Homesteading & Livestock

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

Country Lore: Use Vinegar for Stain-free Diapers

By Shayna Rehberg

If your munchkins use cloth diapers, vinegar can help keep them soft and clean.

Country Lore: Edible Theme Gardens

By M. Eileen O’Dea

These edible theme gardens are fun and handy.

Country Lore: Grow Potatoes in Biodegradable Boxes

By Mary Swindle

Cardboard boxes make great vessels for growing potatoes.

Country Lore: Clover Ground Cover

By Kathryn Bowlin

Clover makes a pretty ground cover for areas where grass doesn't grow well.


Country Lore: Free Solar Hot Water

By Sheila Foy

Using the sun to heat water is cheap and relatively easy.

Country Lore: How to Grow Parsnips

By Grace Case

These reader tips for growing parsnips will have you eating sweet roots within the next year.

Country Lore: The Right Mower Tires for Rough Ground

By Maynard M. Mitchell

This reader found more appropriate riding-mower tires for his area.

Country Lore: Build a Home for Bats

By Michael J. Spadoni

Bats are great bug eaters, and this reader tip will help you keep them nearby.


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.