Since I came from the city to my microstead on the Sunshine Coast, I had to make some big changes. I’m a fairly practical person but I’ve been surprised by just how much work it takes to keep a garden and house running smoothly. If I want to reach my goal of sustainable growing, I need to know what I need to know!
Enter Google and a quick survey of the top six results from searching “essential homesteading skills.” You might be surprised at some of the results.
Top Seven Essential Homesteading Skills Every Homesteader Needs
- Keeping and raising chickens
- Growing vegetables
- Growing medicinal herbs and teas
- Making Bread
- Making butter and cheese
All seven of these were listed as essential skills in either all six, or at least five of the six lists I surveyed.
In addition the following skills (which we sorted into five categories), appeared at lease more than twice and up to four times on the six lists.
- Cooking from Scratch
- Making yogurt
- Drying meats
- Drying herbs
- Dehydrating fruit and vegetables
- Rendering tallow or lard
- Making vinegar
- Making soap
- Making detergents and cleaners
- Making salves
- Building and basic woodworking
- Cooking without electricity/outdoors
- Bee keeping
- Fence fixing
Planning for the Future
- Harvesting rainwater
- Seed saving
- Planting perennial foods
- Firewood management
- Encouraging pollinators
Having felt slightly overwhelmed at times by the amount of work I have to do, and the projects on my list, the survey helped me to prioritize and focus. I will be producing content associated with each of the categories which you can find on my Instagram and YouTube in the coming weeks and months. I will also be sharing the recipes I make!
Are there things missing from my list? I’m going to add salt harvesting since I live near the ocean, and I welcome your comments and suggestions. Stay tuned, and thanks for journeying along! Remember: Grow – Eat – Repeat!