Homestead Living and Livestock

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

Enjoying the Snow

By Laura Berlage, North Star Homestead Farms

I know that shoveling snow might not be your favorite, but if you live in the Northland, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the snowy time of year on the farm!

Homestead Repurposing 101

By Laura Berlage, North Star Homestead Farms

Is repurposing genius thinking? Finding a new use for an old or broken item on the homestead is actually an artform. Curious as to how that works in everyday life? Read on!

The ABCs of Caring for Baby Chicks

By Anna Twitto

A short introduction to hand-raising baby chicks.

Laundry When You are Living Off Grid

By Aur Beck, Advanced Energy Solutions Group

Off-grid laundry done by hand and solar dried.


The Cabin In The Woods

By Bruce McElmurray

Mountain living is almost beyond description, but it comes with very hard work and some danger.

Back to the Land With Mother Earth News in Hand

By Kurt Jacobson

A look at the back to the land movement of the 1970s and recreation of that movement in 2018.

Being Thankful

By Laura Berlage, North Star Homestead Farms

After the harvest season, it's time for reflection and giving thanks for all the little things that have made life on the homestead special and enjoyable.

An End to Mud Season

By Laura Berlage, North Star Homestead Farms

Finally, the ground is frozen, and the wrestle with this year's epidemic mud is over...I think...

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