Vintage Skills 10 More We Still Need in the Modern World
Vintage skills aren’t dead…but they are sick and needing a revival. So what vintage skills do we still need in modern society? Well if you ask me, most of them; but I whittled down my list a bit to the top 10 more vintages skills I think we still need today. This is a follow-up list to my original Homesteading Skills We Need to Learn and Teach. I’d love to hear what vintage skills you would add to either list, so make sure to leave me a comment at the end.
Don’t be discouraged if you don’t have all these vintage skills. I am working on them myself! But work on them! Don’t let the self-sufficient skills of the past be lost forever – learn and teach them! These are listed in no particular order.
Vintage Skill #1 – Fermentation
Sure, I have said time and again that canning and preserving food is important. But I also think you need to know how to ferment foods. Fermentation is a preservative of sorts and it is a wonderful, gut healing, food that we need to be eating on a regular basis. Start with a simple sauerkraut (check out Survival at Home’s recipe)and move on from there. One of my favorite fermented foods is fermented salsa (I love the laco-fermented salsa from Cheese Slave)! You can really use up some of your harvest that doesn’t look as pretty for a delicious and nutritious food.
Vintage Skill #2 – Hunting and Fishing
I have talked about the importance of raising a meat source on several of my posts. But hunting and fishing should also be among your skill set for homesteaders and survivalists alike. Sure people still hunt and fish but the majority of the population does not. This skill could fill your freezer with healthy meat without ever buying a bag of feed! You’ll need some initial funds for gear and licenses, etc but I think the overall payout is worth it.
Vintage Skill #3 – Medical Care
When I say medical care, I am not talking about pouring some alcohol on a cut and putting a bandage on. I mean you know how to make a sling for a hurt arm, you know how to brace a broken bone until you can get to help (aka hospital), you know how to stop a gushing wound so someone doesn’t bleed out, what about stitches in a pinch? I recommend looking for classes but if you can’t find that available then there are two books you should consider: The Survival Medicine Handbook and Duct Tape 911 (strange name, but useful info).
I’ll admit, some of this skill isn’t vintage but people knew how to take care of themselves back in the day with the information they had. We have more information now and we should act accordingly.
Vintage Skill #4 – How to Plant & Prune Fruit Trees
If you have a vegetable garden, and you should; it is time to take the next step and plant some fruit trees. Not only will fruit trees offer you an additional food source, you’ll have fruit for canning and preserving. If you have the room to plant a lot of trees you could even have an income for your homestead. My friend’s property used to be an orange orchard and many of the trees still remain. Each year her family has an abundance of juicy and delicious citrus to choose from; then she opens it up to friends. For only $5 you can fill a 5 gallon bucket full over the best organic oranges you’ve ever eaten! If you don’t have a lot of land to work with, consider planting fruit trees that do well in containers like dates. Books to help you with fruit: Storey’s Guide to Growing Organic Orchard Fruits and Grow Your Own in Pots also see Rodale’s Growing Fruit in Pots article….