Homestead Living and Livestock

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

Incremental Development on the Homestead

By Joel Salatin

Don’t try to tackle your homestead projects all at once; draw up a farm plan, prioritize, and then make progress little by little.

Dear MOTHER October/November 2018


Letters from our readers about living remotely, growing up in the country, Depression-era desserts, just getting started and more.

7 Expert Tips for Getting Started with Backyard Chickens

By Claire Woods, Editor of The Happy Chicken Coop

New to keeping backyard chickens? Read what our expert has to say about chicken math, point of lay (i.e. pullets), the pecking order, space your chickens require, using nesting boxes and many more tips.

Celebrating Five Years of Homesteading

By Kyle Chandler-Isacksen

How we got started as well as how our homestead has blossomed and transformed.


An Interview with Monty Roberts

By Fala Burnette, Wolf Branch Homestead

Monty Roberts is known around the world for his non-violent approach to training horses. We've asked Monty a few questions on his methods, and why they are so valuable to us.

How to Order a Side of Beef

By Meredith Leigh

Don’t be cowed by buying meat in bulk – check out this advice from an artisan butcher and our readers about ordering a side of beef, from calculating prices to communicating with butchers.

Rule #3: Your Farm’s Success Will Depend on Marketing

By Forrest Pritchard

Before you plant your first blueberries or start a flock of laying hens, make sure you know where you’re going to sell your products. A farmer shares his experiences.

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