Our chickens aren't fond of the snow and the wind, but we found a way to let them enjoy the sunshine from the comfort of their coop!
On-going series on my family's efforts to raise urban chickens in our Minneapolis backyard.
It takes commitment and determination to live remotely in the mountains.
Using fresh raw cream to make butter by hand.
How to make a cheap hay feeder for goats that cuts down on wasted hay.
HOMEGROWN Life blogger and Bay Area homesteader Rachel shares her New Year's resolution for 2014: buying food directly from farmers.
While the snow's flying, this is a good time to plan your garden rotation, order seeds, preheat early spring garden areas, and more.
This May 2014, Be the Change Project is attempting to build a cob house in one day with 50 people.
Finding the right book for yourself is hard. Even harder if you are trying to learn something new. A BeeWeaver beekeeper, Emerson Arehart, read many beekeeping books and came up with a short list and summary to help you get started learning about bees.
Another season of pigs and the work of raising, feeding and butchering them in the urban setting.
More goat babies and finding ideas to make money on a farm.
Cage culture can be a way to supply fish as healthy protein for your family or for a local market.
Learn the basic skills useful for mountain homesteading.
Love of family, love of tradition, love of pumpernickel bread — need I say more?
Ilene White Freedman celebrates with her friends at their homestead-warming, after over two years of living in a trailer while renovating a dilapidated house. Their restoration includes the original logs and stone kitchen of a historic cabin. Some uninvited guests from the farm’s livestock take a house tour too.
White Family Rotary treadle sewing machines are well-made and easy to operate – but the hand wheel operates backward of other treadles. Modern bobbins can be used, if one extra step is taken when winding on thread.
When the temperature drops below zero Fahrenheit, you have to keep an eye on your goats.
Haven't made any New Year's resolutions yet? No worries. HOMEGROWN.org has you covered with 10 ways to change the world in 2014, starting in your own backyard.
A recipe for a grease patty that doesn't use hydrogenated oils.
Splitting firewood is a heavy-duty, daunting task, but this video shows that it doesn’t have to be with the use of this ingenious log splitter.
It seems only common sense that you don’t depend on a single source alone for life-giving home heat in the winter.
After trials and errors with various forms of bread baking, it seems that for sandwich bread success, the key is having the right tools for the right job. Introducing the Pullman Loaf Pan!
A systematic approach to conquering what holds you back, and buttering your fresh warm victory.
How to keep your livestock warm and your life full on chilly winter days.
Take a look around your property and decide where to put your new beehives. Some considerations for hive placement.
Using a mortar and pestle to create a variety of spice and herb blends.
In Part One of this post, Jan Dohner explained how the different Livestock Guard Dog breeds were developed and introduces us to their differences in style of work, temperament and other behaviors. In Parts Two and Three, we take a brief look at some of the more common LGD breeds available in North America.
How our "thanks for nothing" month came to be.
HOMEGROWN Life blogger and Maine dairy farmer Dyan Redick gets through winter — and goat breeding — by taking a page from her herd and sticking together.
By focusing on the conscientious habits and self-reliance of its readers, MOTHER EARTH NEWS has seen its audience quadruple over the past decade. Publisher Bryan Welch discusses the reasons for this growth.
Gardening is as easy as you want it to be!
Each year we try to challenge ourselves with an entire month where we spend no money, and avoid using energy.
Mountain homesteading in a remote area.
Cowpies are a valuable source of clues about your herd's health and productivity. A quick look at manure consistency in the pasture can help you manage for peak profit.
There is hard work homesteading in the mountains and the weather dictates much of those challenges.
How to prepare for a successful kidding season.
With all the TV shows depicting "survival", I will sort through the various groups and argue that the reality shows are far from reality.
Day 2 has a haphazard start with no hot water for a proper cup of tea, and people are arriving early for a day of consulting. What's the solution to keeping water hot overnight on top of a wood stove so there's plenty for hot tea, doing dishes and a shower?
Putting into practice those great intentions: Living on preserved hard work and home canned peaches these short days.
A hippie in the 1980s who demonstrated for a clean environment, particularly water, now owns an online water filter business where she shares her views about the scarcity and fragility of water, the toxins dumped in it and what we can do about it.
Describes the winter hive life of the honey bees.
Fed up with cheap, easily breakable clothespins, craftsman Herrick Kimball is now making Classic American Clothespins and has a vision for inspiring others to make them in their communities.
Cam looks back at the challenges of moving to his off-grid home.
Jennifer Ford of Bees of the Woods Apiary shares some beekeeping crafts and activities to pass the time until you can get back out in the beeyard this spring.
Musing on how most of us believe "the end" is near for various reasons.
Providing your own sewer, water and power can be more expensive and is certainly less convenient but that's not all there is to consider. This article takes a look at some of the other differences between public and private services.
What needs doin' in the beeyard?