Homesteading & Livestock

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

First Time Goat Owner? Be Prepared: Get the Facts, Part 2

By Susan Tipton Fox

Information on housing/shelter, health/maintenance, milking, horns or no horns and more!

The ABCs of Homesteading: L is for Legal Considerations

By Tasha Greer

This is the tenth blog post in an alphabetically organized introduction to homesteading. It covers legal regulations on homesteading and related activities.

Homesteader's Dilemma: "Don't Have Time"

By Laura Berlage, North Star Homestead Farms

Lambing season signals the sure sign of spring on our farm. After winter's time luxuries, it can be exhilarating and exhausting at the same time--soon creating the classic homesteader's dilemma of not having enough time to go around. Don't let "I don't have time" bite you by surprise this spring.

The Challenges of Operating a Micro Dairy and Producing Safe and Delicious Milk and Dairy Products for your Friends Family and Community

By Steve Judge

Though Micro Dairies are generally small managing them can still be a challenge even when compared to larger dairies


First Time Goat Owner? Be Prepared: Get the Facts, Part 1

By Susan Tipton-Fox

We offer some questions and answers to those looking to add goats to their homestead and/or farm.

Setting Up an Off-the-Grid Homestead in a Hay Field

By Kirk Winter

You would be very surprised at how many properties are for sale that are not listed in any magazine or with any realtor. In these very rural areas, bulletin boards host many FOR SALE properties from local folks. They have the same hope of cutting out the guy in the middle and reaping pure profit. However, some think that their $15,000 property is worth $30,000. Here is how we found affordable property for homesteading.

Mud Season

By Laura Berlage, North Star Homestead Farms

Spring is on its way, but there's one thing that cannot be avoided in the process...and that is mud season.

7 Myths and One Truth About Soap Making

By Julia Shewchuk, Serenity Acres Farm

You too can make soap and don't let anybody tell you different. It's as easy as pie.