Homesteading & Livestock

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

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.

How One Farm is Reinventing Agriculture with ‘Carbon Farming’ and a ‘Full-Diet’ CSA

By Jay Walljasper

Old McDonald of E-I-E-I-O fame would feel right at home on Essex Farm, a 600-acre spread in upstate New York where the future of American agriculture is being radically reconceived. It takes a transformative vision of farming as a way to provide people local, wholesome food at a reasonable cost using methods that restore the earth, reinvigorate rural communities and fight climate change.


The ABCs of Homesteading: I is for 'Income'

By Tasha Greer, reLuxe Ranch

This is the seventh blog post in an alphabetically organized introduction to homesteading. It covers ideas for making an incoming and adjusting your lifestyle to reduce your dependence on external income for greater self-sufficiency.

How to Produce the Safest (and Most Delicious) Milk on a Micro Dairy

By Steve Judge, Bob-White Systems

Milk is food. Commercial dairy farmers are under so much pressure to increase milk production and cut costs that they often overlook that fact. When you are selling your milk directly to your customers, it is extremely important to pay attention to and be knowledgeable about milk flavor, shelf life and safety. This post will outline each.

Turkeys on the Table

By Laura Berlage, North Star Homestead Farms

It's the gobble-gobble time of year, but before the plate, there's that long day of poultry processing. Here are some musings from our last day of turkey butchering on the homestead.

Turn Waste into a Resource with Human Manure

By Sean and Monica Mitzel, Sovereign Sonrise Permafarm

Let’s embark on the taboo subject of human manure! The problem of waste in an off grid or grid down situation is embarrassingly simple. Most people don’t consider waste when thinking about emergency preparedness. Human excrement is actually not waste at all, we only approach it as waste. In permaculture you will often hear, “the problem is the solution.” In this case, the “problem” really is a solution and is, in fact, a great resource.