When we talk about sustainable living and urban homesteading here, a lot of the skills involved are ones that we have to learn from scratch. They aren't things our mothers or fathers taught us (although some ... like mine ... might have tried).
Over on Plant Green, I recently noticed an article titled: "5 Essential Green Living Skills Our Grandparents Knew." I got a kick out of it because it's so true.
All five of the skills are things I'm either just learning to do or aspire to learn: organic gardening, food preservation, seed saving, cooking from scratch, and sewing. And all five of them are definitely things my grandparents knew how to do. In fact, in my case, my mom does all of these things on a regular basis ... except maybe the seed saving.
I know that plenty of people in our generation learned how to do these things along the way. But, when I think of my friends, very few know how to do any of it. So why do you think the value of these skills were lost? Why didn't they get passed down more carefully?