Amy at Homestead Revival wrote a post on this recently, as a guest poster at Like a Bubbling Brook. Her beliefs on this mirrored mine so well, that I decided to post the link to her on here, rather than type up an entire post myself. Here is the link:
Should a Christian Practice Food Storage?
Also, Faithful Mama at Homesteading by Faith and Blessed Mom at Blessed Simplicity each wrote a post on their blogs--today--about taking inventory of what skills we currently have that will benefit us in these hard economic times, and what skills we would like to learn. I don't think I am nearly as advanced as these two wonderful ladies, but I am working on it! Here are the links to their posts, and then I will add my list below:
Taking an Inventory of Skills (Homesteading by Faith)
Skills (Blessed Simplicity)
(Can I just say that I love my little blogging "community"?)
Okay, sooo....my current skills are: making all my food from scratch, making homemade household cleaners, grinding grain to make bread, making homemade laundry soap (stopped doing this for now because it is NOT working with our super hard water), gardening, dehydrating, keeping chickens and ducks for eggs, using natural remedies for healing and preventing illnesses, caring for dairy goats, making yogurt, making butter, buying in bulk, making jam.
Skills I want to learn: I am a novice gardener so I want to keep getting better and better at gardening, including adding a medicinal herb garden, raising baby chicks for eggs and meat, raising rabbits, currently working on learning to breed dairy goats, making cheese, making soap, adding more berries and fruits to my garden, learning to can and make pickles this summer.
You can see that I am smack dab in the middle of learning some skills as we speak: gardening, dairy goats/breeding, canning, and making pickles. These are my current ventures and should keep me super busy this summer! I am excited to become less and less dependant on "the system". I hesitate to say "self-sufficient" because of the word "self", as really we are "God-sufficient", but I do believe that God wants us doing our best to take care of ourselves without having to rely so much on the system.
How about you? What skills are you currently learning, and what would you like to learn?