The things I prefer to learn about are the basics skills such as…
How to make a one-match fire
How to identify a few edible native plants
How to grow potatoes, onions, cucumbers or other basic foods
How to construct a simple structure in the woods with few materials
How to cook a simple yet delicious meal
I’ve done all these things and more many times in my life. I look at these abilities as life skills. They give me confidence, independence and a feeling of self-sufficiency.
Although I know lots, I feel I need to learn more. I also feel I haven’t kept up with learning additional life skills…basic survival skills…not how to operate a computer or use the DVD player…they’re not life skills. I won’t die or suffer any great despair if I don’t know how to do those things. And they don’t save me money; they cost me money.
The things I want to learn or expand upon are skills such as…
How to create meals with limited supplies
How to make cleaning products
How to extend my growing season (in Nova Scotia, it’s short)
How to identify many edible plants native to my province
How to create energy and heat without electricity or fuel
How to grow things I’ve never before grown in my garden
How to reduce my dependence on retail outlets
There are many more things I’m interested in exploring, but that’s the quick list off the top of my head. Thinking about learning all these things at once is overwhelming. So I’m going to take it slow, learning a little each week. This blog is a way of sharing my experience, so if you’re like me—and want to take it slow—stay tuned.
My ultimate goal is to be as self-sufficient as I can in this modern day society.