Homesteading & Livestock

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

5 Homestead-Made Holiday Gifts

By Fala Burnette, Wolf Branch Homestead

Are you searching for handmade gift ideas this holiday season? Learn about five simple ways you can use repurposed material found around your homestead to create unique gifts, including wood-slice jewelry, canned goods, and a picture frame made from wood pallets.

Use Rabbit and Chicken Manure to Build Soil on Urban Farms

By Tobias Whitaker

As is the problem with many urban farms, space is extremely limited. In turn if careful consideration is not taken an urban homestead can face any number of problems caused by depleted soil such as disease, pest and poor crop production. That is where chickens and rabbits come in.

7 Advantages of Keeping Guinea Fowl on Your Homestead

By Jennifer Poindexter, Morning Chores

Despite its negative reputation for being loud, there are many advantages of raising guinea fowls in your homestead. Here are seven of them, including guinea eggs, natural pest control and fertilizer, and as a source of food.

Winter Care for Working Farm Dogs

By Jan Dohner

Winter is coming and with it lots of well-meaning folks saying that all dogs need to come inside. However, many hardworking farm or ranch dogs need to be outside in weather of all types, especially livestock guardian dogs who need to protect their charges day and night.


Winter Storm Preparedness: Tips for Thriving Off-Grid

By Alyssa Craft

After purchasing our beautiful 5 acres last fall, we were almost immediately hit with a massive storm. When I say massive, I mean 100-year windstorm type of weather. Yikes! We learned fairly quickly and in the midst of it all, how we could be better prepared for the next storm. Hopefully through our experience, we can help YOU with your winter storm preparedness.

Cycles of the Season: Homesteading Beneath the November Deer Moon

By Aiyanna Sezak-Blatt, Wild Abundance

In November, we walk into the heart of fall and into forests aflame with color. It is a time when the veils between the worlds are thin, when our ancestors linger close, and when we bear witness to an amazing transformation: from life to death, from abundance to scarcity, for light to dark. Here is your homesteading checklist for November.

A Year at Bees of the Woods Apiary: October

By Jennifer Ford, Bees of the Woods Apiary

This month we have been focused on making sure our bees have enough honey for winter. We will talk about a new tool we are trying out to help us with this, as well as some tips and tricks to avoid starvation in hives.

10 Forms of Off-Grid and Remote Communication

By Christopher James Marshall

Limited communications is one objection to off-grid and remote living. Here are 10 ways to communicate with the outside world via electronic and non-electronic means.


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.