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133 Homesteading Skills for the Modern Day Homesteader

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The key to a successful homestead does not only lie on being able to grow your own food but on other skills as well. Here is our list of homesteading skills that will surely help you be successful in your urban homesteading journey.

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Keep in mind that learning these skills will take time, patience and perseverance, and not all of these skills are applicable to certain situations. Hopefully, though, you’ll be able to pick up some great ideas that will inspire you and get you started!

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1. Canning all your garden produce.

Preserve fruits and vegetables from your homestead naturally so you can eat holistically all year long.

Canning | 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginners


2. How to compost.

Don’t throw out all your recyclable odds and ends. Put them in a compost and make your garden thrive with compost tea.

Composting | 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginners

3. How to bake bread.

Never rely again on grocery store breads with bleached flours or expensive healthy loaves. Bake your own at home!

How To Bake Bread | 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginners

4. Make homemade remedies for naturally treating ailments.

Take the time to heal yourself naturally with these home remedies!

Home Remedies | 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginners

5. Make homemade laundry detergent.

Make your own chemical-free detergent in either liquid or powder form.

Laundry Soap | 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginners

6. How to make playdough.

The kiddos will love it. And if they eat it, it’s made from organic ingredients so it’s not a risk to their health.

Play Dough | 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginner Homesteaders

7. How to make cheese from scratch.

Use your milk product to make your choice of fresh, delicious cheese.

Cheese | 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginner Homesteaders

8. Know how to make a compost bin.

Correctly storing your compost will save your backyard from smelling like a dumpster.

DIY Compost Bin | 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginner Homesteaders

9. Grow plants in your climate.

Every climate has a different time period for planting various seeds. Find the best one for your homestead.

Garden Hardiness Zones | 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginner Homesteaders

10. Know how to save seeds for future harvests.

Create a never-ending supply of seeds for your garden by learning how to correctly save and store seeds.

Saving Seeds | | 133 Homesteading Skills Every Homesteader Needs To Know

11. Know first aid and CPR.

Just in case there is an accident on the homestead, you should always be prepared (especially if you live out in the boonies like I do).

First Aid Training and Instructions | 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginner Homesteaders

12. Learn how to drive a tractor and a dirt bike.

This can greatly decrease the amount of time you spend walking back and forth from various chores on the homestead and is a great help when you need to carry heavy loads of supplies from one place to another.

Drive a Tractor | 133 Homesteading Skills Every Homesteader Needs To Know

13. Know how to ride a horse.

An alternative to the tractor and dirt bike (and much less of a gas hog) is the horse. Be sure you are conscious of weight limits for your breed if you are planning on using your horse to help carry supplies.

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How to Ride A Horse | 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginner Homesteaders

14.  Train animals (like dogs and horses).

Believe me when I say this will save you loads of time in the future. If you have to stop gardening to discipline a dog that’s using his digging skills in your garden and then replant the dissembled plants, you will waste more time than it takes to properly train him.

Train Your Dog | 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginner Homesteaders

15. Learn how to tie various knots.

If you have a very stubborn dog or horse that you have to keep tied up to stay out of trouble or if you just want to hang a line for your laundry you will need to know a variety of knots.

How To Tie Rope knots | 133 Homesteading Skills Every Homesteader Needs To Know


16.  Make simple booby traps.

Keep those pesky squirrels out of your cow’s feed or simply trap them for a little extra protein.


17. Change a tire and change oil.

Life on the homestead means no guarantees that someone is nearby at any given time. Learn this self-reliant skill so you don’t lose a whole day of work due to a busted tire.

How To Change A Tire | 133 Homesteading Skills Every Homesteader Needs To Know

18. Learn how to forage for wild herbal plants that can be used as medicine.

Preparation for emergencies is key, but in the event of injury in a natural disaster you may have to forage for plants with healing properties. Be very cautious when using herbs you did not plant yourself and do not use them unless you’re 100% sure that you have the correct plant.

Forage For Wild Plants | 133 Homesteading Skills Every Homesteader Needs To Know

19. Make your own fire starter.

Many people in Ireland still make their own natural fire starters today. This saves time when needing instant warmth on those blistering cold winter days.

Firestarters | 133 Homesteading Skills Every Homesteader Needs To Know

20. Know how to start a fire without a match.

No one should ever rely completely on one method or another. Learn how to start a fire in a variety of ways in case you are ever without matches.

Start A Fire | 133 Homesteading Skills Every Homesteader Needs To Know

21. Know how to properly handle, shoot, and clean a gun.

Predators and threats on the homestead are inevitable. Don’t let lack of gun knowledge be the reason that your family doesn’t get the protection they need.

Gun Safety | 133 Homesteading Skills Every Homesteader Should Know

22. Store a gun safely and properly.

Part of knowing how to use a gun is learning to store is safely away from children and possible attackers. You’ll sleep more soundly at night knowing it’s in a safe place.

gun storage tips | 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginners

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23. Know basic mechanic skills so you can fix your tractors and other vehicles.

Again, you wouldn’t want to lose an entire day of work just because a switch needed flipped or a bolt needed tightening.

Auto Mechanic Skills | 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginner Homesteaderss

24. Know how to hunt wild game.

Make sure you have the proper licenses to hunt game and provide more protein for your family and keep your livestock’s predators at bay.

Hunting Safety | | 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginner Homesteaders

25. Know the relevant legislation and regulations regarding hunting wild game in your area.

It is only legal to hunt certain animals during specific seasons and the consequences for hunting game outside of it’s respective season can end in costly fines or the restriction/loss of your hunting license.

Hunting Safety | | 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginner Homesteaders

26. Make your own meat smokehouse. 

Whether you butcher your own livestock or hunt wild game you will need a way to preserve the meat properly.

Diy Smoker | 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginner Homesteaders

27. Use a smokehouse to smoke and cure meat.

Learn which techniques work best for different types of meat.

Smoke & Cure Meat | 133 Homesteading Skills for Beginner Homesteaders

28. Know how to milk a cow and goat.

You may think that one is exactly like the other, but I assure you it is not. Learn the basics of milking your livestock. Every cow and goat is different and so you will have to learn to adjust your techniques accordingly, but the basics remain the same.

How to Milk A Cow or Goat | 133 Homesteading Skills for Beginner Homesteaders

29. Learn how to fish.

Fish is packed full of rich vitamins our bodies love. Hopefully your nearest waterbed is also packed full of fish. Make sure you check any rules or legislation regarding catching different breeds of fish as they can be seasonal as well.

Learn How To Fish | 133 Homesteading Skills

30. Know how to clean and cook fish.

It can be tricky to clean a fish because of all the tiny bones. Learn the proper way to clean and cook fish so that you can avoid any sharp bones while eating your catch.

Fish Recipe | 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginner Homesteaders

30. Make your own candles.

Electricity is another luxury on a homestead, especially during storms and power outages. Making your own candle’s will save you money and keep you from early evening’s spent in the dark.


31. Learn how to sew clothing.

Save your husband’s favorite pair of jeans, upcycle an old dress into a beautiful blouse, or adjust your children’s hemlines so that they’re not tripping over pants that are too long.

How To Sew | 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginner Homesteaders

32. Learn how to wash clothes without using a washing machine.

Power is not only never a guarantee, it is also costly to run this large machinery. Save money and electricity by cleaning your washables by hand.

How To Hand Was Clothes | 133 Homesteading Skills

33. Dry laundry using a drying rack or clothesline.

Give your clothes a breath of fresh air and dry them outdoors instead of opting for the costly electric dryer option.

How To Hang clothes To Dry | 133 Homesteading Skills for Beginner Homesteaders

34. Learn how to bake without any power.

Every homesteader should know a few ways to cook without any power. We’ve gone a step further and made a tutorial on how to bake without the help of electricity.

Bake Without Any Power | 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginners

35. Know how to humanely kill, gut and clean an animal.

Butchering time is never a happy time on the farm, but it’s necessary to know how to humanely put your livestock down so they do not suffer. You must also know how to gut and clean them so the meat does not spoil.

Venison | | 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginners

36.  Know how to properly kill and pluck a chicken.

Once chickens have stopped laying eggs and are ready to be butchered, they must also be killed and cleaned properly to ensure there is no spoilage to the meat. They require a little extra work due to the plucking process, but it is well worth it.

Chicken Care | | 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginners

37. Make and maintain your own sourdough starter.

My mother always used a portion of others starter’s and would be reluctant to leave it for more than a couple days, worrying that it would die and she would be forced to bum more from a friend. That’s why I learned to make my own (I also like being the generous friend who shares).

Sourdough Starter | 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginners

38. Learn how to make homemade cleaning supplies.

Cut the chemicals and opt for natural ingredients in your cleaning supplies. You’ll spend a little time to save a lot of money.

Homemade Cleaning Supplies | 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginners

39. Know how to cut, bale, and stack hay.

Keeping your hay organized will cut chaos out of your homestead.

How to Bale Hay | 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginners

40. Know how to knit, quilt,  or crochet.

This skill will provide a relaxing hobby that the whole family can benefit from.

How To Crochet | 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginners

41. Make your own greenhouse.

Grow produce all year long in a homemade greenhouse.

133 Homesteading Skills for the Modern Day Homesteader

42. Grind your own wheat for baking.

Never spend money on flour again! Grind your own grains and create an assortment of flours. If you have a grinder this process is infinitely easier.

Grind Your Own Wheat For Baking | 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginners

43. Prepare wheat without a grinder.

If you don’t have a grinder or wheat mill, there is another technique I learned to prepare wheat.

Wheat Grinder | 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginners


44. Set up your own chicken brooder.

Skip the hassle of feeding your chickens by hand every day by setting up this easy chicken brooder.

133 Homesteading Skills for the Modern Day Homesteader

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45. Make your own chicken feed.

Find a recipe that works for your chickens. You may even be able to use things you have on hand already!

Chickens Feeding | 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginners

46. Learn how to tell if your chickens are molting.

Deciphering chicken behavior is important so that you will know when health problems arise or what to expect during certain seasons or times in a chicken’s life (like molting season).

Molting Chicken | 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginners

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47. Build a geodesic dome.

You can use this structure for extra storage, a chicken coop or as a greenhouse. Either way, these domes are useful additions for homesteads.


48. Grow herbs.

Herbs can be used for their medicinal properties, to flavor an otherwise bland meal, or just to look pretty in your garden. Generally they are low maintenance plants with a wealth of uses.

How To Grow Your Own Herbs | 133 Homesteading Skills for Beginners


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49. Know how to dry herbs.

Preserve your herbs for teas, spices, or to hang in your home as an acting air freshener.

How To Dry Herbs | 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginners

50. Learn how to make herbal extracts, salves, infusions, poultices and tinctures.

Herbs have long been used as natural medicines. Learn this art and heal yourself and your loved ones naturally before you head to the pharmacy.

How to Make Herbal Tinctures | 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginners

51. Know how to make organic mosquito repellent.

The ingredients in mosquito repellent can be harmful to skin and some have even been linked to cancer. Make your own natural mosquito repellent free from these harmful chemicals.

Mosquito Repellent | 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginners

52. Know how to make a natural mosquito trap.

Learn how to trap these pesky insects with traps made from all natural ingredients.

Mosquito Repelling Ideas | 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginners

53. Prepare your homestead for wildfire.

Be sure that you are taking every precaution against wildfire spreading across your homestead.

Prepare For Fire | 133 Homesteading Skills

54. Prepare your homestead for tornadoes.

Every homestead should have a storm shelter in the event that this natural disaster blows through your neck of the woods.

Surviva A Tornado | 133 Homesteading Skills for Beginners

55. Prepare your homestead for blizzards.

Make sure your family and your livestock are protected against freezing temperatures.

Surviva A Blizzard | 133 Homesteading Skills for Beginners

56. Wax cheese for long term storage.

Make your homemade cheese last throughout the year(s) with this storage method!

How to Make Cheese | 133 Homesteading Skills for Beginners

57. Know how to plant and grow tomatoes.

I find myself putting tomatoes in almost every recipe during the summer. Tomatoes are easy to plant and maintain once you get into the habit.

Learn how to prune tomatoes so you can harvest all summer long. | 133 Homesteading Skills for Beginners

58. Know how to preserve and can tomatoes properly.

Nothing makes me more excited for the summer than popping open a can of salsa or canned tomatoes on a cold winter day.

Canning Supplies | 133 Homesteading Skills for Beginners

59. Dehydrate foods to preserve them.

Each food requires a different amount of time and slight variations on the dehydration process. Using this method means that you can enjoy your favorite foods even when they’re not in season.

How To Dehydrate Food | 133 Homesteading Skills for Beginners

60. Make your own all-natural skincare items.

Reduce the amount of harsh chemicals you expose your skin to and protect it from the harsh conditions of the environment organically with these recipes.

Natural Skin Care Products | 133 Homesteading Skills for Beginners

61. Make homemade beauty products.

Even though I spend most of my days covered in mud and smelling like a barn, I like to take care of myself and look good the natural way.

Honey | 133 Homesteading Skills for Beginners

62. Make your own dog food.

Give your pups an organic diet to keep them healthy longer.

Bonus points: Make your own doggy treats.

Give your dog the treats they deserve. After all, they’re part of the family too.

Dog Biscuits | 133 Homesteading Skills for Beginners

63. Learn to Prospect For Gold

Learn to make some extra cha-ching by mining the nearest river. (E-book available here)

Gold Mining | 133 Homesteading Skills for Beginners

64. Learn vermiculture.

If you’re composting you should be using this method to help breakdown all the contents of your bin.

Worm Farming | 133 Homesteading Skills for Beginners

65. Learn permaculture.

I promise you your entire homestead will thrive if you implement permaculture correctly.

Permaculture | 133 Homesteading Skills for Beginners

66. Cook using a cast iron skillet.

Cook like your grandmother with a cast iron skillet – but first learn how to properly season and clean it!

Cast Iron Skillet | 133 Homesteading Skills for Beginners

67. Learn how to plant a tree.

Depending on the varieties you plan to plant, you may need to learn a few different processes. Also, you should learn to prune and harvest anything that grows on your trees.

Plant a Tree | 133 Homesteading Skills for Beginners

68. Know how to properly cut down a tree.

If a tree has reached the end of it’s cycle or poses a threat to your safety, you should cut it down carefully using the correct techniques. Do not assume you know how to do this without having the knowledge you need.

Grid | 133 Homesteading Skills for Beginners

69. Know how to propagate plants through root cuttings.

Just like seeds can be harvested and replanted, so can roots of certain plants. Save yourself some money and a trip to a nursery by re-planting roots of certain plants.

How To Propagate Plants | 133 Homesteading Skills

70. Learn how to assist an animal having difficulty giving birth.

I’ve learned the hard way that you can’t always wait on a vet to assist in an emergency situation. Pregnant animals will not always give birth with much warning so you have to be prepared to jump in and help where you can.

Baby Goats | 133 Homesteading Skills

71. Learn how to assist with foaling, kidding, lambing and calving.

Even in a healthy birth, you will still need to be near to take care of your animals after they are born. Be sure to do your homework for whichever animals will be giving birth and learning anything you can do to help the process go more smoothly. Mostly be there to keep the mother calm and hydrated.

Sheep | 133 Homesteading Skills

72. Learn to tell whether an animal needs to be taken to the vet or if you can just do the doctoring yourself at home.

If you live way out there it can be quite a hassle (and a fee) to get a vet to come out for something that could have been easily fixed yourself. Learn about your animal’s anatomy, behavior and special needs so you’ll be better equipped to help them before you make a phone call.

Cute Baby Pig | 133 Homesteading Skills

73. Learn how to keep bees and harvest honey.

Even if you have an urban homestead, you can keep bees in your backyard! Learn how to keep your hive healthy and honey harvesting tips and techniques.

Honeycomb in Mason Jar | 133 Homesteading Skills

74. Learn how to build your own chicken coop.

Each flock is different and requires a different amount of space. Learn to scale and build your own chicken coop in 4 easy steps. (You’ll love these DIY plans).


75. Know how to purify water in different ways.

Use various methods to make sure that you always have access to clean water.

how to purify water | 133 Homesteading Skills

76. Make your own still which can be used to purify water.

Purify your water or, if you’re of the right age, make some moonshine in your own distiller.

How to Make A DIY Still | 133 Homesteading Skills


77. Learn basic carpentry skills.

Building things with your hands not only will save you money, but will also make you swell with pride when you see your handiwork.

Carpentery Skills | 133 Homesteading Skills

78. Know how to build and fix a fence.

Keep your livestock in and predators out by learning to build and repair a fence.

Click here to learn how to install a chain link fence

How To Build a Fence | 133 Homesteading Skills

79. Learn how sharpen a knife, ax and other cutting tools.

Keep your tools sharp and prolong their lives by sharpening them yourself.

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DIY Knife | 133 Homesteading Skills

80. Understand the basics of animal breeding.

This will save you lots of money and could even earn you some if you decide to sell some of the animals you breed.

Breeding Animals | 133 Homesteading Skills

81. Make meat stock from scratch.

Using every part of the animal has always been very important to me. Not only does it reduce waste, it also seems more respectful to the animal to me.

Meat From Stock | 133 Homesteading Skills

82. Recycle and repurpose everyday items. 

Avoid buying things over and over again when what you have can be used for what you need. This will challenge your creativity!

Recycle Old Items | 133 Homesteading Skills

83. Know How To Stay Warm In A Sleep Bag


Staying warm is essential for survival.

Stay Warm In Sleeping Bag | 133 Homesteading Skills


84. Make your own oil lamp.

This lamp made from organic materials is an easy project that provides a good light source for those nights without power.

Mason Jar Oil Lamp | 133 Homesteading Skills

85. Make your own solar lamp.

Use a different energy with this homemade solar lamp.

DIY Solar Lamp | 133 Homesteading Skills

86. Know how to use alternative energy sources like solar or wind to power your homestead.

This could save you lots of money in the long run and provides a natural source of power for cleaner energy.

Alternative Energy Sources | 133 Homesteading Skills

87. Know how to use a sewing machine.

Just learning to thread the machine took me a while. But the more you know about your machine, the easier time you will have using it.

How To Use A Sewing Machine | 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginners

88. Make your own vinegar.

This can either be used for cooking, cleaning or even for medicinal properties. Either way, it’s a handy thing to know!

How To Make Vinegar | 133 Homesteading Skills

89. Build an outdoor rocket stove.

Learn to make an outdoor stove for warmth or too cook outdoors.

The biolite is a great alternative

Camping Recipes | 133 Homesteading Skills

90. Know how to protect your livestock from predators.

Some things may be as simple as creating a predator-proof lock or home for your livestock, other times you may have to take more drastic measures with brute force. Know your predators and figure out your best line of defense.

Protect Chickens | 133 Homesteading Skills

91. Make your own cheese press.

To make certain types of cheeses, you will absolutely need this equipment (which can be expensive, so it’s best to make your own).

How To Make Cheese | 133 Homesteading Skills

92. Understand and learn the process of home brewing.

Making your own beer is rewarding and delicious. Also, the process is easy once you get the hang of it.

Homebrewing | 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginner Homesteaders


93.  Learn the art of haggling.

This may seem like a game for cheapskate’s, but it is actually handy to make sure you’re not getting ripped off when you know what something is worth.

133 Homesteading Skills for the Modern Day Homesteader

94. Know What You Can Throw Away

There are certain things homesteaders can live without. What items are you wiling to give up?

133 Homesteading Skills For Beginner Homesteaders

95. Learn how to properly determine an animal’s age by its teeth.

This will be especially helpful when a stray wanders into your home or to when buying animals it will help you determine whether or not the dealer or farmer you are buying from is being honest about the age of livestock.

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96. Stay Warm In Winter

You’ll love these winter hacks for staying warm. Homesteaders are excellent at utilizing all of their resources and thinking outside the box.

How to Stay Warm In Winter | 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginner Homesteaders

97. Know how to properly restrain livestock.

Animals can be a bit unpredictable at times and if they need to be restrained for one reason or another, you should know how to do so for each animal on your homestead.

133 Homesteading Skills For Beginner Homesteaders

98. Understand Holistic Management

Homesteaders should consider their appraoch to agriculture and farming, and how it affects the world at large.

 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginner Homesteaders


99. Learn the importance of Gray Water.

Recycling the water you use around your homestead will do wonders for the environment.

133 Homesteading Skills for the Modern Day Homesteader

100. Learn The Process of Sugaring | Tapping Maple Trees To Make Syrup

Tapping maple trees in late winter is a great pastime, and the results are divine! Check out our tutorial.

133 Homesteading Skills for the Modern Day Homesteader


101. Learn how to pasteurize milk.

To keep milk longer and break it down into a form that our bodies can find more friendly than raw milk, learn to pasteurize it.

Milk | 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginners

102. Learn how to read the weather.

Forecasting can be possible with subtle clues from Mother Nature. Predict when a storm is coming, how strong it is likely to be, and when it is likely to occur.

How to Gage The Weather | 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginners

103. Know how to properly use your tools.

Knowing your tools is another key tool.

133 Homesteading Skills For Beginners

104. Know your own physical and mental skill limitations.

Often times I start to get down on myself for not accomplishing an impossibly long to-do list. Just accept that you are human, imperfect and only capable within your limitations. That doesn’t mean you’ve failed, it just means you have to adjust your expectations and ask for help when it’s needed.

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105. Live within your means and get out of debt.

In case you haven’t noticed, most of these skills are about learning how to use what you have or make what you don’t have to save some money. That doesn’t mean that I’m cheap, it just means that I like to live with what I have and get what I need without accumulating a mountain of debt. Lift the burden of owing money and learn to live within your means!

Get Out Of Debt | 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginners

106. Learn how to use a garden shovel, spade or hoe properly.

This may seem simple, but you can save yourself backaches and blisters by adjusting your grip slightly or using one muscle rather than another.

133 Homesteading Skills for Beginners

107. Learn how to identify the difference between edible and poisonous mushrooms.

This is the difference between life and death. Don’t ever eat it unless you are sure. Learn where the varieties of mushrooms grow and any subtle differences between varieties. When in doubt, don’t eat it!

133 Homesteading Skills for Beginners


108. Learn how to forage for wild edibles in your area.

Again, if you are not growing the food yourself you must take every precaution before ingesting anything. Learn what edibles grow in  your neck of the woods and which markers indicate a safe plant versus a harmful plant.

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Foraging for Wild Edible Plants


109. Learn how to create a 72-hour kit for emergencies and Bug Out Bags.

In the event of an emergency that requires you to be ready to leave your home at a moments notice, you should have kits or bug out bags put together so you can live temporarily with the essentials.

Emergency Kit

110. Make your own jams, jellies, salsas, chutneys and sauces.

This will keep your produce in your cupboards and filling your belly all year long.

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111. Know how to butcher an animal and the proper cuts of meat.

The art of butchery is different for every animal. Different cuts should be cooked different ways so you should know which cuts work for every animal you are butchering before you start making cuts.

How to Properly Butcher Meat | 133 Homesteading Skills for Beginners

112. Learn to heat your home with wood.

This will save you from those large heat bills during the winter if you use this in place of electric heat or it can act as an emergency  heating source when your power goes out.

How To Use A Wood Burner | 133 Homesteading Skills for Beginners

113. Make your own yogurt and butter.

If your milk supply is too much for your family to keep up with, make your own yogurt and butter at home! It’s a tasty, natural alternative to store bought dairy.

How To Make Yogurt | 133 Homesteading Skills for Beginners

114. Learn how to build a fire in the rain.

In case you find yourself temporarily removed from your home and in need of a heat source, you should be prepared to start a fire even in inclement weather.

How To Start A Fire Anywhere | 133 Homesteading Skills for Beginners

115. Learn how to prevent plumbing pipes from freezing and how to thaw them out during winter.

Ever turned the faucet on in winter only to get creaks and groans instead of water? I’ve been in that boat before, and it is not fun, my friend. Learn how to prevent freezing pipes and how to thaw them just in case they freeze up anyway.

How To PRevent Your Home From Freezing| 133 Homesteading Skills for Beginners

116. Learn how to handle eggs and tell if they are fertilized or not.

If you have a rooster in your flock, this is crucial. You do not want to crack open an egg to find an unpleasant surprise – especially if you are trying to hatch chicks.

Quail Eggs | 133 Homesteading Skills for Beginners

117.  Know What To Do With Leftover Bananas

Bananas are a great energy source and easy to add to a large array of recipes. Make sure you know how to make a mean banan bread, as well as these other fantastic banana recipes.

Banana Bread Recipes

118. Keep your livestock well fed with fresh homegrown fodder

Having your own fodder system will save you money, and ensure freshness with maxium nutrients.

Fodder |133 Homesteading Skills for Beginners

119. Learn how to garden with straw

Straw bale gardening is a game changer for those with poor soil.

Straw Bale Gardening |133 Homesteading Skills for Beginners

120. Know how to properly tan a hide.

I mentioned earlier that I believe every part of the animal should be utilized, and that include it’s hide. Learn techniques for tanning the skins of all your wild game.

133 Homesteading Skills for the Modern Day Homesteader


121. Learn how to harvest, split and stack firewood.

Not all woods are good for fire – especially in an indoor fireplace or furnace. Learn which woods grow in your area and how to split it so that it will be easy to stack and store.

Stack Firewood | 133 Homesteading Skills for Beginners


122. Learn to Reuse Your Citrus Peels

Orange Peels can be utilized on and around the homestead in various effective ways.

Uses For Orange Peels | 133 Homesteading Skills for Beginners

123. Know what flowers are safe to eat

Turns out some flowers are edible, and even great additions to desserts and salads!

Edible Flowers | 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginners

124. Know the Benefits of Charcoal

Charcoal has many benefits, you can even use activated charcoal around the homestead.

Benefits of Charcoal | 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginners

125. Know Essentials To Keep on Hand at the Barn

Always keep your barn equipped.

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126. Know The Basics of Aquaponics

Understanding aquaponics will help you and your garden thrive!

aquaponics | 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginners

127. How to Make Your Own Soap

This skill is a must if you plan on going off the grid and staying clean.

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128. How to Freeze Herbs

So They Stay Fresh Longer…

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129. Know the Best Spices to Always Have On Hand

Keep these common spces in your pantry for easing ailments and for cooking.

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130. How to Vacuum Seal Food for Wise Food Storage

Your food will easily go bad if you don’t seal it properly.

133 Homesteading Skills For Beginners

131. How to Make Epic Pancakes… (A Homesteading MUST!)

Behind every good homesteader is a great pancake recipe.

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132. How to Build a Hydroponic Garden

Great for Indoor Gardening

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133. Know The Alternative Uses For Honey

True homesteader’s have a soft spot for bees.

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We probably missed some skills in there so please feel free to tell us some of the things you do or have learned on your homestead that we missed.

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Would love to see each one of the items on this list turned into a live “link” directly to an article on that subject or skill.

Riley Carlson

Thanks RSandman! I will be filling these in as I create tutorials for them. I’ve got lots of stuff coming for my readers! Thanks for the comment and look for updates soon.


How come you can not click on all the 121 homesteading skills, only some?

Riley Carlson

Hi Lana! As I told RSandman, I will be creating tutorials for many of these and filling them in as I go! I’ve got lots of articles started, so be on the lookout for more links on the list as I go. Thanks for the comment!

Walt Markov

Excellent. Over the years I have read many great articles related to this material. This is the best comphrensvie lising I have seen.

Any change of PDF version?

Best Regards


WOW !!! what a great start–love what you have compiled..I appreciate seeing & reading what you have done.


My lady and I just moved out of the city onto a few acres outside of town and while I know a lot of this stuff having grown up in the country there is still much to learn and acquire. I look forward to the tutorials. Keep them coming.
I am amassing a library of reference material and you can bet your last can of beans these will be a big part of it. Everyone should know this stuff. Thank you!!!!!

Riley Carlson

Thank you for your support! I hope you’ve been continuing to learn with us!

Patty Collins

Very excellent list! I look forward to clicking on the links that are already live and then the others as they become ready to view!!


There are two ’30’s so there’s actually 122 skills!


Why are some of the articles not clickable?

Cliff A

I would include this to your list: Learn how to read a map and use a compass
Next I would add this: how to tell North from South, East from West by using your hands only.

Mona T

You have knitting and crocheting as necessary skills, but where are you going to get the yarn? Harvesting the fiber from animals and plants (cotton, hemp, and flax, at least), preparing it, and spinning it on a wheel or a spindle are important, too! Weaving is another one. And I don’t remember, was hand-sewing on the list?

I’m going to pin this list! I look forward to reading through your tutorials as you add them!

Riley Carlson

That’s on my list of things to learn! Thanks Mona!

Lena Rollins

I have been working with drier lint as well for making it into yarn. Soon I plan on making it into paper as well. Just trying to not wast any resources.

Unit Ed

My wife and I use raised beds,cold-frames,hoop house ,vertical gardening and
Hugelkultur beds for the garden and our compost piles are based
on the set up described by the Nearings in their book, Living The
Goodlife! Thank you

Ted Southworth

Your newsletter looks very informative


Thank you Riely for the highly interesting list. I would suggest to add the following skills: Learning how to:
make a pond
Make aquaculture (fish)
Gray water management
Rain harvesting
I look foreword to read more of your articles. Keep going.

Rebecca |

What a great list! I was happy to see I know how to do more than I thought I did, and am thinking about what goals I can make for next year. Pinning and sharing with my readers as well.


Learn how to trap nuisance animals from house mice to raccoons, skunks, coyotes or whatever may be a threat to your livestock. Learn how to use live traps and kill traps and when to use which. Hot to properly dispose of trapped animals. Know the trapping regulations in your area.

Great list! I would add, in addition to hand sewing, rescue and learn to use a foot-powered treadle sewing machine. People throw these away all the time, while they are easy to use, easy to maintain and have all metal parts. I learned to knit this past year. It helps to join a group. We meet once a week at our local library and these ladies have taught me enough to get going and now I have the confidence to knit sweaters and socks.Lastly, add learning to make your own soap to the list. I have had dry skin my… Read more »
Sandra Turski
spinning and weaving , dying. You don’t have to buy an expensive spinning wheel you can take a dowel and a small wooden wheel both available at craft store. Put a notch near the top of the dowel similar to a crochet hook tie a lead sting to the base of the stick and start to spin the stick like a top. Spinning is easy it just takes practice. Make your own yarn. Women and men have been spinning for thousands of years with tools more crude than this. Looms are equally easy to make. Dye is growing in your… Read more »

Your choice of thumbnail in “50. Learn how to make herbal extracts, salves, infusions, poultices and tinctures” is interesting 😉
Bookmarked this page! Very interesting!

Kathy Harris

That is a wonderful list and I appreciated the additions found in the comments of others. Thank you for the compilation and information. I look forward to continuing info from you.

Jason Tinkey

I have a real simple one, however might be useful to some. How to make baby food.


I love this post! I’m not really down with the pasteurized milk, though, unless there would be a specific need to pasteurize it. From my experience, grass-fed raw milk is optimal. Heat kills the good stuff that makes it more nourishing. I’m a believer in beneficial bacteria. Just my opinion. This can be a surprisingly touchy subject, but even our local Amish farmers don’t pasteurize and promote its health benefits. I will confess that i do heat my milk for yogurt making often because it creates a thicker yogurt which my family prefers. Thanks for the awesome article!


May i please add cloth diapering and feminine care to the list please?

Jody at 24/7 Home Security

I know that took some time to put together. Thanks for the great resources. I never knew a chicken could be so ugly.


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122. Don’t gender jobs. You’re gonna be up a creek with no paddle if your spouse or partner dies and you don’t know how to do their chores. Guys, quit smirking ’cause I’m lookin at you too.

Soap making, lye making, using pool bleach to make your own cheap bleach, There are also two books, what to do when there’s no dentist or doctor that are use for people in third world countries, Learn to make a solar food dryer, How to make your own oils, how to test and amend soil properly, dry farming practices, making a cistern, companion gardening, natural garden pest control, midwifery skills, How to make yarn and cotton fabrics, How to properly wash dishes off grid, How to save your own seeds from your own food, How to plant in fall for… Read more »

Oh, quilting by hand would also be a good one.


Water, finding it, cleaning it, storing it!!!


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David Phillips

I thoroughly enjoyed your list! I would include, building and using a root cellar and pickling in crocks.
Thank you so much for all the great information!!!☺
David Phillips

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Thank you for a wonderful article some of the skills you mentioned are already on my list of things to learn, and others have just been added after reading this.

Thank you so much

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