Homesteading & Livestock

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

Story of a Pampered Piglet

By Laura Berlage, North Star Homestead Farms

There's something adorable about baby animals that need extra help - runts, triplets, orphans - but they're also a bundle or work! Here's a tale of care, ingenuity, and a very long car ride about our latest adventures with needy baby animal care.

The Pitchfork Pulpit: Composting Livestock Manure

By Joel Salatin

If you aren’t already composting your livestock’s manure for the garden or field, you’re missing out!

Dear MOTHER: December 2016/January 2017

By Mother Earth News Readers

Reader letters on how to live a simpler life, hot water on demand, leaky ponds, pork belly bacon, Facebook Live, and more!

You Can Save Money by Freezing Extra Milk

By Eric Reuter

Freezing extra milk ensures that you don’t have to buy any, even when your animals aren’t producing.


Build a More Resilient Homestead

By Alex Wilson

A longtime energy and resilience expert offers advice on how to make your home and land disaster-resistant.

Feeding the Fire in December

By Aiyanna Sezak-Blatt

Wood, wreaths, fires & feasting: to-do's on the homestead during the firewood moon.

Slow, Cut Flowers and a Solar Home

By K.C. Compton

This couple’s DIY drive led them to establish a cut-flower business and build a mortgage-free solar home.

Prevent Bird Flu in Your Chickens

By Rachel Falco of Falco’s Farm

Learn how to stop the bird flu virus in its tracks by raising happy free-range chickens.