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Homestead Living and Livestock

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

3 Supplemental Income Streams for a Homestead

By Amy Vaughan-Roland, Daily Crisis Farm

Disruption to my homestead’s income has sent me seeking alternatives: selling home-canned goods and unique plants as well as bartering.


Purchasing Land for Self-Sufficiency? Here are a Few Considerations

By Monica White

If you're considering purchasing land to support a self-sufficient lifestyle, slow down and do the necessary homework outlined here — you’ll actually be closer to homestead happiness.


Living Well & Wise, Episode 2 – Live Deliberately with Rob Greenfield

We revisit a past episode, where Charlotte French and Russell Mullin discuss Rob Greenfield’s journey from an average, materialistic guy to a well-known eco-activist and adventurer.


Butchering Meat: Beef, Mutton and Poultry

By John and Sally Seymour

A guide to butchering meat from a great homesteading book about self-sufficient farming includes tips on butchering beef, butchering sheep and butchering poultry. Originally published as "Farming for Self-Sufficiency: Independence on a 5-Acre Farm" in the January/February 1975 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.


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I Used to Be a Beekeeper

By Betty Taylor

After years of keeping honeybees, Betty Taylor began to lose 30 to 50 percent of her hives each year. In a reflective essay, she tells you what happened.


Considerations for Electric Goat Fencing, Part 2

Mary Powell, Barnyard Weed Warriors

How much fence do you need when renting out your goat herd for weed control?


5 Rare Chicken Breeds You Need in Your Backyard

By David Woods, Log Cabin Hub

An important part of beginning your chicken-keeping hobby is choosing which breed of bird to house in your backyard coop.


Will a Pandemic Bring Us Closer to Home(steading)?

By Carrie Williams Howe

What will you take with you from this pandemic that might actually improve your life and bring you closer to your homesteading goals?



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