Homesteading & Livestock

Practical skills for modern homesteading, sustainable agriculture, and self-sufficient urban or country living.
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Land-Buying and House-Building Advice: A Roundup of Reader Advice
We received some good additional tips on buying land and building a home. These pieces of advice are a roundup of comments taken from the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Facebook page.
Horse in snow Advice from a Farm Vet on Caring for Livestock Animals in Winter
Farm vet Dr. John Mettler, Jr., offers advice to readers about raising livestock and animals in winter weather. He discusses proper livestock shelters, necessary winter equipment and how to care for animals in the snow to maintain good livestock health through the colder months.
Candlemaking Candlemas: A Midwinter Homesteader's Holiday
Candlemas is an ancient midwinter holiday, when people would take inventory on their stock of candles, pantry food storage and hay in the barn to get the homestead through the second half of winter.
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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.

 

Backyard Chicken Facts - 5 Things No One Told Us

A few facts that might help you decide whether or not to get chickens for your backyard.

 

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.

 

Simple Living: How to Save Money and Smile More

Are you drawn to the idea of simple living, but not sure where to start? Three families share the changes they’ve made that have allowed them to live with less cash income but greater security and life satisfaction.

 

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!

 

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.

 

The Science of Stacking Firewood

From Shaker rounds to ricks, here's a primer on methods of stacking firewood for maximum seasoning.

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