Homesteading & Livestock

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

Q&A on Remote, High-Elevation Homesteading

By Bruce McElmurray

Many factors entered into living remotely, but mostly, we wanted to spend our retirement in the mountains. From first visiting our property at 9,800 feet, we fell in love with the seclusion and wildlife. In 20 years of full-time living here with the animals, we've had a couple iffy encounters — here is a rundown on how to deal with remote living in the mountains: predators, water, food procurement and more.


Great Guide to Guinea Fowl

From providing pest control to acting as therapy animals, find out how guineas are improving lives! Tune into the MOTHER EARTH NEWS and Friends podcast episode Great Guide to Guinea Fowl!


Photo Essay: Mother Earth News Fair in Pictures

By Carole Coates

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. I'm saving lots of words by offering you an overview of the Pennsylvania Mother Earth News Fair in pictures.


8 Homesteading Winter Preparations to Begin in the Fall

By Kayla Matthews

A self-sufficient lifestyle requires attention and preparation. As the summer months end and the fall weather begins to roll in, winter preparation is necessary for the future of your garden, pasture or ranch. Here are eight winter prep tips homesteaders should complete by the end of autumn.


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Bee Tips

By Kim Walter

Tips for the bee yard.


How to Recover from a Fire on a Homestead

By Bobbi Peterson

Knowing how to prevent a house fire and knowing what to do if one occurs is something every homesteader should have knowledge of.


Dear MOTHER October/November 2017

Letters from our readers about aging gardeners, resilience in the face of natural disaster, and more.


Things to Consider When Buying a Tractor

By Tim Nephew

A closer look at your farm and acreage is the first step when considering a new — or new-to-you — tractor purchase.