Skills You Can Start Developing Now for Your Dream Homestead


Lauren DorseyI don’t know about you, but I’ve dreamed of having a homestead for as long as I can remember. The Encyclopedia of Country Living has sat on my shelf and enjoyed the occasional flip through since I was about 14.

But it can feel impossible to acquire the skills necessary for homesteading other than buying a piece of land and plunging in. However, with a little creativity, there’s actually quite a lot that future homesteaders can learn before having a farm of their own.

Here are just a few of the many skills you can learn (or brush up on) that will make getting started on your own farm slightly less daunting.


You can purchase a small handsaw for about $20 at any hardware store and get to work. Safe and accurate sawing, especially with a larger tool like a bucksaw or chainsaw, might be prove incredibly useful when a tree falls in your backyard or you want to buck and split logs for firewood. But you don’t have to jump blindly into something that could be dangerous for beginners.

You can learn the feel of a saw and start understanding what kind of pressure manual wood saws prefer, right now. Just be sure to remember that even though the saw is small, it’s still very sharp.

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