Homestead Living and Livestock

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


Adjusting to Scale: Farming Organic Grains

By John Wepking

By embracing unexpected transitions, the Wepkings have uncovered new farming opportunities.


Are Your Chickens Laying Funky Eggs?

By Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton

In the spring, double-yolked eggs, extra large eggs, and extra small eggs are all common.


Dear MOTHER April/May 2018

MOTHER EARTH NEWS readers

Letters from our readers about hugelkultur gardening, locating homestead schools, DIY successes, and more.


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How to Grow Chestnuts and Hazelnuts and Why You Should: Chestnuts

By Garth Brown

As with all trees, planting chestnuts and hazelnuts take a little money and a good bit of time. But once they are established they will produce huge amounts of food for years with minimal human attention. Their growth habits and the nutritional qualities of their respective nuts make them perfect companions. Here we look at chestnuts.


How to Recover From Damage to Your Home

By Kayla Matthews

If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation where your home has suffered serious damage, doing these six things can help you recover.


Homesteading With A Sober Eye

By Anna Twitto

Before you jump into homesteading, you ought to get to grips with financial realities.


Reflections from Our First Goat Kidding Season, Part 1

By Carrie Miller, Miller Micro Farm

Ginger, our gorgeous Oberhasli goat breed doe, is the first due to give birth. For any goat owner, the kidding season can come with its share of stresses. However, when it’s your first kidding season, it can be downright terrifying. Here is how we prepared for our first goat kidding season.



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