Homesteading & Livestock

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

Improving Orchards With Sheep Grazing

By John Klar

How to enhance soils, prune trees, and keep brush down in fruit orchards by grazing sheep and lambs.

Egg Anomalies

By Anna Twitto

All sorts of surprises can await the small flock owner in the nesting box.

Tanning Rabbit Hides

By Melissa Souza

Step-by-step description of how I preserve rabbit hides using salt and alum.

Managing Your Pig Pastures in Really Wet Weather

By John Arbuckle, Singing Prairie Farm

If you've ever raised pigs on pasture in prolonged rainy weather, you know how destructive they can be. Read on if you would like to see a small blueprint for successfully managing your pig pasture to sequester carbon, improve grass production and keep your animals comfortable in really wet weather.


How Homesteaders Can Vacation

By Mary Lou Shaw

Getting away on vacation is important for homesteaders' mental health and the health of their relationships. However, having animals to care for can make this feel almost impossible to do. With the help of community and some tips for keeping things simple, vacations are both possible and fun.

Soap Making Terms and Tools

By Julia Shewchuk, Serenity Acres Farm

Continue your journey to discover your inner successful soap maker with these step by step instructions.

Backyard Chickens: A Website for Poultry Lovers

By Fala Burnette, Wolf Branch Homestead

With over 450,000 members, is a website dedicated to all things poultry! With information on breeds, coop designs, and a healthy forum, this is a great go-to place if you want to learn more, or already have your own flock.

Dealing With Predators

By Anna Twitto

How chickens can be both prey and predators.