Homesteading & Livestock

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

Keeping Backyard Bees

Keeping Backyard Bees is a joint effort by Mother Earth News and Grit magazines to create a hive mind of information on bees, beekeeping, pollen, hives, honey, and much more. Our audience may be seasoned beekeepers, interested in starting a hive, or just concerned about the well-being of bees and want to know how to help. You can make a difference, and we’re here to show you how.

Mother Earth News Fair Highlights, Part I

By Carole Coates

The author takes you on a tour of Asheville Mother Earth News Fair activities other than the always-informative workshops.

Spoil Yourself With This Milking Machine

By Carrie Miller, Miller Micro Farm

Learn about the Ultimate EZ Milker, which is perfect for any small scale dairy operation.

Making Hay – The Process and Helpful Tips

Making hay, broken down into four basis steps: cutting, tedding, raking, and bailing.


The Benefits of Livestock Productivity

By Joel Salatin

Livestock play an essential role in creating and maintaining a fertile, functional farm.

Dear MOTHER June/July 2018


Letters from our readers about solar energy homes, the next generation of earth advocates, stories of garden success, and more.


MOTHER’s product picks for June/July 2018

Mutual Benefits for Children and Chickens

By Rebecca Harrold

Hatching chicks at home taught our little ones some valuable life skills and lessons. Both the children and the chicks benefited from each other.