Homesteading & Livestock

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

Freezing Meat : We Say Yes!

By Kristen Kilfoyle, Sugar River Farm

Kristen from Sugar River Farm explains why they choose to sell frozen meat to their customers.

12 Ways To Start Homesteading Today

By Paul Scheckel

Why wait for that big move to the country to start homesteading? There's so much you can do today on a small and important scale.

Profitable Permaculture Principles

By Joel Salatin

The application of permaculture design at Polyface Farms has helped increase the farm’s efficiency and functionality.

Country Lore: June/July 2017

Submitted by MOTHER EARTH NEWS Readers

Readers’ tips about transporting goats, teaching kids through nature, local lumber mills, and more.


Custom Furniture Company Builds with Salvaged Wood

By Kale Roberts

Bootstrap business Baldwin Custom Woodworking transforms diseased trees into handmade heirloom woodworks.

A Passion for Heritage Pigs

By Dorsey Holme Kindler

A burgeoning pig farmer perseveres through rough patches to provide pastured pork to farm-to-table restaurants.

Spring is here! Time to Get Busy!

By Tia Douglas

First thorough spring beehive inspection.

Training Dogs Not To Kill Chickens

By John Klar

How to train a dog not to kill or maim poultry.


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.