A dairy goat owner chronicles the frustrating beginning of her first breeding season.
How to prepare your hives for the winter to protect them from mice, skunks, opossums and other wildlife.
Bringing back Victory Gardens could help ease hunger and dependence as U.S. social aid programs, such as Food Stamps, are drastically cut.
Only through selfless, voluntary, individual sacrifice can we expiate our essential human flaw and restore the Garden. We have to accept mortality as the necessary and – if voluntary – heroic alternative. We must divert the resources we are using to mindlessly expand human life and work and invest them, instead, in the improvement of all life both human and non-human.
Not all beehives are created equal. This post examines Langstroth beehives, Top-Bar beehives, and Warre beehives in order to help a new beekeeper determine which system is the best for her bees.
Curing sweet potatoes so their starches turn to sugars; plus my three favorite recipes.
Author Maggie Bonham recounts the various ways she's managed to obtain free goats, including Craigslist ads and trading for chickens.
Some observations after demonstrating the Norwood sawmills in Pennsylvania and Kansas.
Regular tasks that keep our cabin comfortable and welcoming.
A new homesteader commits some classic mistakes when buying her first goat.
Although used less commonly than dogs or llamas, here is one more possibility for a livestock guardian – a guard donkey.
Harnessing the power of anger mixed with love to turn the world right side up again.
Author Marjory Wildcraft visits Cuba to learn how people learned to grow food after the country’s economic collapse when fuel and other imports stopped arriving.
A gourmet guide to preserving the last harvest from your garden.
Butchering can be intimidating. Learn how to process a chicken in this video that covers equipment, humane killing methods, plucking, eviscerating and more.
What it means to stick up for yourself when you experience pesticide drift.
There used to be, from Maine to Georgia and west to the Mississippi river, 20.000 grafted apple varieties. Today, when commercialism is king and the most known apple varieties are the 5 kinds offered in the supermarket those old varieties are worth paying attention to. As with all things around us, diversity is interesting and sustainable.
Now the milk is in the chill room and we can eat cheese and freshly made chiabata with nearby cheese and horseradish sauce.
The diva of re-use, Annie Warmke, talks about simple steps to take in the barn yard for re-purposing and reducing waste. After reading this article you won’t be able to think about things like llama poo or beer bottles in the same way again.
It doesn’t matter how much you know already, there is always something to learn at the Mother Earth News Fair.
We love our lifestyle and all the hard work that is associated with this lifestyle is just a small part of it.
Origins, constituents, and applications of propolis, including recipes for propolis remedies.
HOMEGROWN Life blogger and Pennsylvania homesteading mama Michelle takes a young woman under her wing for a first lesson in homemaking.
After three years of trying to build the barndominium in three week per year spurts, Jim has relocated back to Texas to complete the build while Julie remains in Australia to finish her work there and transfer to the US.
Even when the chicks have left the nest, they never really leave.
How do folks get from city dwellers to homesteaders? Annie Warmke interviews Carie Starr, owner of Cherokee Valley Bison Ranch in Central Ohio.
United Nations Climate Week invokes memories of first Earth Day and how far we have yet to go to clean up our environment.
We’ve compiled a list of chicken coops for your convenience.
For the past few years, we've experimented with different ways of storing food fresh and now we're eating garlic, onions, squash, carrots and beets in June.
Having guests visit your beeyard takes a lot of planning and preparation. Jennifer Ford of Bees of the Woods Apiary shares her experience having visitors in the beeyard, along with some tricks and tips to make the visit go more smoothly for everyone.
Writer attributes eating wild food, game, homegrown vegetables and forest food to good health.
Communicating via letters mirrors the pace of a handmade life.
There is much to be learned when taking care of dual-purpose cows including how to avoid birthing problems and retained placentas, how to manage mastitis and when to do artificial insemination.
The little used herb lovage makes an attractive addition to the edible landscape and provides a smoky flavor to soups and stews.
Did anyone ask if you wanted your milk to be homogenized?
Render beeswax from your wax cappings easily and inexpensively.
HOMEGROWN Life blogger and Maine dairy farmer Dyan reflects on the changes that arrive with fall, including her own sense of melancholy.
Looking back the past three years and identifying what we have learned from our experiences.
Choosing the business model for Bob-White Systems micro dairy.
How to identify and cook with chicken of the woods mushroom, one of the most delicious and easy to identify wild edible mushrooms.
After three years of trying to build the barndominium in three-week-per-year spurts, Jim has relocated back to Texas to complete the build while Julie remains in Australia to finish her work there and transfer to the United States.
Watch Steve tell you his homestead story and how his two trucks have helped make good things happen.
To prevent algae growth deterioration by sun damage to a plastic rainwater tank, cover it with a painted bed sheet.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS Associate Editor Thaddeus Christian discusses the best firewood for your wood-burning furnace so you can enjoy wood heat all winter.
There seems to be limited testing done by the EPA on the toxicity of some chemicals.
HOMEGROWN Life blogger and West Missouri farmer Bryce Oates shares his approach to improving soil health and preparing a soil microbe brew.