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Pioneering Skills for Everyone: Modern Homesteading

Learn everything you need to know about living off the land from an instructor who has first-hand experience with modern homesteading.
Pioneering Skills for Everyone: Modern Homesteading is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 32.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very interesting I'll probably never use the skills shown, but the subject matter is very interesting, and as far as I can tell, is accurate.
Date published: 2022-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Practicality with a sense of humor too I greatly enjoyed this course and plan to be putting much of the info provided in it to good use by this time next year as I am buying a homestead property in Tennessee. Before reading this course, I would never have even thought about having goats but now I'm sure I will have goats. There are so many ideas of how to do things with less money, that the course will pay for itself.
Date published: 2022-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great I’m impressed with all the information that is out there on the videos and it’s a great learning experience.
Date published: 2022-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Came for the homesteading, stayed for the puns! This is an excellent show. The presenter has a wide variety of experience as a homesteader and is an excellent communicator. Even though I have some experience in this type of work, there were several new things that I learned in every lecture. It's clear that he appreciates learning and improving efficiency. I'm definitely jealous of his neighbors!
Date published: 2022-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Very Good Buy The video has soo much valuable information, no matter what your living situation is. One must be patient and absorb all the course has to offer.
Date published: 2022-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Informative course An excellent course, though we do NOT watch sections where animals are killed, which are noted before the segments. We appreciate that.
Date published: 2022-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Gardening Advice Professor Greg Pryor's personal living experiences really makes the course easy to understand. Growing your own food is possible when you follow all the tips outlined in each lesson such as understanding what "Determinate and Indeterminate tomatoes are all about, learning about the essentials of good soil, etc, etc,...lots of useful advice on Modern Homesteading even if you live in an urban area. As Professor Pryor suggests, "The advantage of growing our own food is that we stay physically active and will eat less processed food" I highly recommend this course to anyone interested in gardening as well as learning how to preserve your own food. With today's high cost of food, the book and video is a MUST. Thank you! Dr. Pryor and "The Great Courses" for including this course in your catalog.
Date published: 2022-05-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Wish it would be been more comprehensive The small size of the book was good, but what would have made it better was color photos. I found that a lot of the text was repeated within a chapter. I also expected more in-depth instructions, as opposed to "plans can be found on the internet", or "Google it".
Date published: 2022-02-16
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Overview

No matter what your personal living-off-the-land dream looks like right now, and whether you have 100 acres all to yourself or you live in a city apartment, Pioneering Skills for Everyone: Modern Homesteading will bring you closer to that dream than you ever thought possible. In 24 exciting lessons with in-field demonstrations, you will learn how to grow a wide variety of produce in raised bed gardens or in back porch containers, the basics of soapmaking, how to pickle or ferment vegetables, the fundamental hand tools you will need for any project, and so much more.

About

Greg Pryor

Modern homesteading is a lifestyle that’s all about learning to become more self-sufficient and living in tune with nature.

INSTITUTION

Francis Marion University

Greg Pryor is a Professor of Biology at Francis Marion University. He earned baccalaureate degrees in Biology and Art at the State University of New York at Oswego and master’s and doctorate degrees in Zoology at the University of Florida. He later taught at the University of Florida and received the Teacher of the Year Award in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. 

Greg specializes in zoology and microbiology. His publications include peer-reviewed research articles, textbook contributions, and newspaper and magazine articles, and he is a coauthor of the second edition of Microbiology: A Clinical Approach. He also writes a monthly newspaper column and maintains a popular YouTube channel that has more than 5 million views.

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Pioneering Skills for Everyone: Modern Homesteading
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Pioneering Skills for Everyone: Modern Homesteading

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What Is Modern Homesteading?

01: What Is Modern Homesteading?

Explore the many ways modern homesteading can bring some of the spirit and benefits of traditional homesteading into your life. Once you identify your own goals and skills—both the skills you bring and the ones you want to learn—you’re ready to get started. Even with a tiny garden, you can begin your own version of modern homesteading.

27 min
Keeping Bees and Harvesting Honey

02: Keeping Bees and Harvesting Honey

There are many benefits of apiculture, but you’ll have a bit to learn if you want to stay safe. Discover your options for building or buying the hive itself, how to recognize bees in various stages of development, and see the best way to harvest the honey. With just a few hives, you’ll have plenty of honey for yourself, family, and friends, and your garden will be pollinated.

25 min
Raising Goats on Your Homestead

03: Raising Goats on Your Homestead

Goats are relatively easy and inexpensive to maintain as livestock. But you’ll need to build your goat shelter before the animals arrive! With step-by-step directions, you’ll learn how to shelter, feed, and breed your goats to develop a healthy herd that’s the appropriate size for your homestead.

23 min
Milking Goats and Making Cheese

04: Milking Goats and Making Cheese

Examine the nutritional relationship between nannies and their kids, and learn the “when, why, and how” of milking goats. Discover how to make paneer, chevre, ricotta, and mozzarella cheese, fresh from the milk of your own livestock.

24 min
Processing and Butchering Goats for Meat

05: Processing and Butchering Goats for Meat

If you do keep goats and want to use some for meat, you’ll need to know the most humane and the safest ways to kill and butcher the animals. Following this detailed visual guide, you could produce about many pounds of meat from each goat, including loins, roasts, stew meat, and burgers.

22 min
Raising Chickens on Your Homestead

06: Raising Chickens on Your Homestead

In this lesson, you’ll learn how to choose the variety of chickens that best meet your specific needs. With detailed guidance, you’ll discover how to build the appropriate housing for chicks and older chickens, as well as nest boxes and perches. And should you decide to eat your chickens, this lesson will also teach you how to kill and butcher them.

25 min
Fencing for Livestock and Gardens

07: Fencing for Livestock and Gardens

Inadequate fencing can cause the loss of plants and animals and make it impossible to regulate the growth of your livestock herd. With step-by-step guidance, you’ll discover how to build the most effective fencing to keep female goats, male goats, and chickens in (and separate from each other), and deer and rabbits out.

33 min
Grapevines and Small Vineyards

08: Grapevines and Small Vineyards

Learn how to start from the ground up to grow grapevines that produce a maximum yield of large sugary fruit. With these easy-to-learn planting, trellising, pruning, and harvesting techniques, each of your homestead grapevines could produce 100 pounds of fruit per year, possibly for decades.

21 min
How to Make Homemade Wine

09: How to Make Homemade Wine

If you do plant a vineyard on your homestead, you can easily make your own basic wine following these step-by-step instructions. You can also take your process to the next level to create a consistent, high-quality wine by using a hydrometer and understanding specific gravity. With those tools, you can develop just the taste you’re looking for.

23 min
Fundamentals of Gardening and Soil

10: Fundamentals of Gardening and Soil

Compare the pros and cons of various types of gardening—tillage, mulch, container, and raised bed—to determine which is best for your homestead. You’ll also learn about the five main components of soil, how to determine which macro- and micronutrients your plants need, and how to supply those with the appropriate fertilizer.

30 min
Vegetable Gardening Made Easy

11: Vegetable Gardening Made Easy

Homegrown tomatoes are as delicious as they come. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to plant, physically support, and protect your tomato plants throughout their life cycle. And while cultivating other vegetables can be a bit more involved, with this step-by-step guide, you should be able to enjoy eating many different vegetables straight from the homestead garden.

35 min
Greenhouse and Hoop House Gardening

12: Greenhouse and Hoop House Gardening

While greenhouses can be time-consuming and expensive, they have maintained their allure throughout the ages. Learn how to build a greenhouse and why a hoop house might be a much better option for you. And discover the biochemical processes that make compost a reasonable winter heat source for your plants.

25 min
Seeds, Seedlings, and Transplants

13: Seeds, Seedlings, and Transplants

Discover which plants work best as transplants from seedlings and which are best grown by sowing seeds directly into your garden at just the right time. For transplanting vegetables, learn to propagate from cuttings and crown division, and the best way to plant the seedlings for successful growth.

22 min
Generators, Solar Power, and Water Wells

14: Generators, Solar Power, and Water Wells

While you might have considered taking your homestead completely off the grid, that’s just not practical in most instances. Instead, with a much smaller investment, you can learn how to prepare for occasional power outages. Consider a wide variety of alternatives, including solar power and hand pumps for your well.

28 min
Preserving Food by Canning

15: Preserving Food by Canning

The process of canning uses heat to kill the microbes that cause food to spoil—and it is safe and easy when you follow the guidelines presented in this lesson. Learn how to can some common fruits and vegetables with both a pressure canner and a boiling-water canner.

26 min
Preserving Food by Dehydrating and Freezing

16: Preserving Food by Dehydrating and Freezing

In addition to canning, your harvest can be preserved via dehydration or freezing. Discover how to use an electric food dehydrator and a DIY solar dehydrator for preserving fruits and vegetables, and the step-by-step process for creating beef, goat, or deer jerky, and biltong.

28 min
Preserving Food by Pickling and Fermenting

17: Preserving Food by Pickling and Fermenting

Acids preserve foods by killing the pathogenic bacteria that can cause illness. Pickling uses vinegar to provide that acidic environment, and in fermentation, specific bacteria produce acids as a metabolic waste product. In this lesson, you’ll learn to use both pickling and fermentation to preserve food, as well as how to make kimchi and kombucha.

31 min
How to Make Homemade Soap

18: How to Make Homemade Soap

Soap has always been made from two basic components—fat and lye—although neither end up in the finished product. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to make a simple homestead soap with lard, lye, and water, and also a softer soap that lathers well and smells good by experimenting with the addition of eggs yolks, olive oil, dried herbs, and more.

22 min
How to Make Homemade Candles

19: How to Make Homemade Candles

Master how to make candles by processing wax collected from bayberry plants and bees on the homestead. Learn how to make rush candles—the simplest type of candle—as well as using molds for tea lights, votives, tapers, and larger designer candles using specialty molds and additives.

24 min
Processing and Butchering Animals for Food

20: Processing and Butchering Animals for Food

If you want to raise all your food on the homestead, and if you’re not a vegetarian, that means not only learning how to safely nourish, shelter, and breed your animals, but also how to kill and butcher them. With step-by-step instructions and in-the-field video, this lesson will teach you how to process small and large game mammals, birds, and fish.

23 min
Laborsaving Power Tools on the Homestead

21: Laborsaving Power Tools on the Homestead

To manage a modern homestead, you’ll need a few basic power tools. Discover the benefits of rototillers, chainsaws, walk-behind brush mowers, motorized pruning saws, and stump grinders. Although these implements are more expensive than hand tools, they will save an enormous amount of time—and your own health, too.

26 min
Some Favorite Hand Tools on the Homestead

22: Some Favorite Hand Tools on the Homestead

While you will need a few power tools to run the homestead, you’ll need some high-quality hand tools. Explore the various types of tools that run only on elbow grease and learn how to purchase and care for them. From the mortar hoe to the axe, mattock, and auger-type post hole digger, you’ll learn the pros and cons of many options you hadn’t known existed.

18 min
Basics of Homestead Construction

23: Basics of Homestead Construction

You don’t have to build your own home from the ground up, but you will need basic construction knowledge to manage your modern homestead. Learn the construction techniques and tools—from your basic hammer to a cordless drill to the many options for saws—you’ll need to build your garden shed, chicken coop, and many other small projects.

25 min
Homestead Cooking from Everyday to Gourmet

24: Homestead Cooking from Everyday to Gourmet

Once you have your bounty of fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, and eggs, you’ll want to cook delicious and nutritious meals. Discover how to cook some homestead entrees from scratch—pasta and tomato sauce, baked panko-encrusted squash, chicken and dumplings, goat curry, and even wild pig puerco pibil.

30 min