Homesteading & Livestock

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

Utilize Your Homestead Community

By Amy Fewell, The Fewell Homestead

It’s easy to seclude yourself in the great self-sufficiency movement, but sometimes we have to remind ourselves that there is constantly room for growth and community. It may look like trading with other homesteaders for soaps or produce, or maybe it looks like traveling across the country to a homesteading conference, such as the Mother Earth News Fair or Homesteaders of America. Whatever it is, utilizing your homestead community is essential to every homesteader.

Interesting Duck Breeds for the Farm: Cayugas, Fawn Runners, and Mallards

By Tom Hemme, Hemme Farms

We recently purchased another eight ducks of different breeds to add to our flock on the farm. Among those are Fawn Runner Ducks, Cayugas,and Mallards.

Get Rid Of Scaly Leg Mites on Chickens

By Anna Twitto

Simple and effective way for treating scaly leg mites on chickens.

Learning While Living Off-Grid

By Aur Beck, Advanced Energy Solutions Group

When I was growing up, I did not go to school aside from a semester of 9th Grade at an alternative school. Because I spent so little time in formal learning, I have never lost the joy a child has about learning something new.


Let’s All Go to the Mother Earth News Fair

By Carole Coates

Here is an overview of what the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR is and what makes it so special, highlighting a few of my favorite topics and speakers.

Choosing the Right Rooster

By Mary Lou Shaw

Choosing the right rooster is necessary to sustain your heritage breed flock . Selecting for the correct phenotype is important, but choosing a rooster with the right amount of vigor is essential.

The Therapy of the Clothesline

By Fala Burnette, Wolf Branch Homestead

People have different ways of unwinding during moments of stress; whether it's rocking on the front porch, reading a good book, or hanging clothes on the line. By focusing on the simple things in life, you can find peace in hard times.

Pork Jerky from Happy Pigs

By Kyle Chandler-Isacksen, Be the Change Project

Roam sticks are what happens when pasture, pigs, and permaculture come together.


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.