Homesteading & Livestock
Practical skills for modern homesteading, sustainable agriculture, and self-sufficient urban or country living.
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.
Learn How to Use a Chainsaw Mill (ft. Wranglerstar)
Take a hundred–year excursion into the past when all your wishes and whims could be found within the pages of a Sears, Roebuck, & Co. catalogue. Whether you lived in Manhattan, New York, or Manhattan, Kansas, a new camera, a grand piano, and even the latest medical supplies were only a mail order away with your Sears catalogue. Florida Water, Liquid Skin, hammer–less revolvers, bankers' shears, travelling bags, bridging telephones, and the Acme Triumph Six–Hole Steel Range (which was the "The Wonder of the Stove World" according to the ad copy) could all be had for reasonable prices.
In this compilation of the best collectibles from the 1905 through 1910 Sears catalogs, readers will find everything the early–twentieth–century American needed to outfit home, office, medicine chest, or craft workshop. A useful resource for artists, antiques dealers, and history buffs, this title is certain to make any reader feel nostalgic for simpler times. From the department introductions and the descriptions of Sears' warehouses and factories to the hundreds of merchandise–filled pages, readers will find treasures on every page of Sears, Roebuck, & Co.: Best Collectibles from the 1905–1910 Catalogues.
Of all the Made at Home titles, perhaps this one speaks loudest to the popularity of homegrown foods. The smoked bacon, salamis and heady cheeses we love are prime candidates for handcrafted taste. Curing and Smoking demonstrates how simple it is to use the magic of smoke to create wonderfully aromatic foods with distinctive flavors.
The book follows the curing and smoking processes from beginning to end, from creating a purpose-made pantry to storage. Topics include drying, curing, hot smoking, cold smoking, indoor smoking, drying and wrapping, and vacuum packing. Foods are not limited to meats and cheeses, but include fruits and vegetables, fish, ciders, and seafood. Even eggs can be smoked or cured. Original and delicious recipes offer up such delights as jams and jellies, hot-smoked oysters, and fresh tomato salsa. Curing and Smoking is ideal for adventurous cooks, modern pioneers and all food crafters.
About the Made at Home book series
A new series for living the good life!
Father-and-son team Dick and James Strawbridge have long lived the good life on their small acreage, and now they’re sharing their years of knowledge and experience with readers via their Made at Home series of books. This exciting collection draws on the invaluable wisdom they’ve gleaned while producing an abundance of good things to eat and drink: organic fruits and vegetables grown, juiced, fermented, and preserved; pigs smoked for ham, sausages, salamis, and bacon; a mixed flock of birds used for eggs and eating; and bees raised for honey. It's an enviable lifestyle driven by a desire to eat well every day.
And it doesn’t require a lot of space. Made at Home contains numerous adaptations to urban and suburban life. Plants are grown in small lots and pots, chickens are kept in backyard pens, and meat items are smoked in the backyard. It’s proof positive that anyone can live the good life.