Homesteading & Livestock
Practical skills for modern homesteading, sustainable agriculture, and self-sufficient urban or country living.

How to Raise Honeybees: A Beginner's Guide

If the draw of fresh honey has given you bees on the brain, you can learn how to raise honeybees that will provide you with excitement and sweetness for years to come.

Dairy Goat A to Z: Breeding, Kidding and Milking

A basic overview of breeding and milking goats.

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A Plan for Food Self-Sufficiency
Planning a garden in advance can help you enjoy local, homegrown food year-round! Estimate how much to grow or buy and learn how to achieve food security with these guidelines.

Perform Your Own Home Property Survey
Perform your own home property survey: finding property markers saves you time, expense and trouble, including how to read a property description, preparing for the search, and surveying fieldwork.

Best Guard Dog for Your Homestead
Read guard dog training tips and advice on guard dog breeds best suited for your needs.

Build This Predator-Proof, Portable Chicken Coop
Our newest low-cost portable chicken coop plan makes raising backyard chickens easier for just about anyone.

Deep Litter Chicken Manure Management
Learn about the advantages and disadvantages of the deep litter system and how you can manage a small flock’s manure easily and efficiently.

Home Cheesemaking: From Hobby to Business
Artisan cheesemakers who aspire to make their passion a profession will face many challenges on the way to establishing a successful business. Find out what to consider before taking the leap.

How to Buy Farmland, Even If You Think You Can't
Dream of starting a farm? Here’s a guide to what questions to ask and where to find reliable answers, plus resources to help you obtain a farm loan.

Live on Less!
Try these 75 inspiring ideas and enjoy life more while spending and consuming less.

Living Well Without a Job and With (Almost) No Money
Get the good things in life without having to go to a boring, meaningless, frustrating job to get the money to buy them.

Start a 1-Acre, Self-Sufficient Homestead
Expert advice on how to establish self-sufficient food production, including guidance on crop rotations, raising livestock and grazing management.

A Better Rainwater-Harvesting System
Think beyond the rain barrel: This simpler, cheaper approach to rainwater harvesting will help you harvest much more water for your garden!

How to Build a Debt-Free Home
Lynn Underwood and his wife set out to build a debt-free home building from from paycheck to paycheck, the finished home resulted in no more worries about mortgages or mortgage companies ever again.

A Beginner's Guide to Raising Rabbits
A beginner's guide to raising rabbits, including a rabbit barn, pens, feeders and waterers, breeding stock, care and feeding, breeding, butchering, and meat sales.

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ORGANIC BODY CARE RECIPES

Discover the joy and fun of crafting your own personalized body care products using herbs and other natural ingredients that nourish, pamper, cleanse, and protect the skin without using irritating or harmful chemicals. In just minutes, you can whip up dozens of organic treatments that will make your face radiant, your skin glow, your hair shine, and your hands and nails beautiful. From head to toe, you’ll find the perfect treatment for every part of your body, whether you’re looking for a relaxing bath blend, a stimulating facial mask, a natural bug repellent, a refreshing mouthwash, or a sensual body cream.

About the author
Stephanie Tourles is a licensed holistic aesthetician in both Massachusetts and Maine, with more than 20 years of experience. Trained in Western-style herbalism, she specializes in the use of herbs as they pertain to skin, hair, nail, and foot care and regularly creates herbal cosmetics and treatments for her clients and friends. She is also a certified aromatherapist, with extensive training in the nutritional sciences, and is the author of Organic Body Care Recipes, as well as several books on natural body care. Tourles resides in Orland, Maine, with her husband and pets, and spends her spare time hiking, organic gardening and cooking.

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GROWING AND USING ECHINACEA E-HANDBOOK

Echinacea is a wonderful herb for keeping colds and the flu at bay. Taken at the first sign of cold or flu symptoms, especially with nasal congestion present, echinacea’s infection-fighting, immune-boosting power is strong and effective medicine.

This e-handbook gives a history of the herb, its uses, how to grow it, recipes for remedies and doses. By keeping this herb on hand and following these instructions, you can ward off that nasty cold or energy-zapping flu. 36 pages.

INSTANT DELIVERY ITEM: When you order this e-book* we will provide you with a link for the e-book on the confirmation page. Simply click on the link and save the file to your computer — no more waiting for delivery or paying expensive shipping and handling fees.

Mother Earth News Wiser Living E-Handbooks are packed with practical information, innovative ideas and creative projects right at your fingertips. By supporting digital products like this one you are helping save millions of trees a year. Order your downloadable PDF and start reading today!

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SHELTERS, SHACKS AND SHANTIES AND HOW TO BUILD THEM, 2ND EDITION

Shelters, Shacks and Shanties, Second Edition presents lively, step-by-step tutelage on building all types of temporary and long-term accommodations from both natural and man-made materials. Originally published in 1914, this practical classic is as essential a guide for today's modern homesteader as it was at the turn of the 20th century.

Included are instructions for dozens of worry-free shelters for you to choose from, including a sod house for the lawn, a treetop house, over-water camps, a bog ken and much more. Satisfying the builder's need for the creature comforts of home, it also provides tips on how to build hearths and chimneys, notched log ladders, and even how to rig a front door with a secret look. Illustrated throughout with a bounty of helpful line drawings, Shelters, Shacks and Shanties, Second Edition harkens back to the can-do spirit of the American frontier that still thrives today.

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BIRD FOOD RECIPES E-HANDBOOK

Feeding wild birds is a wonderful way to enjoy and study nature. The types of birds that come to your feeder will depend on your geographic location, the time of year, and the types of feeders and food you provide.

This e-handbook provides a basic understanding of a wild bird’s needs and will make any birdfeeding venture more successful. Chapters include:

  • Natural Menus
  • Bird Feeders
  • Dietary Demands
  • Personal Preferences
  • Seasonal Feeding
  • Recipes and Food Preparation
  • Orphan Birds


Different birds have different feeding habits, and a variety of food and feeders will attract the most diverse variety of takers. 37 pages.

INSTANT DELIVERY ITEM: When you order this e-book* we will provide you with a link for the e-book on the confirmation page. Simply click on the link and save the file to your computer — no more waiting for delivery or paying expensive shipping and handling fees.

Mother Earth News Wiser Living E-Handbooks are packed with practical information, innovative ideas and creative projects right at your fingertips. By supporting digital products like this one you are helping save millions of trees a year. Order your downloadable PDF and start reading today!

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A KID'S GUIDE TO KEEPING CHICKENS

Chickens make wonderful pets, and Melissa Caughey (author of the award-winning blog Tilly’s Nest) provides all the information kids need to raise healthy chickens and have tons of fun doing it! Caughey shares her advice in an engaging way so that kids understand what it means to keep chickens and what kind of housing, food, equipment, and care the chickens will need to thrive. She also suggests lots of creative activities sure to spark enthusiasm and imagination, such as speaking chicken, creating a veggie piñata for the flock, and making a chicken fort in the backyard. She even offers 10 egg-centric recipes that kids will love to make and eat, including French toast, egg drop soup, and Mexican egg pizza. A colorful pull-out poster completes the book!

$16.95