Homesteading & Livestock

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

Beekeeping Short Course & Queen Rearing at WSU

By Melanie M. Kirby, Zia Queen Bees

Washington State University Bee courses June 9-11, 2017 includes workshops on everything you need to know to get started with keeping and raising healthy honey bees.

Make Fabulous Goat's Milk Soap

By Julia Shewchuk, Serenity Acres Farm

Follow this very simple recipe and instructions to make a successful batch of Goats Milk Soap

Gardening At High Elevation and Volunteerism

By Bruce McElmurray

A two part blog on high elevation gardening and volunteerism.

Pigs in the Rut

By John Klar

How to employ pigs to remove stumps and stones.


Freezing Meat : We Say Yes!

By Kristen Kilfoyle, Sugar River Farm

Kristen from Sugar River Farm explains why they choose to sell frozen meat to their customers.

12 Ways To Start Homesteading Today

By Paul Scheckel

Why wait for that big move to the country to start homesteading? There's so much you can do today on a small and important scale.

Profitable Permaculture Principles

By Joel Salatin

The application of permaculture design at Polyface Farms has helped increase the farm’s efficiency and functionality.

Country Lore: June/July 2017

Submitted by MOTHER EARTH NEWS Readers

Readers’ tips about transporting goats, teaching kids through nature, local lumber mills, and more.

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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.