Homesteading & Livestock

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

Country Lore: Training Chicks to Eat Weeds

By Rhianon Gill

If you feed your chicks weeds early on, they'll be more likely to clean up your weeds when they grow up.

Country Lore: Get Rid of Mice

By Milton Ammel

A little apple cider vinegar goes a long way in repelling mice.

Country Lore: Early Spring Rhubarb

By Doris Stebbins

Here are some reader tips for earlier spring rhubarb.

Country Lore: Mothball Repellent

By Marcella White

Keep pests away from your mailbox with mothball repellent.


Country Lore: Curing Dutch Elm Disease With Turpentine

By Johnnie Williams

This reader used pure gum turpentine to cure a tree's Dutch elm disease.

Country Lore: Nest-box Padding

By Robin Arnold

Propper padding in nest boxes is important for avoiding cracked eggs.

Country Lore: Candied Ginger

By Kathy Fisher

Yum! Candied ginger is delicious and easy to make.

Country Lore: Handy Circle Hoe

By Angel Franklin

A circle hoe is a handy tool for weeding in tight spaces.

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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.