Learning basic homesteading skills is very important to Eric and me. If our goal is to live off the land, then we need to start teaching ourselves the skills that our ancestors had. Some skills we can learn by practicing or reading books and some skills we will learn by taking a class. Last year Eric and I learned how to preserve jam, applesauce, salsa, and tomato sauce. We are learning how to make food from scratch, such as bread, yogurt, and chicken stock. I learned how to knit and Eric learned how to hunt. We took classes at the Driftless Folk School and learned how to make cheese and butcher a deer. These new skills are just the beginning. This year we plan to learn how to spin wool and make soap. Thankfully Eric and I love learning new things!