Homestead Living and Livestock

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

Keeping Your Working Dog In Line

By Mary Powell

Working dog breeds often need chiropractic care as they are more active than most household pets.


You've Heard About Pet Shops, but What About Poultry Shops? Part 1

By Marissa Buchanan, Marissa Buchanan, Buchanan's Barnyard

Tired of scouring the internet for poultry supplies, one poultry farmer decided to open a home-based retail business that sells all things poultry.


Urban Chicken Predators

By Anna Twitto

Moving to an urban area means dealing with different, rather than fewer, chicken predators.


Crafting with the Yellow Popular Tree

Letters and photos by readers

Read up on readers’ tips for crafting with the yellow poplar tree, building a solarium, a sump pump watering system, and more.


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What We Can Learn from Raising Livestock

By Joel Salatin

Raising livestock has taught Joel Salatin a lot about his own behaviors and interactions.


The Honeybee Swarm that Got Away: Lessons from Overextending on Homestead Tasks

By Nicole G. Carlin, Singing Wren Farm

Buying a farm, moving toward greater self-sufficiency, and experimenting with traditional skills are incredibly exciting and terribly hard work.


The Secret Cost of Corrosion on the Homestead

By Kayla Matthews

In 2016, the corrosion of equipment and materials cost the United States more than $1 trillion.


The ABCs of Homesteading: T is for Tools

By Tasha Greer

This A-Z guide can help you pick the tools that enhance your homestead life without wasting money.



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