Homestead Living and Livestock

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

The Myth of the Mini Pig

By Marissa Buchanan, Buchanan's Barnyard

The myths and truths behind the mini pig. Also, how to care for one if you decide they are the right fit for your family.


Enliven Your Chickens’ Winter Diet With Food Scraps

By Rebecca Harrold

We collect food scraps from friends and neighbors to add variety to our laying flocks’ diet and to divert food waste from the landfill.


How Zinc Deficiency Affects Goats

By Carrie Miller, Miller Micro Farm

While goats can suffer from many different mineral and vitamin deficiencies, zinc is the one that we have been dealing with here on our farm. Can you love your goats too much? Can you feed them so well you are hurting them? The answer is yes! This is exactly what we found out we were doing.


Resilience for Land & Livestock

By Melanie Kirby

At the grazing conference you'll learn more about the innovative practices in cattle behavior of Dr. Grandin, a Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University. She has designed humane livestock handling facilities all over the world. Gabe Brown, a rancher from North Dakota, who is a leader in soil health and holistic management will share his successful, sustainable approach to grazing and pasture recovery.


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Goat Kid Care

By Shelby DeVore, Farminence

Baby goats are some of the cutest farm animals out there, but do you know how to take care of them?


Homescratch Homestead, Step 1: Creating a Treasure Map

By Lyndsay Dawson Mynatt

To develop a homestead, you first have to find it. Discover how to create a map that will guide you to your treasure.


Reflecting on Life and Death on a Family Farm

By Norma Vela, Dovetail Family Farm

After these few years here as a farmer, I now know for certain: Death takes us all. And Life goes on.



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