Homestead Living and Livestock

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

Start ‘Em Young: Connect Kids with the Land to Yield a Lifetime of Harvests

By Rory Groves, The Grovestead Farm

Bringing your children into land-based jobs at home teach intergenerational skill-sharing, offer a break from screen time, and install a lifelong work ethic.

How to Make Soap from Ashes

By Paul D. Matteoni

Soap making in the woods can be almost automatic. Hardwood ashes are some of the best producers of lye.  Add a bucket of rain water and some left-over cooking fat and you can easily brew up enough soap to clean everybody and everything. Originally published as "Soap Making in the Bush" in the January/February 1972 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Soap Making Recipes and Tips for the Homesteader

By the MOTHER EARTH NEWS editors

Learn about the basic soap making process. Instructions for preparing fats, making a variety of soap types, and rescuing a bad batch are included. Originally published as "General Notes On Soap Making" in the January/February 1972 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Growing Apple Trees Ecologically: A Guide to a Low-Spray Orchard

By Brenda Olcott-Reid

By choosing apple varieties and rootstocks adapted to your area's climate and pests, keeping trees healthy through good site selection, and using biological controls, you can grow high-quality, low-spray apples.  


Collect Windfall Apples

By Heidi Hunt

Collect apples from old homestead trees for the best in flavor for sauce and pies.

Apple Picking: Not Your Usual 9 to 5 Job


For those folks who can't abide a 9 to 5 job, apple picking is a seasonal job with little experience needed, just hard work to earn a decent wage. Originally published as "How To Be a Fruit Tramp" July/August 1970 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

An Interview with Dr. Grant Woods of, Part 1

By Fala Burnette, Wolf Branch Homestead

This article introduces to our hunters, homesteaders and self-sufficient individuals who harvest deer each year to feed their families.

How to Keep Your Chickens Happy: A Chicken Owner’s Adventures

By Claire E.

Chickens get bored easily, so they need a lot of enrichment activities. Here are some tactics Claire E. and her family have tried, including a few misadventures.

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