Learn Homesteading Skills:
Our Complete Homestead Know-How Series

To run a successful homestead, one needs to tap into the skills needed for a self-sufficient life. Homesteading skills include installing durable farm fencing, knowing the best ways to chop and store firewood, providing at least a portion of your own food, and more.

At MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we have a 40-plus-year tradition of arming homesteaders with practical, straightforward advice, and in recent years, much of this advice has been relayed via our popular Know-How department. This Homestead Know-How page includes links to a number of articles that promote strong homesteading skills and are written by experts in the field.

Types of Farm Fencing

Farm Fencing: Horse High, Chicken Tight and Bull Strong

With farm fencing, there’s plenty to consider: Woven wire or high-tensile? Electric or non-electric? Here’s how to make the best choice for your animals.



Homestead Water Sources

Homestead Water Sources and Options

Mystified by water pumps and the prospect of digging a well to provide drinking water and more? Wade through your options for finding clean water and making it flow.