The DIY Life: Learn the Ways to Self-Sufficient Living

The MOTHER EARTH NEWS 2014 Homesteaders of the Year have taken self-reliance into their own hands, and with a little time invested in learning new skills, you, too, can achieve the DIY life and practice more self-sufficient living.

Modern homesteader Glenn Maresca of Duette, Fla., hangs with Willie, the potbellied pig. Willie is one of many rescue animals who now calls this farm home. He is joined by several poultry breeds, dogs and cows as part of the farm's livestock population, not to mention as part of a great source of entertainment and enjoyment.
Photo courtesy Lisa Neff and Connie Wolgast