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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POLE BUILDING - HORSE BARN WITH LOFT E-PLAN

  • Width: 26'-0" Depth: 48'-0"
  • Standard Foundation - Compacted clay floor
  • Alternative Foundations - Concrete
  • Building height - 22'
  • Ceiling height - 9'
  • Loft ceiling height - 11'
  • Roof pitch - 6/12
  • Two 8' x 8' sliding doors
  • One 5' x 7' sliding door at loft
  • Features four box stalls
  • Loft designed for 75 p.s.f. live load
  • Complete list of materials
  • Step-by-step instructions

Mother Earth News E-Plans 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 building today!


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DISCLAIMER

It is your responsibility to make sure that any project you undertake is safe, effective, and legal for your situation. All Ogden Publications' plans are offered AS IS for information and entertainment purposes only. No warranties are expressed or implied. By using this information or these plans you agree to hold Ogden Publications harmless from any damages or injuries of any kind that might result from errors, omissions or other causes.

This plan was provided by HDA, Inc.

$250.00

GROWING AND USING OREGANO E-HANDBOOK

As early as the 1400s, oregano had a variety of medicinal, cosmetic and household uses. Most varieties of oregano are good for cooking, several work well as ground covers, and the tender oreganos, including the dittany group, make great houseplants. Growing both the hardy and tender varieties is relatively easy if you can provide for their basic needs.

This e-handbook shows you how to grow oregano, use it in crafts and for medicinal purposes. Recipes for cooking with oregano include:

  • Oregano Butter
  • Italian Bean Salad
  • Greek Chicken
  • Lean Herb Sausage
  • The Ultimate Pizza
  • Oregano Bread
  • Easy Vegetarian Lasagna


Oregano can be used as an ornamental display as well as being a culinary delight that no kitchen should be without! 36 pages.

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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!

$9.95

CABIN WITH WRAP-AROUND PORCH E-PLAN

  • 720 Total Square Feet
  • 1st Floor 720
  • Width: 24'-0" Depth: 30'-0"
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Full Baths
  • Standard Foundation - Crawl Space
  • Alternative Foundations - Slab
  • Building height - 14'
  • Roof pitch - 4/12
  • Ceiling height - 8'
  • Large covered porch provides plenty of outdoor living space
  • Complete list of materials

Mother Earth News E-Plans 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 building today!


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INSTANT DELIVERY ITEM: Order this e-plan and it will be delivered directly to your computer - no more waiting for delivery or paying expensive shipping and handling fees. For best results print at 100% on 11x17 paper or have the plan printed at your nearest print store.


DISCLAIMER

It is your responsibility to make sure that any project you undertake is safe, effective, and legal for your situation. All Ogden Publications' plans are offered AS IS for information and entertainment purposes only. No warranties are expressed or implied. By using this information or these plans you agree to hold Ogden Publications harmless from any damages or injuries of any kind that might result from errors, omissions or other causes.

This plan was provided by HDA, Inc.

$310.00

NATURAL & HERBAL FAMILY REMEDIES E-HANDBOOK

Before the days of supermarkets and drug stores, families learned to use natural and herbal ingredients that were readily available and easy to apply for all sorts of purposes such as beauty aids, health remedies, and household products.

This e-handbook shows you how to make skin care products, tonics, sachets and more. Recipes for home care and maintenance, infants and animals include:

  • Syrup to Soothe Sore Throat
  • Chest Rubs for Chest Colds
  • Basic Soap Recipe
  • Sweet Nighttime Sachet
  • Fabric Softener
  • Diaper Rash Ointment
  • Herbal Flea Collar


Your friends and family will appreciate these tried-and-true remedies that come from the heart and carry on traditions begun so long ago. 34 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!

$9.95

BUILD YOUR OWN ELECTRIC VEHICLE, THIRD EDITION

Thoroughly revised and expanded, Build Your Own Electric Vehicle, Third Edition, is your go-to guide for converting an internal combustion engine vehicle to electric or building an EV from the ground up. You'll also find out about the wide variety of EVs available for purchase and how they're being built. This new edition details all the latest breakthroughs, including AC propulsion and regenerative braking systems, intelligent controllers, batteries, and charging technologies.

Filled with updated photos, this cutting-edge resource fully describes each component: motor, battery, controller, charger and chassis. The book also provides illustrated, step-by-step instructions on how to assemble all the parts, and exclusive web content features current supplier and dealer lists. Custom-built for environmentalists, engineers, students, hobbyists, and mechanics, this hands-on guide puts you in the fast lane toward a cost-effective, reliable green machine.

Build Your Own Electric Vehicle, Third Edition, covers:

  • Environmental impact and energy savings
  • The best EV for you: purchase trade-offs, conversion trade-offs and conversion costs
  • Chassis and design
  • Different types of electric motors and controllers
  • Lithium EV batteries
  • Chargers and electrical systems
  • EV builds and conversions
  • Licensing and insuring your EV
  • Driving and maintenance
  • List of manufacturers and dealers regularly updated on website

$30.00