As far as manual skills are concerned, there are dozens you’ll need to learn, but if you’re the right kind of person for homesteading, then learning is fun. Great ways I’ve discovered:
- struggle with real world challenges
- ask for advice from people handier than you are
- buy excellent tools to meet real needs as they arise
- take full advantage of the many opportunities to learn online
When I set out to build my skills beginning in 1985, life would’ve been a whole lot easier with Internet access in the 10′ x 20′ cabin I called home for three years. The internet also offers many opportunities for earning money remotely.
Another issue is debt. Steer completely clear of it! Save up the money you need to buy your land outright, buy a used pickup truck and keep it going yourself as much as you possibly can. Your first job on the land should be to set up some small, basic but comfortable year-round accommodation.
Canada has many forgotten places that are perfect for self-reliant country living, and I’d love to see more energetic, idealistic people move out of the city and give rural life a try. Back when I was in your shoes, I chose the west end of Manitoulin Island for my big adventure, and there are still lots of lonely old small farms waiting to be adopted here by the right kind of people.