Homesteading & Livestock

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

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.

The Sapling: A New Option for Backyard Sugaring

By Carrie Williams Howe

This community-oriented family created an economical backyard evaporator that transforms into a grill for off-season use. When they decided to sell a few on a whim, they ended up turning their hobby into a business.

Processing Meat Rabbits

By Melissa Souza

How to process a meat rabbit in your own backyard.

An Interview With Railey Farm & Field

By Fala Burnette, Wolf Branch Homestead

Scott and Kathy Railey own a small farm in central Alabama that raises heirloom crops, with the goal in mind to teach others about sustainable agriculture. Learn more about what they do at Railey Farm and Field in this interview!


Dressing For Cold Weather in The Mountains

By Bruce McElmurray

Wearing proper apparel at high elevation.

Heating Your House with Wood, Part 2

By Ilene White Freedman, House in the Woods Farm

All about the rhythm of heating your house with wood and solutions to some of its challenges.

Choosing to Not Raise Pigs But Still Make Homemade Sausage

By Susan Berry

I love learning new skills. Sometimes our homesteading dreams are so big that our real life can’t accommodate them. But with perseverance and networking we can still live a quality homestead lifestyle. And do it without smelling like a pig.

A Pioneering Spirit and Other Values For a Successful Homestead

By Alexis Griffee

It takes a pioneering spirit to break the mold of modern society and choose the life of a homesteader. It does not matter how large, or small, your farm is, a pioneering spirit is an essential aspect of any successful homestead.