Homesteading & Livestock

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

Clean Pans With Baking Soda

By B.J. Gouedy

Banish burned-on food with baking soda.

Birdseed Storage Container

By Charles Smith

Use 3-liter bottles to store bird seed.

Save Your Kitchen Water

By Jennifer Schwabauer

Be water wise by conserving used kitchen water.

Pasture Management, Earthworms and Soil, and Other Old Time Farm Magazine Stories

By the MOTHER EARTH NEWS editors

Pasture management and the value of earthworms and soil were among the stories covered in old time farm magazines in the second decade of the 20th century.


Dear MOTHER: December 2012/January 2013

Letters from our readers

Reader letters about the return on investment from gardening, self-sufficiency in the city, living forever, cheap food, dogs on the homestead and more — plus dispatches from our first-ever International Homesteading Education Month.

Fast and Easy Homemade Drain Cleaner

By Deborah Haymons

Craft a sink plunger to clear your sink drain pipe.

Firewood Carrier

By Dan Martin

Short sonotube rounds can be used as kindling carriers. 

Free Fire Starters

By Pat Long

Dry pine cones make excellent kindling for starting a fire.


Mother Earth News Institute: The Basics of Beekeeping 2017

Aug. 26-27, 2017
Fletcher, NC.

From classroom to hive, two days of expert training designed to get the burgeoning beekeeper in business.