Semi Self-Sufficient

 

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During world war 2 we saw in many western countries peak in self reliance a day to day living where by the family and by extension the local community thrived under self-sufficiency. Men where able to collect process and store fire food for heating and cooking. They where able to grow abundant food in often ti12342773_948722948543795_753854497003666005_nny back gardens, to keep small live stock chickens for example. Not only would the produce go on the families
own kitchen table but it could and would often be used in trade with neighbours or Friends. Trade for other foods or services.
The women of the house would be skilled in cooking and other home making activities such as sewing, decorating and child care. These skills where not learned from books but where taught to each man and woman by their elders a valuable unbroken oral history, a vital knowledge for making any strong family.

 

 

After the war ended and after the war rations ended we saw a explosion in cheap material goods which in recent decades have become so cheap and convenient that they do away for the need to produce such things by ones self.
While the western man & was busy enjoying this new found convince they didn’t notice they had become reliant not on there spouse or elders but on the system and the state.
A slave almost at the mercy of price changes and quality control.

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The danger

While we all enjoy the benefits and freedom that modern mass production brings us. We are ignoring and not understanding our venerability and national socialist duty.

First off should the sate collapse in the next year or 2 as many daily tabloids often suggest we would have a very rude awakening in the west. as our women folk no longer know how to cook knit bake or sew basic survival skills. They have also forgotten the art of story telling a once important gift handed to them by their elders. Story telling was the gift not just of entertaining but also the gift of knowledge. Now long lost and replaced by TV

The average western man no longer knows how to operate tools, he no longer knows how mend his home or tend his garden. he no longer recognises the names of fruit and vegetables. He is unable to provide for his family independently of the sate. Should the state fail so will he and in turn his wife and children will starve in their search for other avenues of protection and nourishment.

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Duty

A Member of ORDER15 has a duty is to be as independent of the sate and its apparatus as much as possible. It is not only out of survival that we must re learn lost skills but also a moral one. as the provider of these cheap trinkets we have become accustomed to rely. have been produced by a folk not of our own and sold to us at great profit by a industrial faceless hate corporations. a hate that only grows and feeds off the destruction of the west.
if we take some of our dependence away from these corporations we also take with it our funding of their anti west activities. And this saved money in turn will go back to our friends and family and communities through self reliance and battering.

This is a priority task for ORDER15 and one each member must demonstrate a active desire in.
You can start right now by assisting us in the development of this and many other projects.

Making a start

Sell Old Stuff

Any redundant or useless material possessions you have should be sold—you’ll need extra money when you begin to live free from the constraints of society. All those old items you don’t use do nothing but take up valuable space you could use for something else.
Reduce Expenses

If you want to live simply, then you have to spend simply. Do you really need to pay 100 dollars per month for cable if you only watch television an hour per day? Most people are not nearly as dependent on television for entertainment as their viewing habits would suggest—breaking free from your TV is a good way to test your ability to find other, more productive ways to spend your spare time. Fast food is another money vacuum; giving up the drive-thru and learning to cook your own meals is not only healthier and more budget friendly—it will help prepare you for self-sufficiency.

Relocate for Cheaper Land and demographic safety

It’s much easier to live the self-sufficient life outside of the city. Land in rural areas tends to be much more affordable, so you’ll be able to get more of it for your money. You might miss the big city amenities at first, but you will probably come to appreciate a simpler life off the grid eventually. When you save money on your land investment, you can put that money toward improving the land.

Grow Food
It’s surprisingly easy to grow food—after all, humans have been doing it since the literal beginning of civilization. If you have enough land, you could easily feed your family for an extremely low cost each month. Even if you plant a variety of crops, you won’t spend too much to do so. A vegetable garden doesn’t even require a large initial investment of money. You’ll be surprised at how far your money goes in a garden. Learning some animal husbandry alongside subsistence agriculture is extremely useful if you want to keep chickens or any other livestock.

The key to a successful homestead does not only lie on being able to grow your own food but on other skills as well. Here is our list of homesteading skills that will surely help you be successful in your urban homesteading journey.

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Keep in mind that learning these skills will take time, patience and perseverance, and not all of these skills are applicable to certain situations. Hopefully, though, you’ll be able to pick up some great ideas that will inspire you and get you started!

Canning all your garden produce.

Preserve fruits and vegetables from your homestead naturally so you can eat holistically all year long.

Canning | 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginners

 How to compost.

Don’t throw out all your recyclable odds and ends. Put them in a compost and make your garden thrive with compost tea.

Composting | 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginners

 How to bake bread.

Never rely again on grocery store breads with bleached flours or expensive healthy loaves. Bake your own at home!

How To Bake Bread | 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginners

Make homemade remedies for naturally treating ailments.

Take the time to heal yourself naturally with these home remedies!

Home Remedies | 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginners

Make homemade laundry detergent.

Make your own chemical-free detergent in either liquid or powder form.

Laundry Soap | 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginners

 How to make playdough.

The kiddos will love it. And if they eat it, it’s made from organic ingredients so it’s not a risk to their health.

Play Dough | 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginner Homesteaders

How to make cheese from scratch.

Use your milk product to make your choice of fresh, delicious cheese.

Cheese | 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginner Homesteaders

 Know how to make a compost bin.

Correctly storing your compost will save your backyard from smelling like a dumpster.

DIY Compost Bin | 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginner Homesteaders

Know how to save seeds for future harvests.

Create a never-ending supply of seeds for your garden by learning how to correctly save and store seeds.

Saving Seeds | | 133 Homesteading Skills Every Homesteader Needs To Know

 Know first aid and CPR.

Just in case there is an accident on the homestead, you should always be prepared (especially if you live out in the boonies like I do).

First Aid Training and Instructions | 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginner Homesteaders

 

 Know how to ride a horse.

An alternative to the tractor and dirt bike (and much less of a gas hog) is the horse. Be sure you are conscious of weight limits for your breed if you are planning on using your horse to help carry supplies.

Click here to learn English Riding

Click here to learn Western Riding

How to Ride A Horse | 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginner Homesteaders

 Train animals (like dogs and horses).

Believe me when I say this will save you loads of time in the future. If you have to stop gardening to discipline a dog that’s using his digging skills in your garden and then replant the dissembled plants, you will waste more time than it takes to properly train him.

Train Your Dog | 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginner Homesteaders

 Learn how to tie various knots.

If you have a very stubborn dog or horse that you have to keep tied up to stay out of trouble or if you just want to hang a line for your laundry you will need to know a variety of knots.

How To Tie Rope knots | 133 Homesteading Skills Every Homesteader Needs To Know

 Make simple booby traps.

Keep those pesky squirrels out of your cow’s feed or simply trap them for a little extra protein.

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Change a tire and change oil.

Life on the homestead means no guarantees that someone is nearby at any given time. Learn this self-reliant skill so you don’t lose a whole day of work due to a busted tire.

How To Change A Tire | 133 Homesteading Skills Every Homesteader Needs To Know

 Learn how to forage for wild herbal plants that can be used as medicine.

Preparation for emergencies is key, but in the event of injury in a natural disaster you may have to forage for plants with healing properties. Be very cautious when using herbs you did not plant yourself and do not use them unless you’re 100% sure that you have the correct plant.

Forage For Wild Plants | 133 Homesteading Skills Every Homesteader Needs To Know

Make your own fire starter.

Many people in Ireland still make their own natural fire starters today. This saves time when needing instant warmth on those blistering cold winter days.

Firestarters | 133 Homesteading Skills Every Homesteader Needs To Know

 Know how to start a fire without a match.

No one should ever rely completely on one method or another. Learn how to start a fire in a variety of ways in case you are ever without matches.

Start A Fire | 133 Homesteading Skills Every Homesteader Needs To Know

 Know how to properly handle, shoot, and clean a gun.

Predators and threats on the homestead are inevitable. Don’t let lack of gun knowledge be the reason that your family doesn’t get the protection they need.

Gun Safety | 133 Homesteading Skills Every Homesteader Should Know

Store a gun safely and properly.

Part of knowing how to use a gun is learning to store is safely away from children and possible attackers. You’ll sleep more soundly at night knowing it’s in a safe place.

gun storage tips | 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginners

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 Know how to hunt wild game.

Make sure you have the proper licenses to hunt game and provide more protein for your family and keep your livestock’s predators at bay.

Hunting Safety | | 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginner Homesteaders

 Know the relevant legislation and regulations regarding hunting wild game in your area.

It is only legal to hunt certain animals during specific seasons and the consequences for hunting game outside of it’s respective season can end in costly fines or the restriction/loss of your hunting license.

Hunting Safety | | 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginner Homesteaders

Make your own meat smokehouse. 

Whether you butcher your own livestock or hunt wild game you will need a way to preserve the meat properly.

Diy Smoker | 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginner Homesteaders

 Use a smokehouse to smoke and cure meat.

Learn which techniques work best for different types of meat.

Smoke & Cure Meat | 133 Homesteading Skills for Beginner Homesteaders

 Know how to milk a cow and goat.

You may think that one is exactly like the other, but I assure you it is not. Learn the basics of milking your livestock. Every cow and goat is different and so you will have to learn to adjust your techniques accordingly, but the basics remain the same.

How to Milk A Cow or Goat | 133 Homesteading Skills for Beginner Homesteaders

Learn how to fish.

Fish is packed full of rich vitamins our bodies love. Hopefully your nearest waterbed is also packed full of fish. Make sure you check any rules or legislation regarding catching different breeds of fish as they can be seasonal as well.

Learn How To Fish | 133 Homesteading Skills

 Know how to clean and cook fish.

It can be tricky to clean a fish because of all the tiny bones. Learn the proper way to clean and cook fish so that you can avoid any sharp bones while eating your catch.

Fish Recipe | 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginner Homesteaders

Make your own candles.

Electricity is another luxury on a homestead, especially during storms and power outages. Making your own candle’s will save you money and keep you from early evening’s spent in the dark.

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Learn how to sew clothing.

Save your husband’s favorite pair of jeans, upcycle an old dress into a beautiful blouse, or adjust your children’s hemlines so that they’re not tripping over pants that are too long.

How To Sew | 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginner Homesteaders

 Learn how to wash clothes without using a washing machine.

Power is not only never a guarantee, it is also costly to run this large machinery. Save money and electricity by cleaning your washables by hand.

How To Hand Was Clothes | 133 Homesteading Skills

 

Learn how to bake without any power.

Every homesteader should know a few ways to cook without any power. We’ve gone a step further and made a tutorial on how to bake without the help of electricity.

Bake Without Any Power | 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginners

 

Make and maintain your own sourdough starter.

My mother always used a portion of others starter’s and would be reluctant to leave it for more than a couple days, worrying that it would die and she would be forced to bum more from a friend. That’s why I learned to make my own (I also like being the generous friend who shares).

Sourdough Starter | 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginners

Learn how to make homemade cleaning supplies.

Cut the chemicals and opt for natural ingredients in your cleaning supplies. You’ll spend a little time to save a lot of money.

Homemade Cleaning Supplies | 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginners

 

Know how to knit, quilt,  or crochet.

This skill will provide a relaxing hobby that the whole family can benefit from.

How To Crochet | 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginners

 Make your own greenhouse.

Grow produce all year long in a homemade greenhouse.

133 Homesteading Skills for the Modern Day Homesteader

 Prepare wheat without a grinder.

If you don’t have a grinder or wheat mill, there is another technique I learned to prepare wheat.

Wheat Grinder | 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginners

 Set up your own chicken brooder. 

Skip the hassle of feeding your chickens by hand every day by setting up this easy chicken brooder.

133 Homesteading Skills for the Modern Day Homesteader

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 Make your own chicken feed.

Find a recipe that works for your chickens. You may even be able to use things you have on hand already!

Chickens Feeding | 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginners

 

 Build a geodesic dome.

You can use this structure for extra storage, a chicken coop or as a greenhouse. Either way, these domes are useful additions for homesteads.

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 Grow herbs.

Herbs can be used for their medicinal properties, to flavor an otherwise bland meal, or just to look pretty in your garden. Generally they are low maintenance plants with a wealth of uses.

How To Grow Your Own Herbs | 133 Homesteading Skills for Beginners

 Know how to dry herbs.

Preserve your herbs for teas, spices, or to hang in your home as an acting air freshener.

How To Dry Herbs | 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginners

 Learn how to make herbal extracts, salves.

Herbs have long been used as natural medicines. Learn this art and heal yourself and your loved ones naturally before you head to the pharmacy.

How to Make Herbal Tinctures | 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginners

 Know how to make organic mosquito repellent.

The ingredients in mosquito repellent can be harmful to skin and some have even been linked to cancer. Make your own natural mosquito repellent free from these harmful chemicals.

Mosquito Repellent | 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginners

 Know how to make a natural mosquito trap.

Learn how to trap these pesky insects with traps made from all natural ingredients.

Prepare your homestead for blizzards.

Make sure your family and your livestock are protected against freezing temperatures.

Surviva A Blizzard | 133 Homesteading Skills for Beginners

 Wax cheese for long term storage.

Make your homemade cheese last throughout the year(s) with this storage method!

How to Make Cheese | 133 Homesteading Skills for Beginners

 Know how to plant and grow tomatoes.

I find myself putting tomatoes in almost every recipe during the summer. Tomatoes are easy to plant and maintain once you get into the habit.

Learn how to prune tomatoes so you can harvest all summer long. | 133 Homesteading Skills for Beginners

 Know how to preserve and can tomatoes properly.

Nothing makes me more excited for the summer than popping open a can of salsa or canned tomatoes on a cold winter day.

Canning Supplies | 133 Homesteading Skills for Beginners

 Dehydrate foods to preserve them.

Each food requires a different amount of time and slight variations on the dehydration process. Using this method means that you can enjoy your favorite foods even when they’re not in season.

How To Dehydrate Food | 133 Homesteading Skills for Beginners

 Make your own all-natural skincare items.

Reduce the amount of harsh chemicals you expose your skin to and protect it from the harsh conditions of the environment organically with these recipes.

Natural Skin Care Products | 133 Homesteading Skills for Beginners

 Make homemade beauty products.

Even though I spend most of my days covered in mud and smelling like a barn, I like to take care of myself and look good the natural way.

Honey | 133 Homesteading Skills for Beginners

 Make your own dog food.

Give your pups an organic diet to keep them healthy longer.

Bonus points: Make your own doggy treats.

Give your dog the treats they deserve. After all, they’re part of the family too.

Dog Biscuits | 133 Homesteading Skills for Beginners

Learn to Prospect For Gold

Learn to make some extra cha-ching by mining the nearest river. (E-book available here)

Gold Mining | 133 Homesteading Skills for Beginners

 Learn vermiculture.

If you’re composting you should be using this method to help breakdown all the contents of your bin.

Worm Farming | 133 Homesteading Skills for Beginners

 Learn permaculture.

I promise you your entire homestead will thrive if you implement permaculture correctly.

Permaculture | 133 Homesteading Skills for Beginners

Cook using a cast iron skillet.

Cook like your grandmother with a cast iron skillet – but first learn how to properly season and clean it!

Cast Iron Skillet | 133 Homesteading Skills for Beginners

 Learn how to plant a tree.

Depending on the varieties you plan to plant, you may need to learn a few different processes. Also, you should learn to prune and harvest anything that grows on your trees.

Plant a Tree | 133 Homesteading Skills for Beginners

 

 

 Learn how to assist with foaling, kidding, lambing and calving.

Even in a healthy birth, you will still need to be near to take care of your animals after they are born. Be sure to do your homework for whichever animals will be giving birth and learning anything you can do to help the process go more smoothly. Mostly be there to keep the mother calm and hydrated.

Sheep | 133 Homesteading Skills

 Learn to tell whether an animal needs to be taken to the vet or if you can just do the doctoring yourself at home.

If you live way out there it can be quite a hassle (and a fee) to get a vet to come out for something that could have been easily fixed yourself. Learn about your animal’s anatomy, behavior and special needs so you’ll be better equipped to help them before you make a phone call.

Cute Baby Pig | 133 Homesteading Skills

Learn how to keep bees and harvest honey.

Even if you have an urban homestead, you can keep bees in your backyard! Learn how to keep your hive healthy and honey harvesting tips and techniques.

Honeycomb in Mason Jar | 133 Homesteading Skills

Learn how to build your own chicken coop.

Each flock is different and requires a different amount of space. Learn to scale and build your own chicken coop in 4 easy steps. (You’ll love these DIY plans).

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 Know how to purify water in different ways.

Use various methods to make sure that you always have access to clean water.

how to purify water | 133 Homesteading Skills

 Make your own still which can be used to purify water.

Purify your water or, if you’re of the right age, make some moonshine in your own distiller.

How to Make A DIY Still | 133 Homesteading Skills

 Learn basic carpentry skills.

Building things with your hands not only will save you money, but will also make you swell with pride when you see your handiwork.

Carpentery Skills | 133 Homesteading Skills

 Know how to build and fix a fence.

Keep your livestock in and predators out by learning to build and repair a fence.

Click here to learn how to install a chain link fence

How To Build a Fence | 133 Homesteading Skills

 Learn how sharpen a knife, ax and other cutting tools.

Keep your tools sharp and prolong their lives by sharpening them yourself.

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DIY Knife | 133 Homesteading Skills

 Understand the basics of animal breeding.

This will save you lots of money and could even earn you some if you decide to sell some of the animals you breed.

Breeding Animals | 133 Homesteading Skills

 Make meat stock from scratch.

Using every part of the animal has always been very important to me. Not only does it reduce waste, it also seems more respectful to the animal to me.

Meat From Stock | 133 Homesteading Skills

Recycle and repurpose everyday items. 

Avoid buying things over and over again when what you have can be used for what you need. This will challenge your creativity!

Recycle Old Items | 133 Homesteading Skills

 Make your own oil lamp.

This lamp made from organic materials is an easy project that provides a good light source for those nights without power.

Mason Jar Oil Lamp | 133 Homesteading Skills

 Make your own solar lamp.

Use a different energy with this homemade solar lamp.

DIY Solar Lamp | 133 Homesteading Skills

 Know how to use alternative energy sources like solar or wind to power your homestead.

This could save you lots of money in the long run and provides a natural source of power for cleaner energy.

Alternative Energy Sources | 133 Homesteading Skills

 Know how to use a sewing machine.

Just learning to thread the machine took me a while. But the more you know about your machine, the easier time you will have using it.

How To Use A Sewing Machine | 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginners

 Make your own vinegar.

This can either be used for cooking, cleaning or even for medicinal properties. Either way, it’s a handy thing to know!

How To Make Vinegar | 133 Homesteading Skills

 

 Know how to protect your livestock from predators.

Some things may be as simple as creating a predator-proof lock or home for your livestock, other times you may have to take more drastic measures with brute force. Know your predators and figure out your best line of defense.

Protect Chickens | 133 Homesteading Skills

 

 Understand and learn the process of home brewing.

Making your own beer is rewarding and delicious. Also, the process is easy once you get the hang of it.

Homebrewing | 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginner Homesteaders

  Stay Warm In Winter

You’ll love these winter hacks for staying warm. Homesteaders are excellent at utilizing all of their resources and thinking outside the box.

How to Stay Warm In Winter | 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginner Homesteaders

 

 

 Learn the importance of Gray Water.

Recycling the water you use around your homestead will do wonders for the environment.

133 Homesteading Skills for the Modern Day Homesteader

 Learn The Process of Sugaring | Tapping Maple Trees To Make Syrup

Tapping maple trees in late winter is a great pastime, and the results are divine! Check out our tutorial.

133 Homesteading Skills for the Modern Day Homesteader

 Learn how to pasteurize milk.

To keep milk longer and break it down into a form that our bodies can find more friendly than raw milk, learn to pasteurize it.

Milk | 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginners

 Learn how to read the weather.

Forecasting can be possible with subtle clues from Mother Nature. Predict when a storm is coming, how strong it is likely to be, and when it is likely to occur.

How to Gage The Weather | 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginners

 Learn how to identify the difference between edible and poisonous mushrooms.

This is the difference between life and death. Don’t ever eat it unless you are sure. Learn where the varieties of mushrooms grow and any subtle differences between varieties. When in doubt, don’t eat it!

133 Homesteading Skills for Beginners

 Learn how to forage for wild edibles in your area.

Again, if you are not growing the food yourself you must take every precaution before ingesting anything. Learn what edibles grow in  your neck of the woods and which markers indicate a safe plant versus a harmful plant.

Take our QUIZ:

Foraging for Wild Edible Plants

 Learn how to create a 72-hour kit for emergencies and Bug Out Bags.

In the event of an emergency that requires you to be ready to leave your home at a moments notice, you should have kits or bug out bags put together so you can live temporarily with the essentials.

Emergency Kit

Make your own jams, jellies, salsas, chutneys and sauces.

This will keep your produce in your cupboards and filling your belly all year long.

133 Homesteading Skills for Beginners

 

 Learn to heat your home with wood.

This will save you from those large heat bills during the winter if you use this in place of electric heat or it can act as an emergency  heating source when your power goes out.

How To Use A Wood Burner | 133 Homesteading Skills for Beginners

 Make your own yogurt and butter.

If your milk supply is too much for your family to keep up with, make your own yogurt and butter at home! It’s a tasty, natural alternative to store bought dairy.

How To Make Yogurt | 133 Homesteading Skills for Beginners

 Learn how to prevent plumbing pipes fromfreezing and how to thaw them out during winter.

Ever turned the faucet on in winter only to get creaks and groans instead of water? I’ve been in that boat before, and it is not fun, my friend. Learn how to prevent freezing pipes and how to thaw them just in case they freeze up anyway.

How To PRevent Your Home From Freezing| 133 Homesteading Skills for Beginners

Know how to properly tan a hide.

I mentioned earlier that I believe every part of the animal should be utilized, and that include it’s hide. Learn techniques for tanning the skins of all your wild game.

133 Homesteading Skills for the Modern Day Homesteader

 Know what flowers are safe to eat

Turns out some flowers are edible, and even great additions to desserts and salads!

Edible Flowers | 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginners

 Know the Benefits of Charcoal

Charcoal has many benefits, you can even use activated charcoal around the homestead.

Benefits of Charcoal | 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginners

 Know The Basics of Aquaponics

Understanding aquaponics will help you and your garden thrive!

aquaponics | 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginners

 How to Make Your Own Soap

This skill is a must if you plan on going off the grid and staying clean.

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 How to Build a Hydroponic Garden

Great for Indoor Gardening

hydroponic systems for gardening | 133 Homesteading Skills For Beginners

 Know The Alternative Uses For Honey

True homesteader’s have a soft spot for bees.

Honeycomb in Mason Jar