Homesteading 101: You Don’t Need Acreage, You Need Skills. Here Are 160+ To Try

Your homesteading journey can begin long before you acquire your dream property.Here is a list of skills to help you achieve you goals.

  1. Grow vegetables (this can be done in a pot or a plot)
  2. Have a windowsill herb garden
  3. Learn to sprout grains
  4. Get stains out of carpets and clothing
  5. Plant a fruit or nut tree
  6. Learn to do repairs on your own vehicle (change your own oil)
  7. Make yogurt
  8. Churn your own butter (I use an old fashion egg beater)
  9. Make cheese using rennet
  10. Make cheese using vinegar or lemon juice
  11. Learn to ferment (make sauerkraut)
  12. Preserve food using dehydration techniques (make fruit leather)
  13. Freeze vegetables
  14. Make your own noodles
  15. Knead and bake a loaf of bread
  16. Make your own household cleaners (laundry soap:1 cup Borax, 1 cup washing soda and 1 bar of soap shredded)
  17. Unclog a drain using a snake
  18. Unplug a toilet with a plunger
  19. Catch and clean a fish
  20. Chop wood with an ax
  21. Build a fire
  22. Grow food in a raised bed or green house
  23. Catch rainwater using a barrel
  24. Sharpen a knife
  25. Build a shed
  26. Hang laundry on a line or clothes-rack
  27. Clean laundry without a washing machine
  28. Prepare and paint the walls in your home
  29. Sprout plants from seed
  30. Save seeds from your food
  31. Compost your kitchen scraps
  32. Make a vermicompost
  33. Tie a fishing fly
  34. Learn to hunt game
  35. Milk a cow or goat
  36. Make mayonnaise
  37. Make  a white sauce or broth from scratch
  38. Grow shitake mushrooms
  39. Forage for food (pick fruit off abandoned trees or find wild blackberries)
  40. Make dandelion wine (or any other flavoured wine)
  41. Learn to drive a stick shift (manual transmission)
  42. Successfully back up a trailer
  43. Reuse grey water
  44. Raise animals (rabbits, foul, goats, cattle, llamas, sheep, just to name a few)
  45. Have an apiary
  46. Try aquaponics
  47. Cook from scratch
  48. Practice bartering for goods or services
  49. Beat a rug instead of using a vacuum
  50. Learn how to tie various knots
  51. Train animals ( Sit Fido!)
  52. Smoke your own meat
  53. Learn to nalbind, crochet or knit
  54. Learn to sew
  55. know how to mend clothes and darn socks
  56. Make and maintain your own sourdough starter or ginger bug
  57. Humanely kill and prepare your own animals
  58. Learn to butcher
  59. Learn to pluck chickens
  60. Be prepared for natural disasters
  61. Cook using a cast iron skillet
  62. Cook without electricity
  63. Propagate a plant from root cuttings
  64. Cut down a tree
  65. Pull out a tree stump
  66. Assist with foaling, kidding, lambing and calving
  67. Purify water
  68. Build and mend a fence
  69. Make candles
  70. Learn to recycle, repurpose or upcycle instead of trashing items
  71. Reduce the amount of garbage you produce
  72. Learn and use alternative energy sources
  73. Use a sewing machine properly
  74. Learn to can using a water bath canner
  75. Learn to use a pressure canner/cooker
  76. Learn the art of haggling
  77. Trim hooves and nails properly on your animals
  78. Know when animals need a vet and when and how you can care for them yourself
  79. Pasteurize milk
  80. Learn to predict the weather
  81. Get out of debt and live within your means
  82. Properly use a chainsaw
  83. Make jam using pectin
  84. Tan a hide
  85. Incubate fertilized eggs
  86. Set up a chicken brooder
  87. Make a cold frame or hoop house to extend your growing season
  88. Treat ailments with natural remedies
  89. Know first aid
  90. Learn to ride a horse
  91. Shear a llama or sheep
  92. Wash a fleece, card it and spin it
  93. Weave on a loom
  94. Learn basic electrical (install a light fixture)
  95. Start a fire without a match
  96. Learn to properly handle, shoot clean and store a gun
  97. Cut, bale, stack and properly store your own hay
  98. Grind wheat
  99. make herbal extracts, salves, infusions, poultices and tinctures
  100. Naturally deal with the pests on your property
  101. Learn to use a live trap
  102. Make dog food from scratch
  103. Make and use non-electric lighting
  104. Use an outhouse
  105. Hand pump water or gather water from a river or lake to use
  106. Make vinegar
  107. Build a rocket stove
  108. Learn how to use garden tools (shovels, hoes, rakes)
  109. Maintain and fix a lawnmower
  110. Learn to recycle (take metal, batteries, automotive fluids, light bulbs to appropriate depots)
  111. Take garbage to the dump
  112. Winterize your home (keep pipes from freezing, keep warm without turning up the heat, prepare property for snow)
  113. Make a pie crust
  114. Learn to give animals injections
  115. Make gravy from scratch (meat based or mushroom)
  116. Cook over a fire or on a wood stove
  117. Store foods in a root cellar or cold space
  118. Tap a tree for syrup
  119. Learn how to humanely euthanize an animal
  120. Repair a leaky roof
  121. Put together a 72 hour emergency kit, bug out kit or roadside emergency kit
  122. Protect livestock from predators
  123. Make paper
  124. Make soap
  125. Make and set traps
  126. Create natural dyes
  127. Prune a tree
  128. mulch a garden
  129. Identify the difference between edible and poisonous mushrooms and berries
  130. Keep a supply of potable water for emergencies
  131. Save water (when it’s yellow let it mellow, when it’s brown flush it down)
  132.  Make bone broth
  133. Keep and properly store enough food for three months food in a larder or pantry
  134. Learn to breed livestock
  135. Learn to follow a recipe and know how to convert measurements
  136. Buy a healthy and affordable animal at an auction
  137. Know basic leather working skills and how to use leather working tools
  138. Dig and properly use a shallow well
  139. Manage and properly use an outhouse, composting toilet, septic tank or septic field
  140. Tell the time using the sun’s position
  141. Know when the first and last frost are
  142. Clear pastures and brush
  143. Use ingenuity to fix something when you don’t have the right tools or parts
  144. Jump start a car
  145. Refinish a piece of furniture
  146. Make your own fire starter from dryer lint
  147. Graft a fruit tree
  148. Learn to weld or solder
  149. render lard or tallow
  150. Learn to lay bricks, stones or pour concrete
  151. Braid or weave a rag rug
  152. Ice fish
  153.  Find uses for whey
  154. Prepare meals using leftovers
  155. Safely manage human waste
  156. Rethink disposable household items, find reusable alternatives (paper towels, sanitary napkins, toilet paper, diapers)
  157. Start a food co-op or tool swap
  158. Properly house and restrain animals
  159. Know when it is more economical to buy something ready made than to make it yourself
  160. Keep food without a refrigerator
  161. Make your favorite candies from scratch
  162. Create toiletries from natural ingredients (make toothpaste)
  163. Wash your hair without shampoo
  164. Keep mason bees
  165. Clean your own gutters

2 thoughts on “Homesteading 101: You Don’t Need Acreage, You Need Skills. Here Are 160+ To Try

  1. Thank you for visiting my brand new blog. It seems you may already doing some things I aspire to try, so I am going to follow you. This list is exactly what I need now. How do you prioritize? I’m going to try not to think too much and just dive in. Thanks again!


    • Hi! It is a pleasure to meet you virtually!
      I take everything in small steps. As my Great Grandma used to say “Don’t think about cleaning the whole room, just start with one corner”. I prioritize based on necessity. There are everyday chores that I have to get done. I try to put them into a daily/weekly schedule. Once those are out of the way I pick a new project of interest. I do not want to get overwhelmed so even though I am learning a new skill that doesn’t mean I have to use it all the time. I don’t want the activities to become laborious. I still buy some noodles even though I am making them more often than not yet I only use homemade laundry detergent. I gather grey water from my bathroom sink to flush the toilet, but I let the water from the kitchen sink go down the drain. Basically the more you willingly do an activity the easier it is to become a part of your routine with ease.
      I hope this helps a bit, feel free to ask me anything you like, I will try to help and we can bounce ideas off each other!

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