Homestead Living and Livestock

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

A Different Perspective on Mowing

By Dyan Redick, Bittersweet Heritage Farm

Managing summer lawns and pastures is always a challenge. Sometimes, it’s all about a little bit of help and exploring possibilities.


Homestead Road Building and Site Clearing

By Ron Melchiore

The steps we took to clear the road to our new homestead site and how we manually cleared our site.


What Aspiring Homesteaders Should Know About Easements

By Ryan Tollefsen

Easements can affect a homesteader's ability to use their land the way they want. The following information can help homesteaders avoid issues with neighboring properties in the future.


Clicker Training Farm Animals (with Video)

By Fala Burnette, Wolf Branch Homestead

Would you like to make small-scale handling of your livestock less stressful? Are you interested in a fun summer project with your flock? Learn about clicker training for farm animals in this article.


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What is a Contemporary Ecovillage?

By Timothy Miller

Learn about the history of this type of American intentional community, which focuses on sustainability and meshing people on a small scale.


Short Growing Season Solutions

By MOTHER EARTH NEWS Readers

Find out how this Colorado gardener overcame climate and terrain obstacles to cultivate her own best growing practices.


Host a Homesteading Camp for Grandchildren

By Carole Coates

We all want children to treasure the earth and build life skills. Hosting a homesteading camp for grandchildren is a fun-filled way to do it.


The Making of a Vegetable Herding Dog

By Ilene White Freedman, House in the Woods Farm

Our farm puppy tested out different jobs. Here is the story of how our farm dog found his place in the work of a vegetable farm. He's a vegetable herding dog.



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