Homestead Living and Livestock

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

Woodstove Radiant Heat Pro-Con

By Bruce McElmurray

Heating with a wood stove is cheap, efficient and comfortable yet a little messy.

Keeping Ducks

By Nicole Wilkey

Keeping ducks on your homestead for eggs or meat and their needs.


By Mary Powell

I never intended to raise pups, but I did and I found out it is a LOT of work and takes a lot of time.

In Defense of Banjo Jokes

By Michael Johnathon

The banjo is the most popular, and misunderstood, front porch instrument.


Small Steps

By Jeremy Obermeyer

In order to achieve our goals of self-sufficiency, we must start with small steps.

Homesteading Mistakes and Lessons Learned: Part 1

By Becca Moore

My family had been dreaming about buying our own homestead for many years. So, when the opportunity arose, we jumped on it without even thinking twice. We were quite ignorant and naïve about the entire process and were humbled by our experience. The lessons we’ve learned over the last two years will guide us through the rest of our homesteading journey.

Adding Goats to the Homestead

By Shelby DeVore Farmenence

If you are considering adding goats to your farm, there are a few things that you need to be aware of to make sure that your goat experience is rewarding and pleasant.

Artificial Insemination Sires and Online Dating

By Meg Grzeskiewicz, Rhinestone Cattle Co. LLC

Selection of bulls for the artificial insemination of your cows or heifers should not stop with a sire catalog. There are many important factors in bull selection that can’t be determined with catalog information.

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