gardeners are a community of volunteers trained in horticulture by the County Extension Office. You can become a Master Gardener by learning valuable plant and soil information. Then volunteer 40 hours during the year and give your knowledge back to your community. Check your local or state extension office for more information, or call your local Master Gardener hotline for more information on the public classes they offer.
Local Master Classes
In many places, there are local classes offered by specialty groups. For instance, Master beekeepers, Master composters, and others often offer classes for free or a small fee to attend. Look online for groups near you.
There are hundreds of thousands of videos online to help you gain the skills you need in just about any area of homesteading.