Homestead Living and Livestock

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

How I Chose a Border Collie as a Working Dog Breed, Part 2: Lessons from a Stock Dog

By Mary Powell

There is an excellent book written by Bruce Fogt entitled Lessons From a Stock Dog that is a must-read for anyone looking to own a Border Collie. There is a series of videos that go with the book and if you get both, it is an investment worth having.


New Beginning from Failure: (Re-)Starting My Self-Sufficiency Journey

By Jeremy Obermeyer

In this short time on Earth, we are given several chances to make ourselves better!


4 Steps to Making Your Backyard Chickens Happy During Winter

By David Woods, Log Cabin Hub

We all know that keeping chickens during the winter can be difficult, particularly when the snow and frost comes!


Cracking the Chicken Code: How to Change Local Backyard Poultry Ordinances

By Michelle Bruhn, Forks in the Dirt

I was shocked when I found out our city had a municipal ordinance that made it illegal to raise backyard hens. In 2016, I worked with my city council to change our municipal ordinance. Here are some easy steps to follow how to change chicken laws in your community.


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Choosing a Breeding Gilt

By Shelby DeVore, Farminence

Do you raise pigs on your farm? Learn how to choose which pigs you should keep to breed, and which pigs to raise for meat.



A Story of Two Stoves

By Rebecca Harrold

Why we chose to upgrade our wood stove.


So You Want to Start a Farm...

By Nicole Wilkey

Where to start, what to do {and what not to do} when preparing for your new farm life.



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