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Homestead Living and Livestock

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

DIY Rabbit Hutch From Wooden Pallets

By Sarah Cuthill

Gather a few pallets and get geared up to make your very own spacious rabbit hutch with just a few supplies for under $25 dollars!

Construct a Chicken Moat for Effective Garden Pest Control

By Gene Gerue

Construct a chicken moat for effective garden pest control. Surround your garden with this double-fenced chicken run to keep bugs at bay.

Save Work and Time With the Deep Litter Method

By Vicki Mattern

Deep litter coop management keeps chickens happy and healthy, and it’s easier for you.

Profit From a Home Sewing Business

By the MOTHER EARTH NEWS editors

Profit from a home sewing business, work 25 hours a week at your sewing machine as a seamstress and make $300 a month while keeping track of the kids at the same time. Originally published as "It Pays To Be An Old Sew-And-Sew" November/December 1977 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.


How to Care for a Treadle Sewing Machine

By Kent Rayman

Kent Rayman provides a detailed guide on sewing operating problems and how to maintain an antique treadle sewing machine.

Fabric Patterns and Homemade Clothes: A Tribute to a Mother’s Love

By the MOTHER EARTH NEWS editors

A mother's love is shown for her daughter by patiently crafting dress patterns from frugally saved fabric while the rest of the house is fast asleep.

Sewing and Quilting the Old Way with Rags

By Linda Holliday

Ripping apart old clothing and other rags to remake into useful items takes more time than purchasing new fabric, but the rewards – reducing landfill overload, reviving an old-fashioned skill, conserving a treasured memento and saving money – are worth the extra trouble.

Getting Started With Milk Sheep on the Homestead, Part 2: Choosing and Caring for Sheep

By Kat Ludlam, Willow Creek Farm

Milk sheep are a unique and fun option for dairy livestock. Part 1 discussed getting your housing and supplies together. Here we cover basic care of milk sheep.

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