Homestead Living and Livestock

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

Using Pine Needles as Binder/Insulator in Earth Ovens

By Susan Tipton Fox

We want to provide alternative, and less expensive, ideas to replace straw in your earth oven builds.


Replace It or Repair It? How to Decide for Any Item in Your House

By Kayla Matthews

Being so handy can come with its drawbacks. When you know how to fix most things on your own, when do you draw the line and finally replace them? Here are some guidelines.


Self Sufficiency: Unpeeling the Myth, Embracing Homesteading

By Laura Berlage, North Star Homestead Farms

Can I be self sufficient on small acreage? Can I embrace homesteading on less than two acres? I'll unpack these two key questions and highlight the many empowering things you CAN do on small acreage homesteading.


If Vegetables Were Sexy

By Laura Berlage, North Star Homestead Farms

Well, then, you know you'd want some! They'd be everywhere, the hot new item, the cool accessory to your new look and a good chuckle.


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Pondering Over Adding Goats to Your Farm?

By Carrie Miller, Miller Micro Farm

A guide to help people decide if they are ready to take on goats. Helping them to make an informative decision.


Roosters and Neighbors

By Anna Twitto

How to keep your rooster from becoming a source of friction with your neighbors.


The ABCs of Homesteading: O is for Organic and Beyond

By Tasha Greer

This is the fourteenth blog post in an alphabetically organized introduction to homesteading. It covers the limitations of the organic standard and gives ideas for creating closed-loop homestead systems using Permaculture that go way beyond the organic standard.


The ABCs of Homesteading: M is also for Mushrooms

By Tasha Greer

This is the twelfth blog post in an alphabetically organized introduction to homesteading. It covers growing shiitake on logs as a meat alternative.



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