Homesteading & Livestock

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

Renewing Old-World Skills with a Modern-Day Twist

By Shane Floyd, Floyd Family Homestead

The revitalization of the “Back-to-Basics” movement has brought with it the old-world skills that the pioneers once used to survive, but with a modern-day twist. While no longer essential to survival, these skills are now being used by modern homesteaders to gain their freedom from dependence.


5 Tips for Homesteading with Kids

By Carrie Williams Howe

One of the primary reasons we purchased our homestead was to create a place that would be better for our kids — a place where we could provide for them and also help them to develop a sense of connection to the play where they are growing up. These strategies are helping us to find that balance, all while realizing that we have the rest of our lives to build our homestead but only a few precious years when our children are young.


Unplugging to Reconnect: Homesteading and the Kids' Higher Education, Part 4

By John Atwell

Less common, but proven, strategies for securing a child's college education can keep the child involved in the building and running of the homestead through their years of higher education while producing a more well-rounded, responsible, mature, and competitive graduate — all at a fraction of the cost of more typical approaches.


How Modern Homesteaders Can Make Money in the (Live)Stock Market

By Tim Young

If you enjoy livestock and are comfortable marketing to customers, there’s a lot of money to be made in the (live) stock market. And it’s a safe market that’s always in demand.


-Advertisement-

Off-Grid Laundry Easy with Hand-Crank Wringer

By Linda Holliday, Well WaterBoy Products

A simple hand-crank wringer gets clothes cleaner, less wrinkly and dry more quickly when washing laundry by hand off-grid.


3 Fertilizer Teas for Plants

By Sean and Monica Mitzel, Sovereign Sonrise Permafarm

If you are trying to stay away from chemical fertilizers, stack the functions of the plants and animals on your property and save money then these simple fertilizer teas are just for you. There are many different kinds of fertilizer “teas” and we will be covering three of them in this blog. We will talk about comfrey, rabbit manure and vermicompost tea!


Learning About Raising Chicks from a Mama Hen

By Amy Fewell, The Fewell Homestead

We can argue about how to raise chicks all day, but when it actually comes down to how mama hen and nature do it, no one is going to tell her how she can and can’t do it. Here’s what my Mama Hen is currently teaching this homesteader about raising chicks on our homestead.


Making the Ultimate Brooder Box

By Kirsten Lie-Nielsen, Hostile Valley Living

Having an area properly prepared for your new chicks or ducklings is important in making sure they grow up healthy and safe. For some, it is easiest to use an old dog crate or a plastic tote and outfit it for the occasion, but if you are going to be getting new poultry regularly or annually, it is often best to build a brooder specifically for raising your young birds.




dairy goat

MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR

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.

LEARN MORE