Homesteading & Livestock

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

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.

Best Fuel for a Blacksmith Forge

By JC Crone, aka Mrs. Wranglerstar

Learn the difference between wood-burning forges and coal-burning forges to figure out which will be your best bet for blacksmithing.

Small-Scale Rotational Grazing

By Joel Salatin

Keeping your cattle, goats, sheep, or chickens moving is the key to successful, controlled rotational grazing on a small homestead.


Bringing Home a Maremma Sheepdog Livestock Guardian Dog

By Kirsten Lie-Nielsen, Hostile Valley Living

We recently brought home our first Livestock Guardian Dog, a Maremma Sheepdog we have named Stanley. Stanley is not a house pet, but an important part of all of our farm animal’s protection. Livestock Guardian Dogs are alternatives to hunting and patrolling for every predator on the farm, and they can save a farmer many headaches as long as they are properly trained.

Grappling with the Morality of Livestock Slaughter

By Destiny Hagest,

This article goes down a road a lot of us don't like to think about - is it okay to feel remorse and empathy for the livestock we raise? Here I talk about respectful harvest, and what it means to show compassion, even in the act of the cull.

Choosing a Milking Goat

By Anna Twitto

Many assume that a “good milker” means an animal with high milk yields. In fact, the milk yield forms only one part of the milker quality equation, the other two parts being the state of the goat’s udder and teats, and the animal’s temperament. Here are some guidelines for choosing a good family milking goat.

Using a Smart Splitter for Splitting Firewood Logs

By John D. Ivanko, Inn Serendipity

With great success, we’ve been testing out the Smart-Splitter to split our wood logs for firewood to burn in our woodstove. We found it simple to use, effective on most logs we tried, zero-energy, zero emission and definitely safe.