Homesteading & Livestock

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

Country Lore: June/July 2017

Submitted by MOTHER EARTH NEWS Readers

Readers’ tips about transporting goats, teaching kids through nature, local lumber mills, and more.


A Passion for Heritage Pigs

By Dorsey Holme Kindler

A burgeoning pig farmer perseveres through rough patches to provide pastured pork to farm-to-table restaurants.


Spring is here! Time to Get Busy!

By Tia Douglas

First thorough spring beehive inspection.


Training Dogs Not To Kill Chickens

By John Klar

How to train a dog not to kill or maim poultry.


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Preparing a Farm Animal First-Aid Kit

By Kirsten Lie-Nielsen, Hostile Valley Living

It is important to be ready in case of emergencies on the farm.


Capturing a Swarm of Honeybees

By Julia Miller, Five Feline Farm

Collecting a swarm of honeybees to expand your apiary can be exciting. Planning ahead will help you be successful.


Thrifty is Still in Style

By Laura Berlage, North Star Homestead Farms

Don't throw that away! I could use it for something--a pig shelter, a fencing project. Add it to the "someday" pile and get back to farming!


Unlikely Heroes: Ducks

By Laura Berlage, North Star Homestead Farms

When the early spring garden is in peril of being consumed by the hungry deer, who do you call? Ducks! Really? Yes...and electric fence, and Nite Guard, but I like to think it's the ducks.