Homesteading & Livestock

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

Back to the Land With Mother Earth News in Hand

By Kurt Jacobson

A look at the back to the land movement of the 1970s and recreation of that movement in 2018.


Being Thankful

By Laura Berlage, North Star Homestead Farms

After the harvest season, it's time for reflection and giving thanks for all the little things that have made life on the homestead special and enjoyable.


An End to Mud Season

By Laura Berlage, North Star Homestead Farms

Finally, the ground is frozen, and the wrestle with this year's epidemic mud is over...I think...


Night Farming

By Laura Berlage, North Star Homestead Farms

Just because the days are short this time of year doesn't usually mean that there's less work to do. Strap on a head lamp and we're off for the adventure!


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A Year of Mud

By Laura Berlage, North Star Homestead Farms

Now, I know that there are four seasons in Wisconsin: Summer, Deer Season, Winter, and Mud Season. But it's supposed to be just a season, right? Not this year!


Life with Pie

By Laura Berlage, North Star Homestead Farms

It's so iconic, pie. It's hard to imagine the homesteading lifestyle without it. Wait...no...don't even go there!


Ducks on Demand

In this episode of MOTHER EARTH NEWS and Friends our guests discuss the darlings of the barnyard, ducks: what to feed them, how to house them, their behavior and what they bring to the table.


Before You Build Your Home, Read This

By Carole Coates

Do you have dreams of building your own house? Maybe it’s about to become reality as part of your modern homesteading plan. In this article, the author shares tips based on her own home building experience.