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Homestead Living and Livestock

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

Should You Assist Chicks During Hatching?

By Anna Twitto

Should you assist a chick that is struggling to get out of the shell, or let nature take its course?

Back in the Homestead Saddle: Starting from Scratch amid Health Crisis

By Jim Christie

Seven years ago, we moved back to the U.S. after 10 years in Australia. Then, life happened. Learn how we started our homestead dream over amid health crisis, tragedy and a pandemic.

Keeping Bees: Using the Top-Bar Beekeeping Method

By Phil Chandler

Conventional methods of keeping bees are effective, but top bar beekeeping is simpler, less expensive, gives bees a greater degree of freedom, and still leaves you with honey and pollinated crops.

Keep Summer Bees Cool

By Kim Flottum, Bee Culture

Cool bees are more productive than bees that have to work at keeping cool. Here's several ways to help your bees keep cool this summer.


'Blind Hog and Acorn’ Podcast Brings Ozark Homesteading to Listeners

By Mary Jane Phifer, SteelMeadow Farm

Not only are blogs long to write, butthe reader is tied to a screen. Is there a way to convey the text without requiring eyes glued to a display? Yes! Podcasts!

Home, Garden and Orchard Layout

By Ron Melchiore

Using a compass and some of the considerations for locating the house, garden and orchard on the new homestead.

Guide to Electric Fence Selection


Use this guide to electric fence selection to help you find a fencer, how it works, set up, planning a pasture, wire, posts, installation, and hook ups.

Types of Fences for the Homestead

By Steve Maxwell

Learn about fencing and energizer options before installing a well-built fence to add value and security to your land. Originally published as "Fencing for the Homestead" in the February/March 2006 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

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