Homestead Living and Livestock

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

21 Things to Know Before Starting a Goat Farm

By Julia Shewchuck, Serenity Acres Farm

21 things you should know — or wish you had known — before starting a goat farm.


Installing Proper Goat Fencing Video (Video)

By Kerry W. Mann, Jr., HomesteadHow

After years of upgrades and patches we are now doing what we should have done on day one, and that is to get proper, quality livestock fencing.


Dear Mother: Life in a Little House

By Mother Earth News readers

Check out this reader's letter about the big impact MOTHER EARTH NEWS has had on her life.


Hand Tools and Techniques for Home Landscaping

By John Vivian

Learn about hand tools and techniques for home landscaping, including working in wooded land areas, clearing brush, problems with established sod, removing tree roots and common sense landscaping tips. Originally published as "Hand Tools and Techniques for Home Landscaping" December 1997/January 1998 MOTHER EARTH NEWS. 


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Why Raise Silkie Chickens?

By Kristen Tool, Olsen Farm

At Olsen Farm, we know all chickens are special, but there is something particularly magical about the silkie breed. Here are unique traits of these birds.


Use Dry Leaves as Chicken Coop Bedding

By Anna Twitto

Dry leaves are a readily available, eco-friendly, and FREE poultry-coop bedding option.


The ABCs of Homesteading: U is for Uncertainty (with 3 Steps for Managing It)

By Tasha Greer, reLuxe Ranch

Act broadly, adapt quickly, and overcome uncertainty using your homestead, research and an open mind.


Backyard Quail: An Ideal Poultry Bird for Small-Scale Farmers

By Michael Feldmann

Quails raised for meat and eggs in your backyard are friendly, inexpensive, and tender, and their eggs are in many places considered a delicacy.



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