Homesteading & Livestock

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

How I Started a Small Suburban Farm

By Michael Brown

This suburbanite transformed a patch of grass into food and established a lucrative backyard farm.

Power an Electric Fence with Solar

By Jeffrey R. Yago

Easy to install and shockingly versatile, a solar electric fence will give you the power to keep your animals in the pasture, even if you’re off the grid.

Transform Children’s Chores into Small Businesses

By Joel Salatin

Give kids responsibilities that will help them thrive while learning self-reliance.

Keep your Baby Goats Safe with These 11 Practical & Easy Tips

By Julia Shewchuk

Learn from Serenity Acres experience and keep your baby goats safe from harm by paying a little attention to the details.


How to Handle Cow-Calving Difficulties

By Mary Lou Shaw

Heritage breed cows seldom have calving equipment. When the do, you want to be prepared with the knowledge, equipment and community that result in a safe delivery.

Hatching and Raising Peafowl

By Anna Twitto

An introduction to hatching and hand-raising peafowl chicks.

Experimenting with Forage Options for Pastured Pigs

By John Arbuckle, Singing Prairie Farm

We set out this summer (2017) to document the nuts and bolts of feeding forages to pigs. Thanks to a grant from Sustainable Agriculuture and Reaseach Education (SARE) and our friends at Practical Farmers of Iowa, we are going to be able to offer the results of our research by the end of the year. We are recording data on three separate groups this summer.

Utilize Your Homestead Community

By Amy Fewell, The Fewell Homestead

It’s easy to seclude yourself in the great self-sufficiency movement, but sometimes we have to remind ourselves that there is constantly room for growth and community. It may look like trading with other homesteaders for soaps or produce, or maybe it looks like traveling across the country to a homesteading conference, such as the Mother Earth News Fair or Homesteaders of America. Whatever it is, utilizing your homestead community is essential to every homesteader.