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Community Skill Sets

We need community, our own village, as even the most driven amongst us can’t learn to do everything.

These are some of the skills we might need, just off the top of my head.

Farming & Animal Husbandry

  • Breeding and rearing livestock for food, materials and transport
  • Knowing how to handle day to day health issues
  • Veterinary skills
  • Shearing
  • Butchering
  • Bee keeping

Hunting & fishing

  • Handling a boat
  • Fishing
  • Diving
  • Hunting
  • How to prep an animal in the bush to bring it out

Gardening & Agriculture

  • Large scale planting
  • Container gardening
  • Companion plants
  • How to do organic and biodynamic successfully
  • Permaculture / how to plan a food forest
  • Collecting seeds
  • Taking cuttings and root stock
  • Natural pest control
  • Composting

Cooking & Food Preservation

  • Nose to tail cooking
  • Cooking without electric power
  • Food preservation for storage
  • Planning for winter – food for people and livestock

Home Crafts

  • Natural cleaning methods
  • Soap making
  • Cosmetics
  • Sewing
  • Spinning
  • Weaving
  • Knitting
  • Upholstery
  • Candle making (wax vs animal tallow)
  • Brewing

Health & Medical

  • Doctor / nurse / or at least an experienced first aider
  • Herbal remedies
  • Essential oils – how to make and how to use
  • Energy healing
  • Working with emotional trauma


  • Building
  • Carpentry
  • Roofing
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Drainlaying
  • Welding
  • Automotive / mechanic
  • Bike mechanic
  • Blacksmith


  • Enough able bodied people for the sheer physical labour required

The Arts

  • Musicians
  • Story tellers
  • Artists
  • Comedians
  • Maybe we all have one or more of these inside us

Questions to consider

  • What else needs to be added to the list?
  • How many of these skills are covered in your community?
  • What can you go out and learn, to fill in some spaces?

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