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Homestead Living and Livestock

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

Navigating a Frightful Goat Kidding Experience

By Carrie Miller, Miller Micro Farm

When kidding becomes scary, it's the middle of the night and everything goes wrong.


Why are Honeybees at My Bird Feeder?

By Julia Miller, Five Feline Farm

Honeybees are endlessly fascinating and there is something new to learn every day. My question is: what would the honeybees be eating from a bird feeder?


Meet Your New Best Friend for Property Clean-Up: Root Grapple

Cleaning up limbs and tree branches by hand isn’t a quick or easy job. But with the help of a root grapple you can make property clean-up a breeze.


Marketing Homestead Products: Should You Rent a Farmer's Market Stall?

By Kayla Matthews

If you're interested in learning how to join a farmer's market, discover the numerous benefits of renting a stall.


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Beating Boredom on the Homestead

By Fala Burnette, Wolf Branch Homestead

Whether it's trying a new hobby or picking up a good book, consider these ideas to beat boredom on the homestead this spring.


Learn Homesteading Skills: Our Complete Homestead Know-How Series

Take your homesteading skills to the next level with these articles about homestead water sources, farm fencing, working dogs and more.


Make an Emergency Plan Book for your Homestead

By By Mary Jane Phifer, SteelMeadow Farm

Don't wait for the unexpected to happen: Compiling a farm plan book for emergencies will help those taking care of your farm when you are away.


Farming Smarter, Not Harder, Part 2: Herd Size and a Farm Business Plan

By Mary Jane Phifer, SteelMeadow Farm

Can old dogs learn new tricks? Read on and hopefully you will learn from our homesteading mistakes!



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