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Homesteading Skills

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Location: Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
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In another thread I opened the space for all of us to share about our homesteading goals for this year…

In this thread I want to create a spacer or all of us to share about the homesteading skills we’d like to learn and practice this year.

For me, one of the most exciting aspects of homesteading is learning new skills.
When I first moved to our place in Tenerife (Canary Islands) at the tender age of 47, I had an entire mental checklist of all the things I wanted learn and do.

And as the years passed, that list has grown along with me.

There is something so empowering about learning how to do something new with your hands.
Or mastering a skill that, at an earlier point in your life, would have seemed completely foreign or impossible.

It’s actually quite addictive, really…
Since we are at the start of a brand new year, I figure there’s no better time than to start making homestead plans.

I’m committing myself this year to learn and practice 3 new skills:

1. Preserving Food - I’m going to focus on (sun) drying, freezing, fermenting and canning.
2. Seed Saving and Landracing - starting with the easiest vegetables and slowly building it up…
3. Guard Dog Training - I would never have thought, not in a million years, that I would own a dog… but since 3 weeks a lovely, adorable German Shepard/Husky mixed dog adopted us, and since then I’m learning to train him (or maybe it’s the other way around… 🤔)

I’d love to hear from you, and get inspired… what are the homesteading skills you commit to learn/practice this year?

Live fully, stay awesome…

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What I SHOULD do: Plant identification and foraging.

What I want to do: soil building and remediation

What I will do (knowing myself well, I can say): read a lot of interesting books on these topics and do it all in my head, oh so easily...)

There has to be a way to nicely force myself to do those projects that I need to do. Via habit systems and all that. (...Now where did I put that Habits book again?...)
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