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Overcoming the Challenge of Gaining Knowledge

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Overcoming the challenge of gaining knowledge for your self-reliant life

Time to complete this lesson:
Video: 12 minutes
Workbook: 10 minutes
Total time: 22 minutes

When I was a teenager my favorite class was home economics class. I can still remember how excited I was to learn a simple set of valuable skills that I still use every day.

Our teacher taught us how to sew and repair clothing. I even made my own prom dress!

We spent a whole semester learning cooking terms and the difference between chop, dice, mince, and julienne (among other things.)

Then we made simple home cooked meals. The kind that every teenager should know to be able to feed themselves. How did you learn to make a soup stock, make the perfect batch of creamy mashed potatoes, or poach an egg?

This was pre-internet of course, when the only way to learn something new was to take a class at school, or ask your parent or grandparents to teach you. We now live in a time when schools and society don’t think these things are important any more.

Fortunately you have older friends, grandmas, and Rootsy to teach you self-reliant skills!

We know that there is only have so much time to search online, so in the 3rd part of this interactive course, we’ve got suggestions to help you increase your skills and gain the knowledge you really need.

PLUS once again, we’ll help you define the skills that are most important for YOU.

 

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Watch the Video:

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As you can see, it’s possible to gain knowledge and learn skills with the time you have available and they money you have for the project. You can be more self-reliant!  

Please leave a comment below.

That is how we all continue to learn! What was your biggest takeaway from the video? What are the skills you need to become more self-reliant?

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Rootsy Founders weigh in:

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I am pretty much self-taught. When I married 25 years ago I could make spaghetti and mac and cheese from a box with add ins. My husband could cook fish. I had sewn a couple of outfits with my mom’s guidance when I was in high school but that’s it for handiwork. No gardening, livestock or preparing skills. However, I was willing to try. I checked out many books from the library, watched many videos online and on TV, taken local and online classes, and made a lot of mistakes.

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I grew up on a farm in rural Iowa. My dad was a farmer and my mom was a housewife. They both taught me how to plant and harvest from the garden. Mom taught me how to can… starting when I was 8 years old. She also taught me how to darn socks and do embroidery work. Dad taught me how to care for livestock. I joined 4-H where I learned even more through guest speakers at our club to the judges at the fair.

I also went to college for horticulture and worked for several companies where I was in charge of growing bedding plants. And even worked for a botanical garden. During my various careers, I meet folks who owned and operated their own CSAs and gleaned a lot of knowledge from them. Volunteering has also helped me with ‘how to’s’ when it comes to fruit and vegetable production.

I am a fan of research materials published by colleges that have good horticulture and/or food crop programs. Cooperative extension is another good resource. I attend lectures, guest speakers, workshops, fairs, festivals, and classes to this day. There is always something new to learn.

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I have learned most of my homesteading skills by good old trial and error! I love using my local public library, and read as many gardening and homesteading books as I can, and also glean information from great homesteading websites, like Rootsy. I also connect with local mentors and make sure that I’m giving back to them in the form of volunteering, so they feel good about continuing to share their knowledge with me.

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I like to research, so I often get books from the library and watch videos online to learn the skill I’m needing. I often turn to multiple sources and then end up taking a little from each to make my own best methods (keeping safety in mind). I like talking to others and taking classes. The great thing about Rootsy is that we’re putting that together in one convenient place so no one has to wade through poor video quality or instructions that are impossible to figure out.

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M.

Monday 10th of April 2017

I like on-line classes. I can take them as time (!) allows and according to my schedule. I've taken free and paid classes. If the topic is something I'm truly interested in and if there is a downloadable video/audio option and the budget (!) allows, then I make that purchase to have as part of my "resource library".

Kathie Lapcevic

Monday 10th of April 2017

Oh, I do the same thing. Just recently went through a bunch printables I had downloaded and tried to organize them in binders for my own little home library.

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