Homesteading & Livestock

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

Tips to Assemble a Hobby Bee Hive Kit

By Kerry W. Mann, Jr.

We start our journey as bee-keepers and share some tips on assembling a beehive kit.

Community Chickens Podcast

Listen as we tell you how to raise your own birds from incubation to dinner plate – and everything in between – breed selection and disease treatments, nutritious feeds and cool coops, predators and eggs

Making Mulch with Permaculture Design

Use greywater diversion to expedite the production of valuable mulch.

Taking on Debt to Finance a Dream

 By Courtney Lowery Cowgill

Read the story of a farmer who chose to not let fear of debt and failure stop her from starting a farm.


Homestead Chores for the Mid-Summer Months

By Ann Larkin Hansen

Manage your homestead this summer by following this guide to seasonal chores and gardening.

When the Cold Sets In

By Laura Berlage, North Star Homestead Farms

It's pretty darn cold out there right -20 degrees kind of cold. How does that impact a homestead? Bundle up and come along.

Enjoying the Snow

By Laura Berlage, North Star Homestead Farms

I know that shoveling snow might not be your favorite, but if you live in the Northland, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the snowy time of year on the farm!

Homestead Repurposing 101

By Laura Berlage, North Star Homestead Farms

Is repurposing genius thinking? Finding a new use for an old or broken item on the homestead is actually an artform. Curious as to how that works in everyday life? Read on!