Plenty of city dwellers and suburbanites are choosing to incorporate homesteading skills into their property. Not only do these skills help to make your family more sustainable, but they also bring back a sense of what life was like in the past.
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While you may have dreams of tending your own chickens, growing a vegetable garden big enough to feed your family, or raising livestock, there are many skills to learn before starting your homestead. Plenty of other homesteaders have paved the way for those new to the idea.
You’ll find a lot of different options, ideas, and rules that people use to create the homestead that fits their needs. While you won’t be able to use all of the ideas out there, it is a good idea to research what others have done.
In an effort to support your desire to homestead, we have put together 100 links to the top homesteading skills that have worked for us in our quest to homestead. From videos, to articles, to books, you’ll find what has helped us build a successful homestead.
General Homesteading Skills
Growing a Garden
Plants On The Homestead
Health and Medicine
Setting Up the Homestead
- “The Resilient Farm and Homestead: An Innovative Permaculture and Whole Systems Design Approach” by Ben Falk
- “The Backyard Homestead: Produce All the Food You Need On Just A Quarter Acre!” by Carleen Madigan
- What You Need To Know About Permaculture Zones by Wildhomsteading
- Back To Basics: A Complete Guide To Traditional Skills by Abigail Gehring
General Homesteading Skills
There are several skills that are needed to find success on the homestead. These general skills will help start your journey at home.
- DIY How To Build A Shed by Home RenoVision DIY
- How To Build a Pole Barn on a Hobby Farm by Hamiltonville Farm
- 3 Sharpening Tips Beginners Must Know by OutdoorS55
- How To Sharpen A Knife by Army Barracks
- How To Sharpen An Axe by Home Built Workshop
Growing a Garden
One of the first things that homesteaders do is create a garden. While vegetable gardens are the usual standard, you can also grow fruit as well. Orchards are another way to add fruit to the property.
Starting A Garden
- Gardening 101: How To Start A Garden by SSLFamilyDad
- A Complete Guide To Vertical Gardening by Roots and Refuge Farm
Starting Seeds Inside
- Starting Seeds Indoors For Your Spring Garden: 6 Mistakes To Avoid
- Seed Starting 101 by Roots and Refuge Farm
Building Raised Beds
Adding a Greenhouse
- How to Make a DIY Greenhouse by I Like To Make Stuff
- How To Build A Hinged Hoophouse For A Raised Bed Garden by The Gardening Channel with James Prigioni
Cool and Warm Season Vegetables
Planting an Orchard
- Starting a Home Orchard: Plan Ahead by Planet Natural Research Center
- How to Plant a Potted Tree by Knechtsnurseries
- Composting 101: Stupid-Easy Compost Making in Piles & Bins by Pure Living for Life
- How To Start a Compost Pile by DIY Network
Plants on the Homestead
- How To Tell If A Tree is Dead or Dying by Mother Nature Network
- How To Cut Down A Tree by Sweedish Homestead
- How To Start A Flower Garden by Garden Design
- How To Sow A Mixed Annual Flower Bed by LearnHowToGarden
- Making Money At The Farmers Market by Living Traditions Homestead
- Farmer’s Market Pricing and a Few Tips by Spring Hill Farms
- How To Crush It At The Farmers Market by Urban Farmer Curtis Stone
- 3 Ways to Use Spring Dandelions- Foraging by Off Grid with Doug & Stacy
- 16 Wild Edible Mushrooms You Can Forage During Autumn by Learn Your Land
- The Forager’s Harvest by Samuel Thayer
After you grow all of that food in the garden, you’ll need a way to store the food for the future. Preserving food is a time-honored tradition that is still used all over the country today.
- Canning Garden Vegetables by At Home with P. Allen Smith
- How To Dry Can Beans and Rice by Our Little Homestead
- Canning 101: The Complete Guide to Canning Food for Beginners by Morning Chores
- How to Get Started Dehydrating Fruit by Prepsteaders
- Your Complete Guide To Dehydrating Food by The Tiny Life
Preserving and Fermenting
- Blueberry Jam from Off Grid with Doug and Stacy
- Fermented Vegetables by Christopher and Kirsten Shockey
- The Easiest Bread You’ll Ever Make by The Prairie Homestead
- Homemade Bread by Sustainable Preparedness
Caring for animals on the homestead is another way to increase your land’s yield and provide food sources for the family. It is one of the most exciting parts of becoming a homesteader, although there is a learning curve to raising animals.
Most new homesteads start out with smaller livestock before graduating to the bigger animals. Learn more about these little but powerful additions to the homestead.
- “Better Bee Keeping: The Ultimate Guide to Keeping Stronger Colonies and Healthier, More Productive Bees” by Kim Flottum
- Get to Know the Basics of Bees and Beekeeping by Hobby Farms
- Harvesting Delicious Raw, Organic Honey by Fall Line Ridge
- How To Raise Chickens in Your Backyard by City Prepping
- Beginner’s Guide To Raising Backyard Chickens by Guildbrook Farm
- Why Using Chicken Tractors Makes My Chickens Lay More By The Happy Chicken Coop
- Why And How To Candle Eggs by Sweedish Homestead
- Butchering Chickens by Stoney Ridge Farmer
- Raising Rabbits: Getting Started by jnull0
- How to Raise Rabbits for Meat by Living Traditions Homestead
- 6 Reasons Why Rabbits Should Be Your First Animal on the Homestead by Better Together Life
- Raising Ducks: 9 Best Tips for Keeping Ducks Healthy and Happy by Timber Creek Farmer
- How To Raise Ducks In Your Backyard by Backyard Poultry
These larger livestock animals require more space, shelter, and gear. Raise them to milk, sell or butcher to fill your freezer.
- “The Marvelous Pigness of Pigs” by Joel Salatin
- “Plowing with Pigs: And other Creative Low-Budget Homesteading Solutions” by Oscar H. Will III and Karen K. Will
- 12 Tips on How To Raise Pigs For Meat by Melissa K Norris
- Sample Hog Cut Sheet by Sugar Mountain Farm
- 3 Ways To Make Money with Goats by Arms Family Homestead
- Our Daily Goat Routine by Guildbrook Farm and Simple Sustainable Living
- Homestead Goats: What You Need To Know To Get Started by Common Sense Home
- Raising Sheep: A Complete Guide On How To Raise Sheep on a Homestead by Morning Chores
- Should You Raise Sheep On Your Homestead? By Hello Homestead
- Barnyard in your Backyard by Gail Damerow
- Raising Cows: The Basics by Tim Farmer
- Raising Your Own Beef For Your Family by Charles Sanders
- Dairy Cow Vs. Beef Cow: What Is The Difference? By Big Bear Homestead
- Cuts of Beef by Clover Meadows Beef
- What Do You Need To Keep Horses On A Small Homestead? By Becky’s Homestead
- Keeping Horses On The Homestead by Our Simple Farm
Being resourceful is one of the key skills of any homesteader. Learning how to live off the land for your basic needs is the only way to get off the grid.
- How To Dig Shallow Wells by TigerCreekFarm
- Installing a Sand Point Well at the Off-Grid Cabin by LordCryptid
- How To Cut, Split, Stack, and Dry Firewood by Anne of All Trades
- How To Properly Season and Store Firewood by Tracy Besemer
- Wood Heat with Outdoor Central Boiler by HomeStead How
Critters can be the worst part of homesteading. Not only can they devour an entire garden or steal all of the eggs, but they can bring disease to the homestead as well.
- 3 Humane Ways To Keep Them Out by Modern Farmer
- Racoons: How To Identify and Get Rid Of Racoons by Farmers Almanac
- How To Get Rid Of Flies and Mosquitoes by GrowOrganic Peaceful Valley
- How To Get Rid Of and Kill Mosquitoes in the Yard by DoMyOwn
- 3 Reasons Why Your Homestead Needs a Barn Cat by Yankee Homestead
- The Most Important Animal on the Farm: The Barn Cat by Beginning Farmers
Health and Medicine
Many homesteaders prefer to use natural remedies for common ailments. Knowing how to care for small and large wounds also keeps you safe as many homesteads are far away from emergency care.
- Nature’s 9 Most Powerful Medicinal Plants and the Science Behind Them by Healthline
- Top 10 Medicinal Plants From the Garden by Chestnutherbs
First Aid & CPR
- 12 Life-Saving First Aid Skills That Everyone Should Learn by Homestead Survival
- A Basic Guide To Homesteading and CPR by Homesteading
Making your own supplies from items that you probably already have on hand is important when living on a homestead.
- The Basic Sewing Skills Everyone Should Know by Popular Mechanics
- Needle and Thread: Sewing 101 by Homestead Survival
- How To Make Soap by DIY Naturals
- How to Make Homemade Soap from Scratch in 6 Easy Steps by Good Housekeeping
- The Ultimate Guide To Homemade All-Natural Cleaning Recipes by Keeper of the Home
- 3 Natural Products Can Clean Your Entire House by Living Traditions Homestead
- Homesteader’s Secret Cleaner by Off Grid with Doug and Stacy
Learning all that you can about homesteading skills is important when starting your own homestead. No matter where you live, you can tailor these skills to your land and your goals when starting a homestead.
Learn from other successful homesteaders in our continued quest to become more self-sufficient and prepared at home.
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