I did go and check out the Nest Badge info.
With regards to my previous post: Maybe I should have been more explicit:
A homestead inasmuch I live it, has animal systems. In the fall we not only harvest the crops, but also the meat. So, I look at it as a seasonal thing, rendering the animal not just for meat, but paying respect for ALL that this sentient being has given up.
In the fall we harvest, give or take 6 goats, wethers and nasty nans; of course there is the meat, then the hide, the organs, the bones, the fats, all of this is rendered in the fall/winter when the wood cook stove is operating. For me, to not use ALL of the animal is disrespectful of the life taken to benefit my own. So, I strive to use all of it. It is more of an Pioneering Spirit of wast nothing, and quite seasonal at that.
So, my thought was the process of going from "birth to grave and beyond" a valid homesteading skill. After all I'm out there, twice a day, every day, no matter the weather, helping the Nans birth, feed/watering/caring for moms/babies as well as the buck, knowing how and when to band the males, raising the young, managing the milk and byproducts. Then, after butchering, rendering all the rest into food, food stuffs, home tanned hides, medicinal salves, soaps, light for the dark nights of winter, and wasting nothing. Not Nesting as I see it, but not my decision in the end. Hoping you may consider that managing animal systems and their byproducts as a valid homesteading skills.