Homesteading & Livestock

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

A Year at Bees of the Woods Apiary: September

By Jennifer Ford, Bees of the Woods Apiary

This month, we've been busy getting bees ready for winter. Read on to see how a small apiary prepares its bees get ready for the tough months ahead.


Why Raise Heritage Breeds of Livestock?

By Kirsten Lie-Nielsen, Hostile Valley Living

Heritage breeds connect us with our past and often can bring a farm a variety of benefits.


Simple, Low-Budget, Off-Grid, Gravity-Fed Water System (with Video)

By Alyssa Craft

In this post we'll share the solution we've found for our off grid gravity fed water system. Easy and cost-effective, it's a winner for us and our property!


From Corporate Drones to Organic Farmers: Putting Our Plan into Action

By Sarah Ratliff

Having already made the decision to leave our all-consuming, consuming-all lifestyle, now the trick was to sell our house during the worst recession since the Great Depression and get out of dodge.


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Self Sufficiency and Sharing Resources

By Bruce McElmurray

Growing and raising your own food and sharing it with neighbors.


A Dignified Look at Chicken Butchering Day

By Laura Berlage, North Star Homestead Farms

Everyone likes a tasty chicken, but how about what happens during the time between the clucking, feathered bird and the freezer? Here’s a dignified look at a poultry processing day on our farm, feathers and all.


Hatching Chicks Using Incubators vs Broody Hens, Part 2

By Anna Twitto

In my previous post, I discussed several points comparing the relative benefits of using incubators for hatching chicks vs. doing things the natural way - that is, assigning the job to a broody. Today I am going to cover some more factors influencing the chicken owner's decision on this matter.


Wild-Food Foraging and Harvesting Beneath September's 'Apple Moon'

By Aiyanna Sezak-Blatt, Wild Abundance

A monthly guide and to-do list applying permaculture through the seasons with Wild Abundance.




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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.

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