Homesteading & Livestock

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

Dear MOTHER December 2017/January 2018

Letters from our readers about alternative tractors, hide tanning, trusted animal companions, and more.


Homestead Technology for Disaster Preparedness

Add these dynamic tools to your emergency tool kit — they’ll boost camping trips and come in handy during catastrophes.


Loner's And Remote Living

By Bruce McElmurray

Do you need to be a loner to live remotely?


How to Make Charcoal From Wood

By Brett McLeod

With a few materials and an afternoon of time, you can make lumps of homemade charcoal to help keep your homestead running.


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Building with Trees and Tree Stumps

By Brett McLeod

You can utilize what you have from the natural world, like trees, to protect and secure your homestead.


Preparations for Splitting Firewood

By Brett McLeod

Build the perfect splitting block and prepare to split wood for the colder months.


How to Handle Flooding on Your Homestead

By Bobbi Peterson

After a flooding event occurs, there are a few things you need to do to assess the damage on your homestead.


Should You Raise Heritage Chicken Breeds?

By Anna Twitto

Any chicken will lay eggs, so why invest in heritage breeds?