Welcome to Rustic Skills!
Learning, Preserving, and Teaching Self-Sufficiency and Forgotten Skills.
I am Regina Cal, the creator of Rustic Skills. I live off grid on 30 acres in southeastern Arizona. My goal is to help you become more self-sufficient through homesteading, off grid living, and learning primitive survival skills. I also believe in being responsible about our natural resources and conserving our wild spaces through sustainable practices such as water conservation, permaculture practices, and using natural building materials for structures.
As our society becomes more reliant on critical resources such as water, food, electricity, and shelter, we become more vulnerable if these resources are ever challenged. I firmly believe that we should know how to take care of ourselves and loved ones if any of these societal structures are jeopardized. Municipal constructs can easily fail from natural disasters, power outages, and political upheavals. How prepared are you if your family loses access to water, fuel, or electricity?
Now, instead of dwelling on what can go wrong, I suggest putting your mind to what can go right. There are so many ways to prepare and become more self-sufficient that doesn't require owning a sprawling property or becoming a bushmaster. Start with little things, like creating a bug out bag, learning to grow herbs and produce indoors, or growing a garden instead of mowing a lawn are all be simple ways you can become more independent from the system.
I hope you find my website informative and entertaining.
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This article contains a collection of methods for fetching, moving, and utilizing water systems specifically designed for off grid applications. I also go over off grid water filtration, hauling in water to your homestead, water pumps, tanks, and waste water treatment methods.
Learn how to build a fully autonomous watering system for your homestead gardening with solar power, a DC pump, and water storage tanks. I cover all the components you will need, including a timer so your garden is watered everyday without worries.
Heating water while living off the grid can be an easy and cheap process, depending on how much work you want to do. In this article, I give you a bunch of ideas on how to heat your water, from propane and solar, to wood fired and electric.
In this comprehensive article, I go over every aspect possible for loading up the perfect bug out bag for you and your family members. I go over bag types, sizes, and how much each item weighs so you can craft the right go bag for your situation, whether you live in the middle of the city or in small town America.
I cover over 50 methods on how to survive in the wilderness, from primitive techniques to modern skills. If you are a hunter, hiker, or aspiring bushman, it is important to have survival skills if any challenging situations are to arise. You will find my wilderness survival article highly informative and helpful.