Homesteading & Livestock

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

Backbone Food Farm: Growing Kids, Food, and Skills

By K.C. Compton

The entire Dubansky family takes part in tending to their organic food farm and providing other families with fresh, seasonal food.

Off-Grid, Organic and Old School

By RD Copeland

Join R.D. Copeland this Saturday at the Mother Earth News Fair in Belton, TX for his presentation: Off-Grid, Organic & Old School and at the DIY Showcase booth to learn how he built his sustainable life on the farm, using his own homemade devices and gadgets, to make life easier, at a fraction of the cost of store bought items.

The Bison Deep Well Hand Pump

By Steve Maxwell

Hand pump water with the Bison Deep Well Hand Pump, a great option for drawing water without electricity.

How to Tap Trees: Birch, Walnut, and Sycamore

By Brett McLeod

Want to branch out from maple? Use this guide to decide which trees to tap and learn about making birch syrup, making walnut syrup, and making sycamore syrup.


Aging Gracefully on the Homestead

By Mother Earth News Readers

Our readers have worked hard to build their homesteads, so why retire to the city? Here are some ways they’ve been able to stay on the farm.

Homesteading on Persimmon Ridge

By Betty Taylor

Refection on homesteading, past and current, on Persimmon Ridge.

Prepare Your Chicken Coop for Spring

By Anna Twitto

Checklist of things to do in the chicken coop in preparation for warmer days.

The Chicken Codex - Breeding a Better Bird, Part 2: Planning for Breeding Season

By Jeanette Beranger

At some point you will need to locate unrelated birds to help get diversity into the flock.