Homestead Skills

Hey guys, what’s up? It’s been awhile, oops 😛

I wrote a little post quite some time ago about my homesteading dreams, you can read it HERE, I wonder if any of you share that dream with me? I love the idea of becoming independant and being able to provide for my family with my own work, whether it be this blog or my own garden or a BnB that I’m running. The idea of living traditionally has me day dreaming!! But like I said in that post I have to wait. and I’m still waiting.

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My waiting is not a loss though, there are a few skills that I can be learning right now that will help me later when I’m living my dream. And you can learn them too! So here’s a handful of basic skills you can learn now 🙂

  • Sewing: and mending clothes is a huge part of being sustainable. In some cases it’s cheaper to sew together a blanket or an outfit. And if you’ve got a small hole that can be repaired! I’ve started to sew a few of my own clothes but I greatly need to improve my sewing capabilities before I can master sewing.
  • Gardening: being able to grow your own food is such a wonder. Vegetable seeds are so cheap and depending on your piece of dirt the seeds might last a couple years. Having a garden is so valuable for providing food, this past summer I managed a very simple one! You can read about it here!  IMG_3069
  • Cooking at home: is 1. cheaper 2. you don’t need to rely on someone else to feed you 3. not as much wasteful packaging 4. healthier. So all around a worthy skill to have and develop. One of my favorite dinners is just chicken fried in spices and sauteed veggies, easy, simple and takes just about as long as the pizza delivery guy.corn and potato soup1
  • Practice food preservation: living in Canada you can’t always get good peaches anytime of year and you’d have to buy some gross syrupy canned peaches. or fresh beans from your own garden (which saves money).  This is an area I’m not as skilled because I don’t have all the proper canning bits and baubles but would love to learn. DSC_0049
  • Budgeting: for a while I had gotten really good at this one but then when Cornelia came I didn’t have much energy to be so diligent but it’s so important. If you have no idea where your money is going it becomes difficult to have savings or to spend money on matters and not wasteful junk that fills your home. Luckily the New Year is coming and that means a fresh start.

So yeah these are just some basic skills you can work on if you’re stuck renting a small space like myself! If you want to read the first post you can find it here.

Is there a certain skill you’re working on right now or one that you’ve mastered? Let me know by leaving a comment!

-Dawn

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