Homestead Living and Livestock

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

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.

Beekeeping 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.


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.

Dear MOTHER October/November 2017

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

I'm at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Fair!

By Carole Coates

Have you been wondering what goes on at a Mother Earth News Fair? Read here for a play-by-play of my first day at the Seven Springs, PA, fair.

Security Considerations for Remote Homesteads

By Anna Twitto

It isn’t a secret that living remotely exposes one to a certain risk — in fact, there are thieves and burglars specializing in remote homesteads and farms. Here is my advice for ensuring security on a remote homestead.