Homestead Living and Livestock

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

The Practicality of an Old Tractor

By Fala Burnette, Wolf Branch Homestead

Antique tractors are often seen today being featured in parades and at local shows. However, some of those tractors continue to serve in the fields and around the farm.

A New Tiny Farm Life in Vermont

By Darby Weaver, Sun Dog Farm

Just as winter rolls in, I've moved back to Vermont onto 20 acres to start a new farm and live in a tiny house.

Purina "Feed Greatness Challenge" 30-Day Update

Check out the most recent updates after 30 days into our experiment with the "Purina Feed Greatness Challenge."

Old World Skills Renewed

By Shane Floyd

The revitalization of the “Back to Basics” movement has brought with it the old world skills that the pioneers once used to survive, but with a modern-day twist.


The ABCs of Homesteading: P is for Ponds and Preparedness

By Tasha Greer

This is the 15th blog post in an alphabetically organized introduction to homesteading. It covers climate change preparedness and pond making.

Mercantile: Solar Gem Greenhouse and the Ultimate Cheese Press Review

Mother Earth News editors recommend the Solar Gem Greenhouse and the ultimate cheese press for our December 2018 / January 2019 issue.

Chicken Behavior: The Dust Bath

By Fala Burnette, Wolf Branch Homestead

The dust bath is an important part of chicken behavior. Learn why it is so valuable to their well-being, and how to make your own dust-bath mixture for them!

Farm Safety Takes Caution and Experience

By Joel Salatin

Pay attention and practice prevention to keep yourself secure while doing farm work.

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