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There really is a limitless amount of skills to learn on the homestead. Getting back to basics by being self sufficient requires a lot of old fashioned skills that have been lost in todays world. As a homesteader the bucket list always seems to grow. Here’s 149 Homestead Skills to inspire your journey- no matter where you live!
Living on a homestead is a constantly learning curve. It’s been the most exciting and scary part of having land, animals and an old farm house.
There’s so much to do, so many possibilities and lots of excitement! How do you manage to do it all? I’ve picked up a few time management hacks when trying to get everything done. Who knows you could just learn it all this year!
Today I share with you 149 homestead skills you might try adding to your own bucket list. Go ahead and be inspired- just don’t think you have to do it all! If I’ve missed something, PLEASE comment below and let me know! Tell me- What’s on your bucket list?
There is a lot to learn when it comes to homesteading. In this post I’ll share with you the skills I’ve learned so far and homesteading skills to aspire to. There is an endless amount of things to learn and experience.
Grow pumpkins and make a pie
I make all my pumpkin puree at the peak of pumpkin season in October and just after Halloween. If you don’t have your own puree, then go ahead and used canned- but once you’ve tried it you won’t go back!
Plant garlic and save the biggest and best to replant
Grow a large no till vegetable garden
If planting a backyard vegetable garden is on your homestead bucket list, then look no further than this post! I’m going to show you the very basic gardening tips for the ultimate foolproof approach to vegetable gardening for beginners. Ready? Let’s do this!
Cut down trees
Plant an orchard
Our beginners guide to planting fruit trees and starting a small backyard orchard or food forest will help you feed your family for years to come. You’ll learn how to grow fruit trees and fruit bearing plants with tips and tricks for planting, maintenance and preserving. Ready? Let’s do this!
Eat a tomato a day for 3 months- toast and tomato sandwich anyone?
Prune old fruit trees
If you do anything on the homestead this winter, prune your apple and plum fruit trees. Mid winter is the time to prune your fruit trees for a healthy, abundant harvest in the summer. I’ll share with you three easy pruning tips and tricks to make that first cut less stressful!
The easiest seeds to save during harvest season are tomatoes, pumpkins, zucchini, marigolds. Go ahead and challenge yourself to start a seed stash for self sufficiency.
Plant perennial bulbs
Build a split rail fence
Plant evergreen trees
Grow tomatoes from seed and make salsa
Use leaves as effective mulch
USE MASON JARS FOR …EVERYTHING!
Simply white chalk painted mason jars can be one of the most useful rustic centrepiece. Create a mason jar farmhouse decoration in only a few minutes! Change the greenery to match any season, holiday, or colour scheme.
Turn antlers into decor
Not only do creative hobbies allow for increased endorphins ( the happy hormones) they also provide a way for moms especially to feel productive, mentally sharp by learning something new and as a way to turn a hobby you love as an extra income source.
Master making the perfect apple pie
Apple Pie is by far THE best desert. Who doesn’t love apple pie? Warm sweet apples, hints of cinnamon and vanilla, and a buttery flaky crust. Learn how to make homemade apple pie from scratch and you’ll be asked to make the pie for all the potlucks and family dinners.
LEARN HOW TO DRIVE A TRACTOR
DRY CLOTHES ON THE LINE/BY WOODSTOVE
CAN APPLE SAUCE
This Apple Sauce recipe is a quick and easy option for canning apples in bulk, When apple season is at its peak. A great grab and go snack for the babies and the kids lunches. A cheap and healthy pantry staple, this no sugar apple sauce recipe is a must for your family!
Make bread from scratch
MAKE FRUIT WINE OR JUICE
USE WOOD HEAT
BUTCHER AND WRAP MEAT
EAT A FARM TO TABLE MEAL
FILET A FISH
DEEP FRY A TURKEY
Deep fried turkey is the quickest and tastiest way to cook a turkey. It’s also becoming an ever popular way to cook a turkey and impress your friends and family over the holidays. Get outside this Thanksgiving and deep fry your own turkey. Just follow our guidelines and you’ll be safe!
MAKE A GARDEN FRESH SALAD
Adding a vegetable garden to your front, backyard or even patio balcony is an exciting venture! Learn to how to start a successful veggie garden with our complete guide for beginner gardeners and start making your own garden fresh salad!
FORAGE FOR MUSHROOMS
Dehydrating apples is a quick and easy snack to make during the peak of apple season. Apple chips are a healthy, low sugar treat for kids and families. In this post I share with you how to make this super simple recipe!
MAKE HOMEMADE LAUNDRY DETERGENT
Homemade Laundry detergent is shockingly easy to make, requires only a few ingredients and costs next to nothing compared to the liquid laundry soap at the store. Make your own homemade laundry detergent using items around your house with this easy recipe!
Cut and stack firewood
Cut the grass with the ride on lawn mower
Properly discard deceased animals from the homestead
OFFER BOARDING SERVICES
If you own a few acres or more, running a horse boarding business is a profitable side hustle for your homestead. Today I’ll share with you my experience running a small self boarding horse ranch and some tips and considerations to help you decide if this is the right homestead side hustle for you!
RAISE CHICKENS FOR EGGS
More than ever, every homestead should have a set of backyard chickens in their yard. In this post I’ll show you just how to get started raising backyard chickens for the absolute beginner. In just a month, you’ll be collecting eggs daily!
If you’re looking to start raising goats on your small hobby harm and homestead or just dream of owning your own cute little goat then you’ve come to the right place. Goats are the perfect beginner animal for small hobby farms .
SELL FERTILIZED CHICKEN EGGS FOR PROFIT
If you have an incubator, spring is the perfect time of year to keep it going and sell day old chicks to other homesteaders. Learn how to get started making money with chicks in the post below.
HATCH CHICKEN EGGS
The art of chicken hatching is one that many homesteaders have mastered over the years. Theres an awful lot of science involved in the process that can make it overwhelming for beginners, but it doesn’t have the be that way! In this post I’ll share with you everything you need to know for a successful chicken hatch!
GAIN FARM STATUS FOR TAX BENEFITS
RAISE CHICKENS FOR PROFIT
Learn how to to make money on your homestead by raising meat chickens for profit with our tips and tricks for a productive and effective meat bird production on your hobby farm or homestead.
BUILD AND MEND FENCES
HAUL A TRUCK AND TRAILOR
MAKE BONE BROTH
Learn just how to make beef bone broth using beef bones, vinegar, water and the optional vegetables and herbs. You’ll never have to buy beef broth again at the store and reap the many nutritional benefits of bone broth currently taking the health industry by storm.
RAISE BARN CATS
ETHICALLY DEAL WITH RODENTS
DEAL WITH SEASONAL ALLERGIES
DEAL WITH INSECTS
Install and run electric fences safely
Install or recover shiplap in a farm house
FEED PUMPKINS TO CHICKENS
Pumpkins are a great treat for chickens. They are safe to eat and have many benefits for your animals. Find cheap and even free pumpkins to feed your animals this fall. Learn more about why chickens and your livestock love pumpkins just as much as we do in this post.
Move a herd of cows from pasture to pasture
CARE FOR BABY CHICKS
Learn how to care for chickens after they’ve hatched with our baby chicken care guide, in this post you’ll learn everything you need to prepare for and take care of your baby chicks after they’ve hatched!
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Restore a farmhouse
Eat chicken hearts
Raise guinea fowl
Restore old single pane windows to their glory
Master a roasted chicken
Build a front porch
Master a game roast that’s super tender
Pound fence posts
Build proper drainage
Rip hedges out using the truck hitch
CLEAR A PASTURE WITH GOATS
Goats are a great foraging animal and will eat whatever they can get in their mouths. One summer we didn’t plant our vegetable garden, next thing we knew we had grown weeds and bramble higher than myself. It was time to find goats to clear our land.
Get a cow into a trailer humanely
Flip a tractor back over
Climb a tree
Learn how to quickly deal with wheelbarrows full of zucchini
Collect runaway cows or sheep
Spread gravel level
Host a field trip
Build an outhouse
Plant thornless blackberries
Learn how to properly design raised beds
Start a herb garden
Propagate plants using root cutting
Learn how to graft a fruit tree
Identify wild edibles on your land
Plant a row of rasperries
Collect more heirloom seeds
Plant a row of blueberries
Build a proper greenhouse
Replow and plant a hay field
Learn to crochet
Learn how to weave
Turn dads old clothes into play clothes for kids
Go without the grocery store for a month
Render tallow from beef cattle for soap making
Render lard from pork for cooking
Tap our maple trees for syrup
Make my own vanilla extract
Make our own beer
Make our own sausages
Roast my own sunflower seeds
Learn to milk a cow
Learn to halter train a calf
Raise pekin ducks for meat
Raise bees for honey
Make fodder for livestock
Learn to how to kill and pluck a chicken
Make a culvert and bridge over waterways
Incubate duck eggs
Get my hunting license
Build a chicken coop
Build a rustic house number sign
Build a root cellar
Live within our means and get out of debt
Build an efficient composting system
Build a pond
Make your own fishing lures using fowl feathers
Learn how to shear a sheep and spin the wool
Properly maintain farm equipment
Make your own chicken feed
Build a barn, out building or homestead
Use alternate energy sources like wind or solar
What are some things you’ve learned homesteading? What’s on your bucket list? I know I have to be missing something! Please comment below 🙂