Homesteading & Livestock

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

Fall Treats for Chickens: Selecting Seasonally-Appropriate Foods (& What to Avoid)

By Emily Baker,

Chickens love varied diets! Feed them seasonally appropriate food to provide delicious, inexpensive treats for your flock.

Mother Earth News Yanmar Field Day at Sanaview Farms

By Don Abbott, The Snarky Gardener

As a Mother Earth News blogger community member, I was invited to tag along on Yanmar’s Field Day with 60 other participants. Arriving at Seven Springs, Pennsylvania a day early, we rode to Sanaview Farms (Champion, PA) via bus just 20 minutes away. All I knew was there would be tractor and greenhouse workshops, so the entire endeavor was quite a mystery. Sometimes not knowing is the best thing to happen.

Senior Homesteading Injuries

By Bruce McElmurray

Because I am a senior homesteader, I write from experience and new experiences seem to surface from time to time to disrupt my normal homesteading routine. Sometimes, the mind is willing but the old body won’t respond as we wish, and this occurred to me recently, which is why I have not been posting for a few weeks. By telling of my experiences, perhaps it will benefit someone else.

10 Things to Consider When Building a Root Cellar

By Jennifer Poindexter, Morning Chores

Do you want to build a root cellar as a food storage that doesn't need electricity? Make sure you know these 10 considerations first.


Using Poultry in the Garden

By Kirsten Lie-Nielsen, Hostile Valley Living

If you think that poultry will only bring eggs and meat to your homestead, think again! Most birds bring some incredibly helpful personalities to your garden as well as your farm. With a little bit of strategizing you can learn how to best use chickens, ducks, geese, and more to help combat bugs and keep your soil fertile.

Homestead To-Do List for October: Plant Garlic, Harvest Apples, Mulching, and More

By Aiyanna Sezak-Blatt, Wild Abundance

Plant garlic, harvest apples, collect leaves for mulch, and preserve the abundance: Here is your homestead to-do list for October.

Building a Hot Tub Before a House: Explaining Our Homesteading Priorities (With Video)

By Alyssa Craft

The first big project on our off grid homestead was building a hot tub and deck, not a house. Why did we do something that seems so crazy to some folks? Read on to find out!

Becoming an Organic Farmer Starts with Baby Steps

By Sarah Ratliff

Just as babies learn more in the first two years of life, that's what it was like the first two years for us learning how to become organic farmers.

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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.