Homestead Living and Livestock

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

Growing Up Off-Grid: Interview with a Traditional Skills Pioneer

By Aur Beck, Advanced Energy Solutions Group

This article was produced from a 2019 interview with Renee, a 57-year-old retired librarian and knowledge manager, and married mom of two adult sons who lives 12 miles south of the state capital in Warren County, Iowa. As Renee will tell it, she “was raised with MOTHER EARTH NEWS.” And while she doesn’t claim to be an expert, but rather someone that learned and utilized information from the magazine from an early age, she’s used all the skills she learned through the years. “I still ‘use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without’, Renee says, and brings her feelings of blessed happiness into daily reading, weeding, crafting, and cultivation of the simple life.

How To Maintain A Gravel Drive Using A Box Blade With Hydraulic Scarifiers

Keep your gravel driveway smooth and firm by using a blade box with hydraulic scarifiers.

Backyard Poultry, Part 1: Growing Goslings to 4 Weeks

By Marissa Buchanan, Buchanan's Barnyard

Do you know how fast a gosling grows? This article covers how to raise your baby geese from hatching to 4 weeks.

The Lighter Side of Border Collies

By Mary Powell, Barnyard Weed Warrior

Miss Allie has always been silly but her silliness can also get the other dogs in trouble. Poor Fly learned the hard way that Grandma Allie can get her in trouble.


How to Treat Hoof Rot in Goats

By Shelby DeVore, Farminence

Hoof rot is a common issue that goat farmers must know how to deal with.

Try a Wall Tent for a Homestead Away from Home

By Kerry W. Mann, Jr., HomesteadHow

Our wall tent is truly a homestead away from home. We will use it to go hunting to provide meat for our homestead.

How to Keep Your Homestead Organized

By Nicole Wilkey

Keeping your homestead or farm organized and running smoothly for heard health, garden planning and financial ease.

‘Chicken Math’: Considerations for Growing a Chicken Flock Responsibly

By Ashley Sinkula, ABCDfarmhouse

Learn how this homesteading family in Wisconsin started out with seven chickens and quickly learned that they had many considerations to make their chicken coop plans a reality, including for flooring, insulation, ventilation, nest boxes, perches, bedding, and power.

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