Homesteading & Livestock

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

How Cows Make Milk

By Steve Judge, Bob-White Systems

We take it for granted that cows and other mammals make milk for their babies and for us. The process is truly a miracle of nature. What follows is a brief explanation of exactly how cows make milk.

Hatching Chicks using Incubators vs Broody Hens, Part 1

By Anna Twitto

Is it better to use an incubator for hatching chicks or do things the natural way by hatching chicks using a broody hen?

Ducks or Geese for Farm Poultry?

By Kirsten Lie-Nielsen, Hostile Valley Living

Both are fun birds for the farm, but there are some key differences between ducks and geese.

The ABCs of Homesteading: H is for 'Horticulture'

By Tasha Greer, reLuxe Ranch

This is the sixth blog post in an alphabetically organized introduction to homesteading. It covers an understanding of what horticulture is and why it is important to homesteading. You'll find reading recommendations, information on plant selection, garden planning, plant propagation, seed saving, and food security.


The Stay-at-Home Advantages of Freelance Writing as a Homesteader

By Lydia Noyes

Homesteading is tricky enough without a full-time outside job. If you're passionate about where you live, it pays to think outside the conventional job market for full-time jobs that you can do right from home.

What It's Like Cutting Your Own Firewood in the Forest (With Video)

By Alyssa Craft

Two homesteaders share first-hand what the reality of cutting your own firewood is like. If you haven’t cut your own wood before, there can be a lot to know and learn!

How My Husband and I Went From Corporate Drones to Tropical Organic Farmers in Puerto Rico

By Sarah Ratliff

Learn what the catalyst was behind the huge leap from corporate drones to becoming organic farmers in Puerto Rico — despite knowing nothing about farming, not speaking the language and knowing only a handful of people. Although family and friends thought we were crazy, it was the sanest decision we ever made, and we couldn’t be happier with the way our life has turned out. Amid animals being dropped off to us, frequent power and water outages, and being separated from our family, we are truly happy for the first time in our lives.

From the Ravages of Fire Come Berries

By Ron Melchiore

'Tis the season for harvesting. Specifically, for me at least, the abundant blueberries and cranberries that are in quantity and free for the taking. How we take advantage of prior devastation from forest fires to pick our yearly supply of blueberries and cranberries.


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.