Homesteading & Livestock

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

Co-op Farmstands for Backyard Gardeners

By Kristi Quillen

Yard to Market Co-op has created an adaptable model for selling homegrown produce—from bunches of herbs to dozens of eggs.


How I Started a Small Suburban Farm

By Michael Brown

This suburbanite transformed a patch of grass into food and established a lucrative backyard farm.


Power an Electric Fence with Solar

By Jeffrey R. Yago

Easy to install and shockingly versatile, a solar electric fence will give you the power to keep your animals in the pasture, even if you’re off the grid.


Transform Children’s Chores into Small Businesses

By Joel Salatin

Give kids responsibilities that will help them thrive while learning self-reliance.


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Profitable Permaculture Principles

By Joel Salatin

The application of permaculture design at Polyface Farms has helped increase the farm’s efficiency and functionality.


Country Lore: June/July 2017

Submitted by MOTHER EARTH NEWS Readers

Readers’ tips about transporting goats, teaching kids through nature, local lumber mills, and more.


Custom Furniture Company Builds with Salvaged Wood

By Kale Roberts

Bootstrap business Baldwin Custom Woodworking transforms diseased trees into handmade heirloom woodworks.


A Passion for Heritage Pigs

By Dorsey Holme Kindler

A burgeoning pig farmer perseveres through rough patches to provide pastured pork to farm-to-table restaurants.




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MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR

Aug. 5-6, 2017
Albany, Ore.

Discover a dazzling array of workshops and lectures designed to get you further down the path to independence and self-reliance.

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