Homestead Living and Livestock

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

Essential Oils: Helping Your Birds Live Their Best Lives

While there is still skepticism around the use of essential oils and more research to be conducted, some poultry farmers have integrated essential oils and other natural ingredients into their birds’ diets to promote flock health.

Dear Mother: Remembering Loyd Bruce Holman

Letters from Our Readers

Read letters submitted from readers about a cartoonist, waterfowl, chair care, hops yeast, Japanese beetles, and more!

Root Cellar In a Box

By Rory Groves, The Grovestead Farm

No root cellar? No problem. This small-scale and simple approach will preserve your harvest through the winter.

Raising Sheep for Excellent Quality Wool, Part 1

By Kat Ludlam, Willow Creek Farm

Breeding, feeding, and caring for your sheep properly will result in a much better quality of wool, set your fleece apart from the rest, and increase your profits.


Putting Pigs and Chickens to Work Clearing Land

By Jo deVries

The clay-based lowland is heavy with nutrients and water, and plants and trees grow incredibly fast. Having the pigs is a huge benefit for me and offers them a great quality of life.

How to Buy a Homestead for Cash

By Kerry W. Mann, Jr., HomesteadHow

Six years ago, we I purchased our 20-acre homestead for cash. We worked hard for many years and saved and used our own money.

Why We Use Reusable Canning Lids

By Kat Ludlam, Willow Creek Farm

Shortages of canning supplies across the US are making reusable canning lids a more popular option, though there are even more reasons to give them a try.

Building An Emergency Poultry Kit

By Fala Burnette

Consider building an emergency poultry kit to have on hand in case of accident, illness, injury, and the like with tips and helpful ideas from this article.

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