Homesteading & Livestock

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

The ABCs of Homesteading: K is for 'Kitchen Skills'

By Tasha Greer, reLuxe Ranch

This is the ninth blog post in an alphabetically organized introduction to homesteading. It covers kitchen skills and ideas to help make homestead cooking with simple, homestead grown, and locally sourced food an everyday activity.

Rethinking Our Free-Range Policy

By Anna Twitto

We were always big advocates of free-ranging chickens, but lately we have had to rethink our strategy.

Fruit Tree Pruning Basics

By Mary Lou Shaw

Everyone can do a good job pruning fruit trees just by learning two basic types of cuts, investing in good tools, and keeping in mind long-term goals. Good pruning results in healthy trees and fruit, and trees that are kept to the desired size and shape.

Meet Fritz, a Rare Appenzeller-Spitzhauben Breed Rooster

By Tom Hemme, Hemme Farms

Our rooster fancies himself a very special individual with his funky tuft of feathers instead of a cone and his beautiful black, white, and blue feathering. He is a rare Appenzeller Spitzhauben, the national bird of Switzerland. We have named him Fritz for his background.


Wood Heat and Chickens: Two Steps Toward Self-Sufficiency

By Jeremy Obermeyer, Obermeyer Heritage Farms

Even though it's winter, you can still take steps towards self-sufficient living. Here's what we've done with chopping firewood and raising backyard birds! As long as you’re going in the right direction, learning from and correcting your mistakes, and making progress, you will never be a failure.

Chicken-Coop Primer

By Anna Twitto

Tips for those planning their first chicken coop.

On the Homestead Under January's Coppice Moon

By Aiyanna Sezak-Blatt, Wild Abundance

Coppice mulberries, red maple, locust, and willow: Here is a homesteading to-do list for January.

How to Better Protect Your Free-Range Flock

By Tammy Taylor, Taylor-Made Homestead

We wanted to add a chicken run to our vegetable garden area to protect our hens from predators. But our garden layout presented some problems. Come yout presented some problems. See what we did to incorporate the chicken run without moving too much of the garden.


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.