Homesteading & Livestock

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

Cycles of the Season: Homesteading Beneath the November Deer Moon

By Aiyanna Sezak-Blatt, Wild Abundance

In November, we walk into the heart of fall and into forests aflame with color. It is a time when the veils between the worlds are thin, when our ancestors linger close, and when we bear witness to an amazing transformation: from life to death, from abundance to scarcity, for light to dark. Here is your homesteading checklist for November.


A Year at Bees of the Woods Apiary: October

By Jennifer Ford, Bees of the Woods Apiary

This month we have been focused on making sure our bees have enough honey for winter. We will talk about a new tool we are trying out to help us with this, as well as some tips and tricks to avoid starvation in hives.


10 Forms of Off-Grid and Remote Communication

By Christopher James Marshall

Limited communications is one objection to off-grid and remote living. Here are 10 ways to communicate with the outside world via electronic and non-electronic means.


How to Prepare Chicken Coops for Winter in 6 Steps

By Jennifer Poindexter, Morning Chores

Winter is coming soon. Make sure your chickens are prepared for the worst temperature. Here are 6 things you need to do to prepare your chicken coops for the upcoming winter.


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The Importance of Socializing Livestock

By Fala Burnette, Wolf Branch Homestead

Spending the time to frequently handle your poultry and livestock can be important to you! Find out why in this article about socializing your farm animals.


Why 'Self-Sufficiency' is Not a Sufficient Description for Homesteading

By Carrie Williams Howe

Despite how much we do on our own land, we are far from self-sufficient. We are part of a local and global community that cares about where their food comes from and cares about taking care of the earth. Buying our homestead has actually increased our commitment to this community - to sharing what we do with others and to learning from what others share.


Maximize Ranch Profits with Tips for Using Livestock Scales

By Kevin Hill, Quality Scales Unlimited

Learn the significance of modern weighing scales in gauging livestock performance and making better decisions. It elaborates on five practical tips that livestock ranchers and farmers can use to maximize profits from farm animals. As modern weighing equipment has become a necessity for livestock business success, these five tips will ensure that farmers invest in the right equipment and derive maximum benefits from them.


Fall Treats for Chickens: Selecting Seasonally-Appropriate Foods (& What to Avoid)

By Emily Baker, Incubators.org

Chickens love varied diets! Feed them seasonally appropriate food to provide delicious, inexpensive treats for your flock.