Homesteading & Livestock

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

How to Recover from a Fire on a Homestead

By Bobbi Peterson

Knowing how to prevent a house fire and knowing what to do if one occurs is something every homesteader should have knowledge of.


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.


Security Considerations for Remote Homesteads

By Anna Twitto

It isn’t a secret that living remotely exposes one to a certain risk — in fact, there are thieves and burglars specializing in remote homesteads and farms. Here is my advice for ensuring security on a remote homestead.


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Tree Felling: Safety First

By Bruce McElmurray

Falling trees can be dangerous, so use safe practices.


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.


A Nearly No-Landfill Waste System

By Holly Chiantaretto, Hallow Springs Farm

Removing yourself from the toxic cycle of waste can be difficult and expensive. This article shares some low budget ways to keep most of your garbage out of the landfill.