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Five Prepper Skills To Pick Up This Year

got skills 300x225 Five Prepper Skills To Pick Up This YearToday I want to challenge you to learn something new. And I don’t mean just book learning, I mean actually pick up a skill. I think you should make a point to pick up at least two new skills this year.

Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Gardening

The obvious one. But one we can always improve. If you don’t have a garden this year, start one.

If you have one, expand it, or try new things. Maybe you have never started seeds before, or maybe you want to try to grow something that maybe shouldn’t grow in your neck of the woods.

In any case, try something new here!

Beekeeping

I’m clearly a bit biased here, but I think beekeeping is a pretty cool hobby, and I think it’s one with a number of preparedness benefits overall.

First, you get good pollination. You can get this from other pollinators too, like Mason Bees, but there are other benefits as well.

Hive products, such as honey and wax, are a huge benefit in every day life, let alone in any sort of situation where you’d need to leverage your preps. Some hive products you may have never heard of, such as Propolis, have massive benefits as well.

Basic Construction

This may sound funny, but I think most people should have a basic grasp of general construction concepts. I don’t mean the ability to build a big building or a shed, but being able to knock together some basic (albeit rickety) structures can come in handy.

Food Preservation

Need I say more? Knowing how to can, smoke, dehydrate, ferment, or otherwise preserve food is something everyone should know how to do. If you don’t, put this on your list!

Basic Medical Skills

Maybe an advanced CPR or first aid class, maybe something a little bit more comprehensive. Up to you.

If you already have the basics covered, maybe find a tactical medical course, or something a little more aggressive.

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  2. Stevi says:

    Great list! And something I’ve been thinking about since New Years. I’ve been gardening (and learning by doing) for the last 3 years. My mom & I have been working on the food preserving (storing our harvests) for the last 2 years. This year I decided I want to learn how to make soap. Real soap not just the melt & pour glycerin soap but honest to goodness fat/oil & lye mixes. This makes me very nervous but I suppose no more so than when I filled my first raised garden bed & tossed in some seeds or picked, cooked, and then canned mulberry preserves. If anyone out there has any first timer soap making tips I’d LOVE to hear them!

    • Bethany says:

      Hey Stevi, you should head over to http://www.millersoap.com. Kathy Miller is considered one of the old-time gurus of soapmaking, and she had this site up back in ’99 when I wanted to learn how to make soap. There’s an absolute wealth of information on her site.

      PS – don’t believe the “all-vegetable oil” hype. Lard, actually, makes the best quality soap… it just doesn’t have much label appeal!

  3. azurevirus says:

    Really good post..just makes alot of sense to learn now while its still relatively easy to do so..Ive been thinking of growing a garden on raised garden beds..they will be relatively small as it will be an experiment ..dont even know what I want to grow yet..its just I have the feeling time to learn as much as possible as soon as possible is fast approaching

    • Rudy Kearney says:

      Leafy greens, carrots, and radishes are bulletproof ways to start. Just pick something and get crackin!