Homesteading & Livestock

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

Once-a-Day Milking From a True Believer

By Julia Shewchuk, Serenity Acres Farm

Learn from Serenity Acres Farm's experience to determine whether once-a-day goat milking schedule is as good a fit for you as it is for us.

10 Ideas to Save Money as a Homesteader

By Jennifer Poindexter, Morning Chores

As one who practices the self-sufficient, fulfilling way of life, I have a few tips that can help you in your journey. Here are some frugal living tips that you can do to save yourself money and help you become less dependent on others.

Milking Cows with a Bucket Milker

By Steve Judge, Bob-White Systems

A bucket milker is somewhat mechanized, one step up from hand milking.

What's It Like Butchering Roosters for the First Time?

By Alyssa Craft

We are new homesteaders and wanted to share our first experience butchering roosters. It didn't go exactly according to plan but we survived and are one step closer to being self sufficient!


Happy Homesteading?!

By Jeremy Obermeyer, Obermeyer Heritage Farms

This post describes how “easy” I thought this would be and how wrong I was!

Story of a Pampered Piglet

By Laura Berlage, North Star Homestead Farms

There's something adorable about baby animals that need extra help - runts, triplets, orphans - but they're also a bundle or work! Here's a tale of care, ingenuity, and a very long car ride about our latest adventures with needy baby animal care.

The Pitchfork Pulpit: Composting Livestock Manure

By Joel Salatin

If you aren’t already composting your livestock’s manure for the garden or field, you’re missing out!

Dear MOTHER: December 2016/January 2017

By Mother Earth News Readers

Reader letters on how to live a simpler life, hot water on demand, leaky ponds, pork belly bacon, Facebook Live, and more!


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.