I was going to say that homesteading requires time sacrifices, but I don’t want to make homesteading sound like a hardship.
Once you get a decent skill base developed, homesteading becomes easier and you can start putting your energies into developing skills in the areas that you want to explore. But as a general rule, homesteading is a lot of work. It can help stretch resources a lot further and help stabilize income (plus it can be enjoyable just as hobby work), but most homesteaders put a lot of skills into play.
Types of skills in general use, depending on location of homestead and main drive of the homestead:
- Cooking-frequently but not always as much scratch as possible, processing grains and beans, butchery skills, knife skills, use of spices, reading a recipe, making stocks and broths, roasting, canning,fermenting, dehydrating, freezing
- Animal husbandry
- Gardening and/or farming-size and location/zone dependent
- DIY-soap, fiber arts like felt and knitting, bathing products, cleaning products
- Hunting-Yes, I know it’s controversial but also relevant
- Home maintance
- Transportation maintance
- Health and Beauty-herbalism but also basic mainstream first aid
- Emergency preparedness-fire plans, blizzard plans, and concepts such as prepping
…But what do you -have- to know? I’m not sure there’s a good answer to that. Any step you take will help make you more self reliant, but I’m not sure there’s a level that you reach and then you’re suddenly a homesteader. Two mint plants and a bottle of vinegar cleaner and you’re a homesteader.