Homesteading & Livestock

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

The Benefits and Drawbacks of Farming With Horses

By Jake Page

This article discusses the benefits and drawbacks of farming with horses, including comments from farmers with real-world experience, different varieties of draft horses, and ideal size farms for draft horses.

Create Local Celebrations of Modern Homesteading

An editorial from MOTHER EARTH NEWS

MOTHER EARTH NEWS and GRIT magazine invite you to take part in International Homesteading Education Month this September.

Home and Garden Winter Preparation Checklist

By the MOTHER EARTH NEWS editors

Get your home, lawn and garden ready for the onset of the cold months with this checklist of fall chores. Originally published as "Fall Chore Checklist" in the September/October 1990 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Shelburne Farms: From Experimental Farm to Non-Profit Educational Corporation

By the MOTHER EARTH NEWS editors

Founded as an experimental farm in the 1890s, the family that owned Shelburne Farms coped with the pressures driving it out of business in the early 1970s by turning it into an educational farm and non-profit corporation.


Rural America: Moving to the Arkansas Ozarks

By Paula Thompson

Paula Thompson compares Arkansas Ozarks newcomers with the native Ozark population and raises concerns over re-creating the problems everyone came here to escape.

Learn the Art of Basic Paper Quilling Shapes

By Lana J. Bates

Learn antique paper quilling shapes and curls to create your own flowers, snowflakes, butterflies, birds, and abstract artwork.

Dear MOTHER: June/July 2012

Letters from our readers

Reader letters about apartment living, urban homesteading, raising rabbits, sustainable investing, homestead advice, building with SIPs, wild meat, global warming, sustainable families and hope for the future.

Use Recycled Coffee Cans for Easy Nail Storage

By Arthur Lee

You don’t have to waste time looking for the right nail again with this inexpensive nail storage solution.

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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.