Guide to Self-Sufficient Living: Advice From Nine Modern Homesteaders

Homesteading experts share their wisdom about seeking self-reliance in rural, suburban and even urban settings. No matter where you live or where you are in your own journey for more sustainable living, these experts’ real-world advice on simple living will give you the inspiration to jump-start your own quest for change.



Red Shed And Farm Animals
You don't have to grow up on a farm to become a chicken-raising, denim-donning, goat-hugging homesteader.
LYNN STONE
Feeding Cows
Often, the joy of simple living is found in everyday tasks, such as feeding calves and completing farm chores.
PHOTO: TERRY WILD STOCK
Kelly Coyne And Erik Knutzen
Even in urban settings, your dreams of raising chickens can come true.
CAROLINE CLERC
Harvey Ussery And Wife Ellen
The joys of a self-sufficient life include raising your own food.
NORM SHAFER
Harvey Ussery Sharpening Scythe
Traditional skills, including sharpening and working with scythes, can become daily tasks for a back-to-the-lander.
NORM SHAFER
Kelly Coyne And Erik Knutzen In Garden
Maintaining a garden inside the city limits can provide the majority of your produce.
CAROLINE CLERC
Cam Mather And Wife
Mix one go-getter family, acreage with good soil, and a farmhouse outfitted with a small wind turbine and solar panels, and you've got the makings of a self-sufficient homestead.
KATIE MATHER
Deborah Niemann And Pigs
Deborah Niemann reaching out to scratch Lily, the American Guinea sow.
LYNN STONE
Shannon Hayes And Family
Bob and Shannon Hayes preparing family supper.
TERRY WILD STOCK











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