Homesteading & Livestock

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

Things to Consider When Buying a Tractor

By Tim Nephew

A closer look at your farm and acreage is the first step when considering a new — or new-to-you — tractor purchase.


I'm at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Fair!

By Carole Coates

Have you been wondering what goes on at a Mother Earth News Fair? Read here for a play-by-play of my first day at the Seven Springs, PA, fair.


Safety For Lonely Homesteads

By Anna Twitto

Keeping safe on isolated homesteads and farms.


Tree Felling: Safety First

By Bruce McElmurray

Falling trees can be dangerous, so use safe practices.


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Chickens on the Homestead: to Pasture or Free-range?

By Rebecca Harrold

At our home we use a combination of pasturing and free-ranging for our chickens. We’ve given each method a try and find that a mix of the two works best for us.



Goats Or Cows?

By Anna Twitto

Choose the right kind of dairy animal for your homestead.