Homesteading & Livestock

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

7 Tips for Beginning Chicken Keepers

By Anna Twitto

This post is for people thinking about, or just beginning, to keep a backyard flock of chickens. Perhaps you’re like us — you wish you had chickens and feel that your sustainable, self-reliant life wouldn’t be complete without some hens clucking and pecking around your back yard. However, you’re a little intimidated by actually jumping in. Here’s my two cents, after several years of raising chickens under our belts.


Hatching Eggs Using a Surrogate Hen

By Fala Burnette, Wolf Branch Homestead

When one of our hens went broody, we asked ourselves if it was possible for her to hatch out a nest of ducklings instead of chicks. The result was a protective hen and four healthy baby ducks!


Homesteading Through the Seasons: To-Do List for August's Elderberry Moon

By Aiyanna Sezak-Blatt

Learn about harvesting winter medicine, seed saving, wild-food foraging, and garden preparations for August from Wild Abundance, plus a recipe for making elderberry syrup by Wild Abundance Director Natalie Bogwalker.


The Difference Between Top-Bar, Warre, and Langstroth Beehives

By Jennifer Poindexter, Morning Chores

There are three types to choose from: the top-bar, Warre, and Langstroth hive. Each hive has its own strengths and weaknesses, and the one you choose depends on your needs and preferences.


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The ABCs of Homesteading: G is for 'Goats'

By Tasha Greer, reLuxe Ranch

This is the fifth blog post in an alphabetically organized introduction to homesteading. It covers considerations for how to raise goats on your homestead, including research strategies, space planning, herd management, the fundamentals of milking goats, pasture development, and making cheese and yogurt.


Starting a Rotational-Grazing Goat-Rental Service, Part 2: When Things Go 'Baahd'

By Susan Tipton-Fox, The Mushroom Hut @ Fox Farms/Micro Dairy

When starting a farm business, make sure you know your states rules and regulations. You can contact your states Department of Agriculture and/or your county Cooperative Extension Agency for info. Make sure you know what you need to know about the basic safety and maintenance of goats to begin with: What are their needs when it comes to health, shelter, food, etc., and what are concerns such as plant toxins and predators?


Life on a Homestead

By Shane Floyd, Floyd Family Homestead

Homesteads come in different shapes and sizes but what is constant is that life on a homestead is one of hard work and great joy.


Starting a Rotational Grazing Goat-Rental Service, Part 1

By Susan Tipton-Fox, The Mushroom Hut @ Fox Farms/Micro Dairy

Goat rentals are a good way to "value-add" your goat herd, as well as provide additional rotational-grazing space. But, sometimes you run into problems. This blog series about how we started our rotational-grazing goat-rental service wil outline what some of those problems are and how to deal with them.




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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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