Homestead Living and Livestock

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

Rare Breed Conservation and Other Reasons to Buy from Local Poultry Breeders

By Marissa Buchanan, Buchanan’s Barnyard

Why buy chicks from a big-name feed store when you could help support a local breeder? My experience shows that chicks and ducklings bought from local breeders are hardier, healthier, and overall happier. Learn how purchasing chicks locally can support local economies, livestock conservation and introduce you to new breeds.

Composting with Worms

By Felicia Rose

How and why we compost with worms.

Homesteading With Young Children

By Rosemary Hansen

Are you interested in homesteading with young kids? Not sure if you can do it safely and without wearing yourself to the ground? Here are Rosemary's tips and real life experiences homesteading with her three young kids and husband.

Planning Ahead

By Bruce McElmurray

Having a plan in place helps avoid anxiety, stress and panic.


Homesteading Mistakes and Lessons Learned, Part 3: Don’t Put the Chicken Before the Coop

By Becca Moore

It can be easy to get ahead of ourselves and attempt to make our homesteading and self-sufficiency goals become reality faster than anticipated. However, doing so can create many difficulties and a ton of stress. It is best to wait until we are prepared and have the essential resources available to us before we make additions to our homesteads.

Tanning: A Valuable Skill to Learn

By Fala Burnette, Wolf Branch Homestead

Learning to tan the hides of culled livestock and game can be a valuable skill to take on. From extra income to craft materials, learn about the benefits of tanning!

Tips for Raising Baby Chicks

By Shelby DeVore, Farminence

Getting baby chicks this year? Learn what you need to be prepared for your new chicks.

How Much Meat Can One Pig Produce?

By Shelby DeVore, Farminnence

Although there is a little bit of variance as to how much meat you can expect, the cuts of meat from a pig don't change.

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